Buncombe County launches the Community Health Assessment Survey to better understand resident health and opportunities for improvement

Press release from Buncombe County:

In the next few weeks, the residents of Buncombe County will play a crucial role in helping Buncombe County Health and Human Services (BCHHS) identify important health needs in our community and the surrounding area. To receive state accreditation, local public health departments are required to carry out a community health assessment (CHA) and to develop an action plan or community health improvement plan. Buncombe County is one of 18 counties participating in the CHA across western North Carolina through a collaborative effort facilitated by WNC Healthy Impact. This regional collaborative involves hospitals, health departments, and partners dedicated to improving community health.

The CHA online and phone survey covers various health-related factors, including demographics, socioeconomics, health status, disparities, behaviors, clinical care, physical environment, and quality of life. The insights from the survey will help us identify areas that need attention and guide efforts to improve services and support systems for the health of all Buncombe County residents. Randomly selected households will receive a call from “WNC Health,” and the survey is estimated to take around 20 minutes to complete. Residents can also contribute through an online survey. The survey is available in Spanish.

Buncombe County HHS encourages all residents to take part.

Dr. Ellis Matheson, Buncombe County HHS Public Health Director said: “We strongly encourage everyone to complete the online survey and to respond if contacted by phone. This initiative gives our community the chance to provide information that helps us address the most important health needs in our area.”

In Buncombe County’s latest Community Health Assessment, it was identified that by prioritizing heart disease and diabetes, birth outcomes, and mental health and substance use disorder, we can positively impact the overall well-being of the community. Furthermore, this approach can help address the health disparities experienced by historically marginalized community members.

To learn more about previous reports, visit buncombecounty.org/healthreports. For more information on the survey, visit publicinput.com/wncbchealthyimpact. For more information on Buncombe County, visit buncombecounty.org.

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