The Benton-Franklin Community Health Alliance is asking community members to fill out a community-wide health needs survey.
The survey takes 7-10 minutes to complete, is offered in English and Spanish, and all answers are confidential. The most recent health assessment of the area was conducted in 1995, according to the agency.
Today, the health Alliance kicks off the survey drive at Kadlec Regional Medical Center in Richland with a breakfast event to honor community health leaders.
The alliance was created following a 1993 task force meeting led by Ernie Boston, the longtime Port of Pasco commissioner who died last month. The task force included leadersfrom each Tri-City hospital, public health, insurance providers, general em-ployers and one elected official.
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"The vision of that original group, led by Ernie Boston, John Lindsay and Bob Quay led to thatauspicious meeting on November 9, 1993," Jason Zaccaria, president of the Health Alliance, said in a news release. "To-day we are still guided by the mission statement the brings the hospitals, physicians, and other health care providers together for the common good."
The new survey can be accessed through July 31 via the Benton-Franklin Community Health Alliance website at www.bfcha.org.
Paper copies also are at both the Pasco and Kennewick Health District offices, Tri-Cities Community Health, United Way, Grace Clinic and the four area hospitals.