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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.


Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA) and Health Improvement Plan (CHIP):


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).


2012 Community Health Needs Assessment

2013 Community Health Improvement Plan


Click here to share your comments/Questions/Suggestions on the CHNA and the CHIP.



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.


Benton-Franklin Demographics & Social Characteristics Reports:









How to obtain Vital Records in Benton & Franklin Counties

Top Causes of Death are compiled and reported by the Washington State Department of Health


Community Health Status: Tracking Chronic Disease, Behavioral Health Information and Data:


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. 


For information on the Healthy Youth Survey click here or go to AskHys.net

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.


Click here for more information.


Women, Infant and Children (WIC), Public Health Nutrition Services,  Feeding Team


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.



Benton County:





Franklin County:







Washington State Department of Health-New WIC Page



Food Safety:

Food Worker Education, Public Food Service, Temporary Food Service, Online Inspection Reports, Foodborne Illness or Complaints, Food Safety at Home


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:

Drinking Water, Onsite Sewage, Land Use, and more


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:

Community Commons

Benton-Franklin Trends Community Dashboard

National Health Indicators-Dashboard

Washington State Department of Health Data and Statistical Reports

CDC BRFSS Data and Prevalence Tables

Kids Count 2011: Helping Vulnerable Kids and Families Succeed

Healthy Youth Survey

CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report

National Center for Health Statistics

National Institutes of Health (NIH)                   

Washington State Office of Financial Management (OFM)

United States Census Bureau/American Community Survey


The Guide to Community Preventive Services: The Community Guide- What works to Promote Health


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.


Benton-Franklin Health District Annual Reports:






Thank You for visiting!  Reports are updated as information becomes available.


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Last updated 3/20/2015



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Benton Franklin Health District
7102 W Okanogan Pl
Kennewick WA
(509) 460 4200
412 W Clark
Pasco WA
(509) 547-9737

Emergency Contact Information

Personal Emergency for Medical, Police, Fire, or Other: 911
Washington Poison Center: 1 (800) 222-1222 (www.wapc.org)
Washington Community Resource Information: 211 (www.win211.org)
BFHD Public Health Emergency/Imminent Health Hazard After-Hours Reporting: 509-543-3851
The public can reference BFHD policies available in Kennewick office.
BFHD Privacy Statement:English / Spanish
Copies of the annual report available at all BFHD offices.
State and County Resources
Rules and Regulations Administered by or Governing the Benton-Franklin Health District
WAC's - RCW's
Community Health Status Indicators
Reportable Conditions
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