Benton Franklin Community Health Needs Assessment and Community Health Improvement Plan

Benton Franklin Community Health Needs Assessment and Community Health Improvement Plan

Posted on January 27, 2016

The Benton Franklin Community Health Needs Assessment and Community Health Improvement Plan is a strategic, county-wide, community-based approach for creating and maintaining healthy communities in Tri-Cities, WA.

The vision of the Community Health Improvement Plan envisions a place where we experience well being by:

• Fostering social, physical, emotional, vocational and spiritual wellness
• Empowering people to make healthy choices in a safe environment
• Coordinating access to comprehensive, affordable and integrated healthcare services for all

The Purpose 

On March 23, 2010, the comprehensive health care overhaul, known as the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, was signed into law creating new requirements that charitable hospitals must satisfy in order to continue to qualify for exemption under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Included were requirements that charitable hospitals conduct a Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA) every three years and adopt an implementation strategy to meet the identified needs. Through data and community perception, a CHNA is a systematic examination of the health status within a given population to help identify key problems and assets in a community. This report highlights the findings of the 2012 Benton-Franklin Counties’ CHNA through a culmination of our health status, community themes and strengths, forces of change, and local public health systems. It serves as a call to action for prevention and care-focused health partners in the community to prioritize and address our identified needs.

“Health is a state of complete physical, mental and social  well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity” – World Health Organization

The Benton Franklin Community Health Needs Assessment and report were compiled through collaboration between the Benton-Franklin Community Health Alliance, Kadlec Regional Medical Center, Trios Health, Lourdes Health Network, PMH Medical Center, Group Health Cooperative, the Benton-Franklin Health District, and many other key partners and time contributors.