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Health agencies pull together for a health survey

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KENNEWICK, Wash.-- The Benton-Franklin Community Health Alliance is partnering with the local health district, four area hospitals and other local health agencies to gather data that can help them best address local health issues.

The survey asks questions on a wide range of health topics but the predominant issues they're looking to address are obesity, mental health and health care access and affordability. When the survey was last done in '95, they discovered child immunization was an issue. They were then able to focus on it and fix the problem.

Health agencies want people to know this survey is about them. Carol Moser from the Benton-Franklin Community Health Alliance says, "It's absolutely for their benefit because I think the results will deliver better health care for our citizens and every area is unique in its health issues."

To date, the survey has 806 completed but they're hoping for many thousands.

The alliance is getting a good sample from the metropolitan area but needs more from the rural surrounding areas.  The last time an assessment like this was done in the Tri-Cities was back in 1995.

People can pick up the survey at local hospitals, clinics and the Benton-Franklin Health District.

You can also take it online.