Community Health Assessment




The current health status of Mason County residents has improved over time as demonstrated by an increase in the life expectancy of the average resident (1). Some other strengths to highlight in this report include graduation rates, arrest rates, health insurance rates, unemployment rates and water and air quality.

• Graduation rates in Mason County are improving (2)

• Crime rates for youth are lower for all types of crime and have decreased over the past decade (3)

• Crime rates for adults are lower for property crime (3)

• Binge drinking rates for both adults and youth have decreased over time (4,5)

• Unemployment rates are decreasing (6)

• The number of individuals in Mason County who have health insurance is increasing (7)

• Water quality continues to improve (8)

• Air quality is good for the majority of the days in each year (9)


In addition to demonstrating our strengths, this report has highlighted some areas where Mason County can work to make improvements. Some notable measures where improvements could be made include substance use, obesity, safe sex practices, and poverty.

• Cigarette smoking rates remain higher than the state for both adults and youth (4,5)

• Electronic cigarette or ‘vaping’ rates are increasing (4,5,10)

• The rate of drug overdose deaths from any type of drug is higher in Mason County (11)

• Adult and youth obesity rates remain higher than the state (4,5,12)

• The increase in Chlamydia cases demonstrate a reduction in safe sex practices (13,14)

• The population of Mason County residents that live in poverty remains higher than the state (15)

• One third of residents are housing cost burdened (16,17)

The findings of this assessment will be used to identify the health priorities of focus for the Mason County Community Health Improvement Plan. The purpose of the Community Health Improvement Plan is to develop strategies to address the health priorities that are identified by the Community Health Improvement Plan Committee.

Questions about this report may be directed to

Melissa Casey, MPH

Community Health Education Specialist

Mason County Community Services

360-427-9670 ext. 406


(1) Community Health Assessment Tool – CHAT. Life Expectancy, 2012-2016

(2) Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction, State of Washington

(3) Risk and Protection Profile for Substance Abuse Prevention in Mason County

(4) Community Health Assessment Tool – CHAT. Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS), 2012-2016

(5) Washington State Healthy Youth Survey

(6) Unemployment Rates by County. Bureau of Labor Statistics

(7) U.S. Census Bureau's Small Area Health Insurance Estimates—SAHIE. 2012-2016

(8) 2018 Washington State Health Assessment, Washington State Department of Health

(9) Olympic Regional Clean Air Agency.

(10) Center for Disease Control and Prevention, “E-cigarette use triples among middle and high school students in just one year”

(11) Community Health Assessment Tool – CHAT. Washington State Residents Drug Overdose Quarterly Report, 2017

(12) Obesity Rates and Trends Overview. The State of Obesity

(13) Washington State Department of Health, Sexually Transmitted Infection Cases and Rates by County

(14) Community Health Assessment Tool – CHAT. Sexually Transmitted Diseases, 2008-2016

(15) Poverty Status in the Past 12 Months. 2012-2016 American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates

(16) Affordable Housing, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development 

(17) Comprehensive Affordability Strategy—CHAS. U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. 2011-2015