Community Health Report Released for Ashe County

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Community Health Report Released for Ashe County

Community Health Report Released for Ashe County

[Jefferson, NC] – AppHealthCare, in collaboration with various agencies and community partners, has
released the Community Health Report for Ashe County. This report identifies public health priorities
and provides a foundation for work that will take place in the following years.

The Community Health Report is published every three years in partnership with Ashe Memorial
Hospital, the Ashe Health Alliance, Appalachian District Board of Health and AppHealthCare, including
many other partnerships, individuals and agencies. The Community Health Report follows an assessment
process involving the community to identify and analyze community health needs and assets, prioritize
those needs and then implement a plan to address significant unmet needs.

The Community Health Report provides results from a community input opinion survey and review of
community data which includes income, poverty, employment, community safety, housing, behavioral
health and more. The information is used to guide the work of local health departments and community
partnerships to address community concerns and monitor progress toward projected goals.
The health priorities below highlight key areas that community coalitions within Ashe County will focus
on and work to improve from 2020-2023:
1. Housing – Promote healthy and safe home environments
2. Mental/Behavioral Health – Depression, anxiety, emotional wellbeing, suicide prevention, and
support/intervention for those with mental illness
3. Substance Use and Misuse Prevention – Drugs, alcohol, and tobacco; including misuse or abuse
of prescription drugs and use of e-cigarettes or other devices for nicotine delivery
This report completes the first phase in the Community Health Assessment process. The second phase is
taking place now through the development of Community Health Improvement Plans that will guide
work to the health priorities in Ashe County.

What Can We Do Together to Improve Our Community’s Health?
 Practice safe prescription medication use by taking correctly, storing securely, disposing
properly, and never sharing.

 Health begins where we live, learn, work and play. Take action in building our neighborhood to
be safe and healthy.

 Being healthy takes a community. Attend a Mental Health First Aid training and join local
community groups that work to support mental health systems.

 Your opportunity for health starts long before you need medical care. Sign up for your local
Women, Infant & Children (WIC) program through AppHealthCare.

 The opportunity for health begins in our families, neighborhoods, schools and jobs. Participate
in local bike and walk safety programs to and from school. Being healthy takes a community.

 Your neighborhood or job shouldn’t be hazardous to your health. Support tobacco free living.

 Health starts—long before illness—in our homes, schools and jobs. Investing in our mothers and
children is investing in our future.

 Live active, eat local vegetables and fruits.

 All citizens have the opportunity to make the choices that allow them to live a long, healthy life.
Support local policies for sidewalks and bike lanes.

Together, we will work toward a shared goal for a healthier Ashe County.
To view the Community Health Report for Ashe County, visit AppHealthCare’s website.
For additional information about AppHealthCare or other community resources and health related data,
please call our offices, Alleghany (336) 372-5641, Ashe (336) 246-9449, Watauga (828) 264-4995. For
more information, visit our website at and follow us on Twitter and