New Hanover County, NC – In 2015, the New Hanover County Health Department conducted a Community Health Assessment to evaluate the health status of New Hanover County. The assessment reveals that New Hanover County residents are most concerned with reducing obesity, reducing excessive drinking rates and alcohol-impaired driving deaths, and reducing the unintentional poisoning death rate from the abuse of prescription and illegal drugs.
In September, county staff submitted action plans to the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services to address these top three priorities. Working with community partners such as Smart Start of New Hanover County, North Carolina Harm Reduction, and the Cape Fear Coalition for a Drug Free Tomorrow, the NHC Health Department will begin to implement these action plans.
“In an effort to create a safe, healthy, and secure community, all county citizens must work together,” said Phillip Tarte, Public Health Director. “As we work to create a culture of health in the county, everyone is encouraged to be a part of the solution. And this assessment is a key resource that the entire community should use when planning strategies to improve health outcomes.”
The Community Health Assessment is a collaborative process that is conducted every four years to identify a community’s leading health priorities. New Hanover County’s survey was conducted in 2015, from June until October, at various community locations and online. Community partners helped promote the survey on their websites and provided paper copies for survey completion. Approximately 2,000 residents contributed to the data collection efforts, offering valuable and current information about the county’s health. In addition, the most recent local, state and federal health data was compiled as part of the assessment.
A full version of the 2015 Community Health Assessment, can be found on New Hanover County Health Department’s website. Health Department staff are available to present the Community Health Assessment to groups and organizations around the county. To schedule a presentation or for more information, please call 910-798-6500.
Deputy Health Director