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Providing regular, updated data on the health of King County's population is a core function of Public Health — Seattle & King County. Data is intended to inform the community, including policy makers, medical personnel, researchers, community-based organizations, government agencies and individuals to understand and respond to diseases, threats and underlying conditions impacting our health.

Data highlights

2016 King County Medical Examiner's Annual Report
The Medical Examiner's Office 2016 Annual Report presents detailed analyses of the different manners of death, as well as trends in homicides, traffic fatalities, and drug overdose deaths. While the report tends to depict the more violent types of death, it is worth noting that nearly 40% of Medical Examiner cases were classified as natural deaths.

Affordable Care Act in King County: Health insurance coverage increases
After Medicaid expansion and the launch of the WA Healthplanfinder health exchange in October, 2013, health insurance in King County increased for all age groups, all income levels, all races/ethnicitites and adults that were employed and unemployed.

2017 King County EMS Annual Report
As part of its focus for 2017, our regional EMS system has made significant advances in medical technologies, methodologies and training over the past year.

The Assessment, Policy Development and Evaluation Unit's primary work is assessment and evaluation of population-based data and interventions, integrating qualitative analysis, and policy development. We are a multidisciplinary group of epidemiologists, social research scientists, and policy specialists. We collaborate with community and other Public Health — Seattle & King County divisions, using and developing state-of-the-art techniques for data collection and analysis. Our goal is to provide leadership and technical assistance for population-level health assessment, data-driven program planning, program evaluation, and policy.