Population Health

AHRQ COVID-19 Resources

Response to the COVID-19 pandemic

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) is the lead Federal agency charged with improving the safety, quality, and value of patient care delivered by America’s healthcare system. The Nation’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic is supported by AHRQ’s competencies in the use of practice improvement, health systems research, and data and analytics.

Well Child Visits

Well child visits are early periodic health screenings, where parents can talk with a health provider about their child’s development and their own parenting questions. Current literature suggests that children who receive well child visits are more prepared to start school and to optimize opportunities for healthy development as they grow.

Read more in the Population Health Guide.


Tobacco is associated with six of the top 10 leading causes of death including cancer, heart disease, chronic lower respiratory disease, cerebrovascular disease, diabetes, and influenza/pneumonia.

Some of these diseases and conditions are more common in certain groups in Washington State including African Americans, American Indians/Alaska Natives, Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islanders, lesbian, gay or bisexual adults, and adults from lower income households. These groups also have disproportionately high rates of tobacco use.

Oral Health

The rate of dental caries among third-graders in the state does not meet the Health People 2020 goal for children ages six to nine. This has broad implications for not only oral health, but general health, over the life span. This resource calls out the importance of a Life Course approach to oral health in our efforts improve population health.

Oral health is inseparable from overall, systemic health. Oral diseases impact systemic health and quality of life. 

Opioid Use Disorder

At epidemic levels in Washington State and across the country, opioid use disorder is a public health issue impacting state and local government, communities, health systems and, most importantly, individuals and families. 

In response to 694 deaths due to opioid overdose in Washington in 2016, Governor Inslee issued Executive Order 16-09, directing state agencies to implement an opioid response plan to:



Over a quarter of the adult population in Washington State is considered obese. Adult obesity rates vary among Washington's counties, ranging from 13% to 46%. Adults who are obese or overweight are more likely to develop a number of serious diseases and to die at younger ages than people who are not obese or overweight. 

Read about obesity in the Population Health Guide, including Governor Jay Inslee's launch of the Healthiest Next Generation Initiative.



Common, serious, and costly in Washington State, diabetes is a complex condition related to harmful blood glucose levels. It is the leading cause of deaths in our state and a contributing factor to serious health outcomes such as amputations or blindness. Learn more from the Population Health Guide about current work and emerging issues.

The Population Health Guide provides information, tools and resources to promote population health initiatives in Washington State.

Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs)


    Adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) refers to traumatic events experienced in childhood that impact health over the lifespan. These include physical, emotional and sexual abuse, neglect, and/or family dysfunction. Learn more from the Population Health Guide about Specific ACEs linked to negative health outcomes in adulthood, including: experiencing homelessness, community violence, discrimination, and deportation or migration.

    Suicide Prevention Training for Medical Professionals

    All Patients Safe: Suicide Prevention for Medical Professionals is a three- or six-hour interactive self-paced training course designed to address the public health crisis and provide the necessary tools to medical providers for preventing and educating patients about suicide.
    This course meets state licensure requirements for all medical professionals, including:

    Problem Solving Treatment for Patients with Depression


    Problem Solving Treatment (PST), also known as Problem-Solving Treatment – Primary Care (PST-PC), teaches and empowers patients to solve the here-and-now problems contributing to their depression and helps increase self-efficacy. 

    Developed for use by medical professionals in primary care settings, an extensive evidence base shows that PST can effectively be provided in a wide range of settings and with a variety of providers and patient populations.