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Adverse Childhood Experiences
  • Implement a trauma-informed approach in primary care settings.
  • Implement trauma-informed approaches in communities, including child care settings, schools, and law enforcement.
  • Ask the ACEs questions and use the information to inform treatment plans.
  • Encourage and support healthy living, including sleep, nutrition, and physical activity.
  • Incorporate self-care for healthcare providers and those in the helping professions, who often experience secondary trauma and compassion fatigue.

Six Strategies Identified in the State’s 2017 Diabetes Epidemic and Action Report (DEAR)
Below are the overarching strategies for action plans:

  • Prevent type 2 diabetes.
  • Support optimal self-management of diabetes.
  • Use diabetes-specific data and information to guide decisions.
  • Seek adequate funding for diabetes prevention and care.
  • Include people affected by diabetes in decisions.

Specific actions are identified in Agency Action Plans, page 6 of the 2017 DEAR.

Aligning with these strategies, the report included 13 recommendations for how the Legislature could support reducing the incidence of type 2 diabetes, and improving the lives of people with all forms of diabetes. These recommendations can be applied at state, regional, local, and organizational levels:

  • Maintain and further expand access to health care coverage.
  • Help make out-of-pocket costs more affordable for patients with diabetes.
  • Support the state’s movement toward value-based payment.
  • Continue efforts to integrate physical and behavioral health care services.
  • Encourage Accountable Communities of Heath to implement projects that impact diabetes.
  • Ensure all health plans provide optimal diabetes benefits.
  • Fund recommendations from the Governor’s Council for the Healthiest Next Generation.
  • Support students with chronic health conditions.
  • Expand staffing and coordination resources for evidence-based, community-based programs.
  • Increase use of diabetes self-management education.
  • Raise public awareness of diabetes prevention and management.
  • Train health care providers to screen for diabetes, and to deliver high-quality diabetes care in culturally and linguistically appropriate ways.
  • Support using data to drive decisions and improve linkages between health systems and community support services.

Strategies for obesity include, but are not limited to:

  • Improve healthcare training and systems for prevention and care in the management of obesity, including promotion of evidence-based, interdisciplinary approaches.
  • Develop obesity screening in healthcare settings, along with counseling and referrals that are tailored to patients and culturally appropriate.
  • Screen for and manage obesity in pregnant women, using tools that are preventive and trauma-informed.
  • Provide seamless breastfeeding support between hospitals and related clinics.
  • Encourage hospitals to register for Breastfeeding Friendly Washington.
  • Provide healthy foods in cafeterias, vending and other onsite food venues.
  • Develop a prescription program for free/low cost physical activity and fruit/vegetable incentives.
  • Partner with a local gym to offer free or reduced cost memberships.
  • Screen for food insecurity, and provide related resources and assistance if applicable. An excellent resource is the American Academy of Pediatrician food insecurity toolkit.
  • Lead or participate in community initiatives to improve access to healthy food and physical activity, especially among populations that experience health inequities.

Strategies for opioids include, but are not limited to:

Resources and tools:

Frameworks and Strategies

Screening Tools

Prescribing Guidelines, Prescription Monitoring

Treatment Recommendations, Overdose Reversal

Trauma Informed Approaches

Strategies for Tribal, Rural, and Homeless Populations


Strategies for tobacco include, but are not limited to:

  • Increase the number of clinics and hospitals where tobacco dependence treatment is embedded into the workflow and electronic health record, and every patient screened for tobacco use is advised to quit and offered an intervention.
    • Implement the 5A’s model for treating tobacco use and dependence
    • Integrate tobacco cessation into electronic health records (EHRs)
  • Develop state level insurance policy solutions to ensure that comprehensive cessation services are covered in all sectors of healthcare including behavioral health, mental health and chemical dependency settings.
  • Increase the number of Medicaid and Exchange health plans with evidence-based comprehensive cessation coverage.
  • Create culturally appropriate/relevant tobacco cessation resources.
  • Support state Quitline capacity and access to new technologies for counseling and support.
    • Promote state tobacco cessation resources for healthcare providers
  • Prepare, support and reimburse Community Health Workers (CHWs) to support treatment for tobacco use and dependence.
    • Train people in Washington State to become CHWs with strong skills, knowledge and abilities
  • Strengthen partnerships with chronic disease programs.
Well Child Visits

Initial recommendations from interagency partners include:

  • Clinics expand hours / reduce wait times
  • late afternoon appointments
  • weekend appointments
  • drop-in appointments
  • reducing wait time to schedule appointments
  • reducing wait time during appointments


  • parental scheduling reminder
    • birthday postcards
    • automated calls from provider’s office
  • adolescence specific scheduling reminder
    • automated calls from provider’s office
    • birthday postcards


  • gift cards / certificates
    • gift cards
    • movie tickets
  • drawings
    • concert tickets
    • sporting event tickets


  • demonstrate importance and value of early detection and treatment

Framework for organizing strategies to increase Well Child Visits

A Population Health Driver Diagram is a visual tool developed collaboratively with partners, designed to identify a desired change and the activities that will drive that change.

Using a template provided by the Public Health Foundation, a small group of interagency and local partners developed a Well Child Driver Diagram. This diagram is intended as an example, and may be tailored to the issues and resources of unique populations and communities.

Conceptual Framework for increasing Health Access

The International Journal for Equity in Health provides a highly recommended resource: Patient Centered Access to Care. It is downloadable as a PDF, and includes a visual template for a conceptual framework (Figure 2.) that addresses both supply and demand.