Fighting Chronic Despair in Rural Communities in Washington State
From the Cascade foothills all the way to the Pacific Ocean, the great span of land served by Valley View Health Center encompasses more than 3,600 miles in the state of Washington. The communities in our service areas of Lewis and Pacific counties are characterized by economic challenges and are among the poorest counties in the state.
Current data from the U.S. Census Bureau indicates that 15.4 percent of Lewis County residents live below the poverty level. It should not come as a surprise, then, that there are many who suffer from depression. Additionally, homelessness and substance abuse are a problem for some our patients.
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