[Jefferson, NC] —AppHealthCare has released the 2019 State of the County’s Health (SOTCH) Report (view report here). The report includes a summary of demographics, leading causes of death, updates on the community’s top three health priorities, emerging issues and new initiatives. The SOTCH report is released each year between cycles of conducting a community health assessment. The most recent community health assessment was published March 2018 (link to community health assessment).
Key demographics for Ashe County include 32% of children are living in poverty (2017), 20% of children are uninsured and the leading causes of death are diseases of the heart, cancer, Alzheimer’s disease, and chronic lower respiratory diseases (North Carolina County Health Data Book, 2017). The risk factors that can lead to disease and death include poor nutrition, lack of physical activity, and tobacco use.
Ashe County’s health priorities, identified and chosen by the Ashe Health Alliance, are mental and behavioral health, substance use and misuse prevention and physical activity and nutrition. The SOTCH report gives a detailed update on each of these priorities and what is being done in the community to address them.
“Ashe Health Alliance has been working diligently to address the health priorities identified in the Community Health Assessment. Together we have developed detailed action plans that were created to move the needle towards a healthier Ashe County. This work is evident in the 2019 SOTCH,” said Melodie Shepherd, MHA, Co-Chair, Ashe Health Alliance and Medical Staff Services Director of Ashe Memorial Hospital.
AppHealthCare and the community are working to address the leading causes of death in Ashe County by expanding access to important services and developing and enhancing community partnerships that encourage healthy behaviors.
“We use these reports to inform how we can work together as a community to implement program and policy changes that improve health for all people. It takes partnerships across sectors, not just those in public health and healthcare, in addition to action, to improve the health in our community,” said Jennifer Greene, Health Director.
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To obtain a copy of the State of Health report, click here.
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