In Franklin County, the ratio of Primary Care Providers (PCP) to population is 4100:1, barely a quarter of the state’s rate. Benton County’s rate of 1470:1 is closer but still behind Washington State’s rate of 1220:1. One young person (age 12-18) in four has not seen a doctor in the past year. LGBTQ+ youth are even more likely not to have seen a doctor in the past 12 months.
Benton (470:1) and Franklin (780:1) Counties fare a little better when it comes to Mental Health providers, but are still behind the Washington State rate of 310:1.
We conducted a series of focus groups and 1:1 interviews with stakeholders. Here’s what we learned about our community:
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Stakeholders identified gaps in medical care for veterans, people who identify as LGBTQ+ and those who are undocumented.
Not enough specialists, leading to long waits for appointments, coupled with a need for more flexible clinic hours.
Both stakeholders and community groups cited a need for more specialists and services for older adults, especially those who are living alone in their homes.
Community members asked for more flexible income requirements for both medical and dental financial support.
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