The Social Determinants of Health are best described as those things that happen in non-clinical settings—home, school, work, play—that affect 80 percent of a person’s overall health. They include things like homelessness, poverty, and food insecurity
The unemployment rate for Benton and Franklin Counties is 5.5 percent, a full percentage point higher than Washington State. Elderly adults in Franklin County are more likely to live in poverty than the state average, while 6 percent of children are receiving Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF).
In Benton County 16 percent of families are living at or below the federal poverty level. In Franklin County, the number grows to 19 percent. Both are above the State average of 13 percent.