Community Descriptions

Community Descriptions are short health assessments that look at health data specific to the communities within our county. They will include information on a range of health topics that can help inform community planning and action.

We know that different parts of our county experience unique strengths and concerns. In addition to the countywide 2018 Community Health Assessment, the health department is also preparing reports that take a closer look at how health varies by geography within Whatcom County. We’ve used school district boundaries to define the communities. 

We are hosting community meetings to share the data in the Community Descriptions and to learn more information from residents of each community.

If you are unable to attend the Listening Session scheduled in your community, you can still submit your input using our feedback form. Click here to submit your feedback online. Open through October 25.

 Community Listening Session Dates:

Sept. 18: Deming Public Library | 10:30am-12:30pm

Sept. 20: Blaine Public Library | 10:00am-12:00pm

Sept. 25: Ferndale Public Library | 10:30am-12:30pm

Sept. 26: Lynden Public Library | 1:30-3:30pm

Oct. 1: Advent Christian Church, Sumas | 5:00-7:00pm       (address: 125 Front St)

Oct. 3: East Whatcom Regional Resource Center | 5:30-7:30pm

Oct. 9: Fairhaven Park Pavilion, Bellingham | 5:00-7:00pm

Oct. 10: NW Baptist Church, Bellingham | 10:00am-12:00pm (address: 3545 Northwest Ave.)

Oct. 11: Meridian School District | 5:00-7:00pm                   (address: 214 W Laurel Rd)

Draft Community Descriptions:

Click below to read your community's draft report. Reports will be added here the day following the scheduled listening session.

Blaine (includes Birch Bay, Blaine, and Point Roberts)


Ferndale (includes Custer, Ferndale, and Lummi Nation)


Meridian (includes areas within the Meridian School District)

Mt. Baker (includes Acme, Deming, Glacier, Kendall, Maple Falls and Van Zandt)

Nooksack Valley (includes Everson, Nooksack, and Sumas)

Listening session invitation

Community Descriptions won’t be complete until we have a chance to add feedback gathered from people who live or work in each community. We are hosting community listening sessions to collect this input, and we’d like to invite you to attend the listening session in your community.

At the listening session, you’ll have the opportunity to see your community’s health data and tell us what health issues matter to you. We'll share the data we've collected, give you a chance to review it, and ask you to share what you know about the health of your community. Your feedback will be integrated into the final report, which can be used to shape programs, services, and policies that impact health and well-being.

 All are welcome, and the meetings are being held in accessible locations. Please RSVP to up to 4 days before the session if you would like accommodations for sign language, assisted listening devices or communication in an alternative format.