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Public Health Assessment, Planning, Evaluation, and Quality Improvement


Public Health Assessment is a core function of the ten essential services of public health and is a foundational public health service as reflected in the National Public Health Accreditation Standards and Measures. At BFHD, public health assessment and performance management are essential functions of administration to improve the quality and efficiency of programs and services.



Community Health Needs Assessments and Health Improvement Plans:


With the goal to improve the quality of public health services provided, Benton-Franklin Health District participates in a collaborative ongoing process to identify and address community health priorities. Partners across sectors who conduct this work have selected the Mobilizing for Action through Planning and Partnerships (MAPP) Model from the National Association of City and County Health Officials (NACCHO).


2012 Community Health Needs Assessment

2015-2016 Community Health Needs Assessment-Update


2013 Community Health Improvement Plan

2016 Community Health Improvement Plan-Update


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 prevent illness, promote and protect health of the local population through both environmental and preventive health programs and services. 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 considered social determinants of health as they can impact health outcomes among sub-populations.


Benton-Franklin Demographics & Social Characteristics Reports:




2016(coming soon)






Community Health Status:


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 other 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



Communicable Disease Prevention and Surveillance:


Benton-Franklin Health District provides recommended immunizations for adults and children in the community. The health district is responsible to help track communicable diseases, prevent disease spread, and refer clients to appropriate care.


Click here for more information.http://www.bfhd.wa.gov/admin/assessment.php 


Links to Population Health Data and Other Public Health Information:


Click here to obtain Vital Records in Benton & Franklin Counties.

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


Other Resources and Information about population health:

Benton-Franklin Trends Community Dashboard

National Health Indicators-Dashboard

Washington State Department of Health Data and Statistical Reports

Healthy Youth Survey

CDC BRFSS Data and Prevalence Tables

CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report

National Center for Health Statistics

National Institutes of Health (NIH)                     

Community Commons

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

County Health Rankings and Roadmaps 

Washington State Office of Financial Management (OFM)

United States Census Bureau


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Last updated 10/2016


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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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