Public Health

Public health is concerned with protecting the health and well-being of everyone who lives, works or visits Benton County. We focus on preventing health problems before they occur. Our programs strive to create community conditions that help reduce health disparities so all people have an equal chance for a long and healthy life.

Public health is “at your service every day” throughout the county wherever you live, learn, work and play. Services are open to all, regardless of age, race, ethnicity, sex, religion, national origin, physical or mental disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, or marital status. All services are accessible to those with mobility challenges and language translation is available.

The following program services are provided within Public Health:

Community Health Assessments and Improvement Plans

Benton County Public Health conducts a series of health assessments and improvement plans to address the health needs of the community.

The 2018 Benton County Community Health Improvement Plan (CHIP) embodies deep collaboration between the Benton County Health Department and diverse community partners and organizations working together to improve the health of those who live, learn, work, and play in Benton County.  The CHIP outlines four priority health improvement areas for targeted work over the next five years, and serves as a guide for collective community efforts to address and measure progress.

Benton County Health Department has developed an online progress dashboard so that our community can follow along with our community health improvement work.  You can access dashboard at:

The 2017 Benton County Community Health Assessment (CHA) displays a wide range of data about health indicators and factors that influence health. This data will inform the development of the 2018 Community Health Improvement Plan (CHIP).

The 2015 Regional Health Assessment (RHA) focuses on the health of the region that includes Linn, Benton, and Lincoln Counties. The counties work together on many health initiatives, and this document is part of their data-informed approach to that work.

The 2013 Community Health Improvement Plan (CHIP) shows the current goals and objectives for improving the health of Benton County. This has been updated, please review the 2018 CHIP.

The 2012 Community Health Assessment (CHA) is the 2012 CHA. For the most up-to-date information, please view the 2017 CHA.


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Community Health Improvement Planning Data Briefs

Benton County Public Health seeks to provide residents of Benton County with data and information about different topics in public health.  We have created 8 data briefs to help inform our community health improvement planning.  The data briefs can be found below in English.   

Brief 1:  What is a Community Health Improvement Plan

Brief 2:  Natural environment

Brief 3:  Housing, transportation, and development

Brief 4:  Healthy food systems

Brief 5:  Behavioral health and wellbeing

Brief 6:  Climate change resilience and responsiveness

Brief 7:  Economic opportunity and inequality

Brief 8:  Communicable disease