Lewis-Clark Valley report highlights economic stress, inaffordability of health care

  • Author: Arielle Dreher
  • Source: The Spokesman-Review
  • Date: 01/15/2020

"Families one catastrophe away from choosing between medication and rent. Transportation options severed, cutting off access to health care. Children’s dental care only accessible more than 50 miles away.

These are all snapshots detailed in the Innovia Foundation’s new community needs and opportunity assessment for the Lewis-Clark Valley Healthcare Foundation.

The report used community surveys and forums and compiled health data to gather a collective picture of what the three-state, nine-county region needs, health or otherwise. The region covers the fairly rural Idaho counties – Latah, Clearwater, Nez Perce and Lewis – along with Asotin and Garfield counties in Washington and Wallowa County in Oregon.

The community needs assessment highlighted residents’ challenges with many social determinants of health, including low wages, high cost of living and housing affordability."

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