Public Health Assessment Data and Information
In Benton & Franklin Counties, Washington
The resources below provide data around several key areas of public health. Included are: selected county data, published annual and topic specific reports, and/or additional sources of information at the county, state and national level. We have included data and information from both Preventive Health and Environmental Health to illustrate the impact and reach of Public Health in the two-county region.
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.
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. Meanwhile, the HYS is conducted every other year (2002, 2004, 2006, 2008, and 2010) in Washington State surveying youth in sixth, eighth, tenth and twelfth grades.
Evidence continues to mount in support of connections between health status and risk exposure in early life and health-related outcomes throughout the life-course. Measures of maternal and child health remain as key indicators of overall population health status.
Women Infant and & Childhood Nutrition Program (WIC) Annual Reports
Death rates (mortality) in the population as a whole help us to monitor the health of Benton and Franklin Counties overall. Monitoring mortality rates among major subgroups allows us to better identify communities at increased risk of death.
Environmental Health Information & Data
Learn More (Links to Other Data)
The Guide to Community Preventive Services: The Community Guide- What works to Promote Health
National Prevention Strategy
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Last updated 10/19/2012