Benton-Franklin Trends Newsletter

#2 - 2017

WELCOME!

AMY PERSON - HEALTH OFFICER, BENTON-FRANKLIN HEALTH DISTRICT
REBECCA SUTHERLAND - BENTON-FRANKLIN HEALTH DISTRICT, BENTON-FRANKLIN COMMUNITY HEALTH ALLIANCE, HEALTHY LIFESTYLES COMMITTEE

Welcome to the fourth quarterly Benton-Franklin Trends Newsletter! Have you checked out the trends lately? The trends site is continually updated and data as recent as 2015 - 2016 is available for many measures.

Although the Benton-Franklin Health District utilizes the Health trends most frequently, we also track the conditions, in which people are born, grow, work, live, and age including education attainment, economic vitality, and other environmental factors that affect health outcomes. Understanding these social determinants of health is key to preventing the spread of illness and improving health equity in our community. This was the lens we used during our 2016 Community Health Needs Assessment process. By analyzing community health data, trends and attitudes, the Benton-Franklin Community Health Alliance and its partners identified three strategic issues as priorities for improvement over the next 3 to 5 years: reduce obesity, improve access to health care and improve the mental/behavioral health system. The Community Health Improvement Plan (CHIP) originally released in 2013 has been updated to reflect this focus and will be available soon.

INDICATOR NEWS

CDC 2015 COMMUNITY HEALTH STATUS INDICATORS

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The The Community Health Status Indicators (CHSI), from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, is an online web application that produces health status profiles for each of the 3,143 counties in the United States and the District of Columbia. The CHSI has been around since 2000 when it was released in "hard copy format" and was produced in its first interactive website in 2008. The CHSI 2015 redesign provides a completely revamped interactive experience, offers an updated list of "peer…

DATA.WA.GOV - "THE GENERAL PURPOSE OPEN DATA PORTAL FOR THE STATE OF WASHINGTON"

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This data hub provides access to data sites in Washington State such as: Fiscal.WA.gov, geography.WA.gov, business.WA.gov, Results.WA.gov, education research, a "new and notable" section, a "general data catalog" for the state, and education research.

CHILD WELL-BEING DATA PORTAL - WASHINGTON STATE COUNTY REPORTS


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Washington County Reports offers information on child welfare from the Child Well-Being Data Portal for each county in Washington State with populations over 25,000 people. Produced quarterly, the portal reports on "two major parts of the child welfare system: "Investigations & Assessments and Out-of-Home Care".

Specific to Benton County, as of January 1, 2017, there were a total of 312 open investigations and assessments and as of April 1, 2017, there were a total of and 195…

INDICATORS IN ACTION

LIBRARY CARD HOLDERS EXCEED STATE BENCHMARK -

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Author Neil Gaiman once said "Google can bring you back 100,000 answers. A librarian can bring you back the right one."

Technology has produced modern replacements for formerly essential tools, but many remain useful today. Abacuses are still used today, as they can help children to learn mathematic concepts and concentration skills. Even books, not in the traditional paper format but in digital form, are just as susceptible to piracy as other forms of digital…

2015 METRO GDP 4TH HIGHEST ON RECORD -

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Metropolitan Gross Domestic Product (Metro GDP) measures the economic output of both goods and services produced in a region. According to the U.S. Department of Commerce Bureau of Economic Analysis, Metro GDP "statistics are based on the same definitional concept as their state and national counterparts, facilitating comparisons across geographic areas…[and] providing information related to industrial composition of economic activity in each metropolitan area."

GDP by industry statistics are…

PER CAPITA EXPENDITURES ON ROAD M&O INCREASING -

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In a young America, if a trail didn't exist, a new one was blazed. These trails, such as the Oregon Trail and the Sante Fe Trail, didn't require maintenance - the more they were used, the more they were beaten into the landscape making the route easier for future travelers.

Our modern "trails" obviously need maintenance. Bridge collapses in Washington State since 1900 include the Division Street Bridge in Spokane, the Tacoma Narrows Bridge in Tacoma, the Floating Bridge in…

5-QUESTIONS WITH:

CAROL MOSER - EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR GREATER COLUMBIA ACCOUNTABLE COMMUNITY HEALTH

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Q: As the executive director of one of the state's nine Accountable Communities of Health (ACH), what are the key tasks facing your organization in 2017?
A: The key tasks facing the Greater Columbia Accountable Community of Health are numerous and daunting for all Executive Directors. All ACHs have to complete two phases of certification, determine a short-list of evidenced-based approaches and strategies that together meet the Triple Aim (better health, better care, lower costs), bring the right people together who can make it happen, and develop a project plan that can transform the local health care…