Public Health by the Numbers: Assessment, Planning and Evaluation
Public Health Assessment is a core function of the ten essential services of public health and a foundational public health service as reflected in the National Public Health Accreditation Standards and Measures.
With the goal to improve the quality of public health services provided, Benton-Franklin Health District participates in an ongoing process to assess community wide health priorities and makes plans to implement actions to address them in collaboration with a multitude of community partners. Partners conducting this work have chosen the Mobilizing for Action through Planning and Partnerships (MAPP) Model from the National Association of City and County Health Officials (NACCHO) because it is a best practice and recognized by the National Public Health Accreditation Board (PHAB).
The most recent cycle occurred from 2011-2014. Illustrations of this work can be found by clicking on the links below or by going back to the BFHD home page (www.bfhd.wa.gov).
Population Demographic and Socioeconomic Factors:
As a public health agency we strive to affect health on a population level through both Environmental and Preventive Health programs. At Benton-Franklin Health District, we work to understand the characteristics of all people within Benton and Franklin Counties, and observe population changes over time. Population characteristics such as age, race/ethnicity, socioeconomic status, level of education, etc. are often referred to as demographics.
How to obtain Vital Records in Benton & Franklin Counties
Personal behavior with its associated risks or benefits to health is an important factor in determining individual and family health status. Two key sources of data used to monitor the health-related behaviors of Benton County and Franklin County adults and youth are the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) and the Healthy Youth Survey (HYS). The BRFSS is conducted annually across the United States and surveys behaviors of adults (age 18 years and older). Meanwhile, the HYS is conducted every even year in Washington State surveying students in sixth, eighth, tenth and twelfth grades.
Health of Washington State Report
Washington State Department of Health Chronic Disease Profiles by Race/Ethnicity and by County
National Institutes of Health: Hispanic Community Health Study Data Book: A Report to the Communities
Communicable Disease Prevention and Surveillance:
BFHD provides recommendations for adults and children to obtain immunizations from a plethora of infectious diseases. The health district is responsible to help track communicable diseases associated with foodborne illness outbreaks, tracking flu activity, monitoring, treating, and referring for diseases like tuberculosis (TB) and Chlamydia.
In 2013, BFHD provided approximately 12,251 families with evidence based nutrition education. This includes breastfeeding promotion and support, information about diet recommendations during pregnancy and post-birth for the mother and how long to breastfeed babies as well as when to introduce solid foods to baby. WIC identifies families in greatest need of grocery vouchers that can be spent at local Farmers Markets and grocery stores. In 2013, local grocery stores received $4.9 million to provide groceries to these families in need.
Washington State Department of Health-New WIC Page
BFHD has trained an average of 9,190 food workers per year between 2007 and 2013 (approximately 64,327 food workers trained since 2007). Most of these food workers were trained in-person, however, in 2013; an option to obtain a food worker card online became possible. BFHD remains one of the only Local Health Districts in Washington State to continue providing in-person food worker classes as an important component of safe food handling practices.
BFHD works with local food businesses, state and federal government regulators, and the community to reduce the rate of foodborne illness. In 2013, more than 3,935 food inspections were conducted in local restaurants, grocery stores, and schools. Education is provided to reduce the risk of illness and injury from poisons, animal-borne diseases, and other unsafe conditions in the environment.
Land, Water and Waste:
The health district works to address and inform the public about onsite sewage, solid waste disposal, subdivision land use, drinking water, swimming pools, and more. We track the number of interactions, satisfactory drinking water samples, and ensure that swimming pools are safe to swim in. Information on these programs is tracked internally for quality improvement and customer satisfaction purposes.
Links to Population Health Data and Other Public Health Information:
The County Health Rankings and Roadmaps: Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin have developed a Tool for measuring county level health indicators and identifying evidence-based practices for health promotion and disease interventions.
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Last updated 3/20/2015