WIC EBT Card
Big Changes Coming to WIC
10/03/2019
WIC is introducing big changes with the introduction of a WIC EBT card taking the place of paper checks. WIC offices in Benton and Franklin County will be closed the last week of October in order to transition from checks to cards.
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Former Franklin County Inmate Has Hepatitis A
09/26/2019
A former Franklin County inmate has tested positive for hepatitis A. She was incarcerated in the Franklin County jail in September, after which she returned to Spokane. Washington State is experiencing a hepatitis A outbreak in multiple counties, including Spokane; this is the first case linked to our area.
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Girl Vaping
Vaping Associated Lung Injury Confirmed in Washington State
09/13/2019
Washington State now has seven confirmed/probable cases of Vaping Associated Lung Injury There are no confirmed cases in Benton and Franklin Counties.
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Preparedness Month Topics
National Preparedness Month 2019
09/12/2019
September is National Preparedness Month – Benton-Franklin Health District (BFHD) uses this month as an opportunity to help people to understand how to prepare for and respond to emergencies.
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Inspection Clipboard
Food Establishment Enforcement Policy Update
08/10/2019
An updated version of the Benton-Franklin Health District’s Food Establishment Enforcement Policy was placed in effect July 1, 2019.
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Health Hazards of Wildfire Smoke
07/31/2019
Wildfire season is here and it’s important to be aware of the health hazards of wildfire smoke
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Washington State MMR Exemption Law Change
07/16/2019
In 2019, the Washington State Legislature passed a bill that removes the personal and philosophical option to exempt children from the MMR (measles, mumps, and rubella) vaccine required for school and child care entry.
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BFHD Annual Report 2018
07/04/2019
Every year, the Benton-Franklin Health District (BFHD) publishes an Annual Report meant to inform stakeholders and the community about the previous year’s accomplishments, highlights, and finances.
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Foodborne Norovirus Outbreak Linked to Bar Drinks
06/23/2019
The Benton-Franklin Health District Food Safety Program recently investigated an outbreak of norovirus that was linked to a local restaurant.
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Syringe Exchange Services Position Statement
04/08/2019
The opioid epidemic is a complex problem that needs a comprehensive and collective approach. BFHD supports syringe service programs as well as any strategies that are effective and evidence-based.
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Health Disparities Report Cover Page with Cable Bridge
2018 Health Disparities Report for Benton and Franklin Counties
02/19/2019
The Assessment and Data team at Benton-Franklin Health District recently released a 2018 Health Disparities Report. This report was based on a model used by Kitsap Public Health and compiled local data for the bi-county region from multiple sources regarding a variety of health topics including health outcomes (diseases, hospitalizations, births, etc.) and health risk factors (healthy weight, physical activity level, poverty rates, etc.). The purpose of this report was to identify and highlight the health disparities that exist in the local community between demographic groups. The demographic groups examined in this report were based on race, gender, and sexual orientation.
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