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Health and Wellness

The health of the GroWNC population, if measured only in terms of the frequency of illness or disease (morbidity) and the number of deaths (mortality), is relatively consistent with the health of the U.S. and North Carolina populations, with a few exceptions.

Existing plans, data, and studies were collected, analyzed, and synthesized into an Existing Conditions Report for each topic. Here is a link to the Health and Wellness Chapter if you’d like to read more. Workgroups were formed around each topic area to review existing conditions, identify issues and goals, and recommend strategies. To learn more about the background of this topic, read the Existing Conditions Report and review the workgroup’s meeting notes and related information on the workgroup’s webpage. The goals identified by all the workgroups are listed in the GroWNC Regional Plan on pages 29-37.

The Oaks Trail in Black Mountain | Image Credit: Land-of-Sky Regional Council

Sample Strategies

HCO2.3: Support efforts to expand care options across the region to provide residents who can no longer live independently with an alternative to managed care facilities. Read more »
HCO3.4: Promote and expand the use of EBT (Electronic Benefit Transfer) outside of Buncombe County to purchase food at farmers markets. Read more »
HCO4.4: Conduct Health Impact Assessments for publicly-funded projects to evaluate their potential community health outcomes. Read more »
HCO8.4: Work with Children First/Communities in Schools (CIS) to develop a more sustainable funding system, to help the organization maintain and grow its successful programs. Read more »
HCO8.1: Improve the way families receive childcare vouchers so more children have safe places to learn and grow. Read more »