Every three years, through WNC Healthy Impact, WNC Health Network compiles a comprehensive regional dataset to describe health challenges and opportunities in the 16 counties in the WNC Healthy Impact region.

The regional dataset is the premier source of meaningful county-level health data in the region and is used to analyze and inform local and regional-level planning for community health. This results in local health priorities.

Using a systematic analysis of the regional dataset, WNC Health Network tells data stories around key regional health issues.

1

Buncombe:

  1. Mental Health

  2. Birth Outcomes & Infant Mortality
2

Cherokee:

  1. Cancer Control and Prevention
  2. Chronic Disease Control & Prevention
  3. Substance Abuse
3

Clay:

  1. Chronic Disease Control and Prevention
  2. Mental Health
  3. Substance Abuse
4

Graham:

  1. Substance Use Disorder
  2. Mental Health
  3. Heart Disease
5

Haywood:

  1. Mental Health & Substance Use
  2. Perinatal & Early Child Health
  3. Chronic Disease Prevention
6

Henderson:

  1. Mental Health
  2. Substance Abuse
  3. Physical Activity and Nutrition
  4. Safe and Affordable Housing
7

Jackson:

  1. Obesity/ Physical Activity/ Nutrition
  2. Substance Abuse Prevention
8

Macon:

  1. Substance Use
  2. Domestic Violence/ Sexual Assault
  3. Overweight/ Obesity
9

Madison:

  1. Physical Activity & Nutrition
  2. Substance Use & Mental Health
10

McDowell:

  1. Substance Abuse including Tobacco
  2. Mental Health and Suicide Prevention
11

Mitchell:

  1. Chronic Disease/ Healthy Behaviors and Lifestyles
  2. Access to Healthcare/ Social Determinants of Health
  3. Substance Abuse/ Mental Health
12

Polk:

  1. Mental Health
  2. Healthy Eating Active Living
13

Rutherford:

  1. Substance Abuse Treatment & Recovery
  2. Active Living
14

Swain:

  1. Chronic disease as it relates to obesity with Swain County community members
  2. Substance use prevention and reducing substance misuse in our community
15

Transylvania:

  1. Mental Health & Substance Use
  2. Healthy Lifestyle
16

Yancey:

  1. Substance Abuse Prevention
  2. Healthy Living Behaviors
  3. Social Determinants

Hover over the map of western NC to view each county’s local health priorities. Click on the county to view their 2018 CHA Report as well as contact information to learn more and get involved.

Key Health Issues in Western North Carolina

Beginning in the fall, 2018, the WNC Health Network team spent time understanding the 2018 WNC dataset and uncovering what issues were affecting the most people in our region.

Learn more about this project here.

Click on the buttons to the right to learn more about each key health issue.

WNC Dataset

The WNC Dataset collected by WNC Health Network is available to the public in an Excel workbook. This file format is helpful for those who would like to explore the data beyond what has been highlighted in the key issue data stories.

To access the entire WNC Dataset, we ask that you please share with us a little about yourself and how you are interested in using the data.

Access the WNC Dataset here.

Data Methodology

WNC Healthy Impact’s core regional dataset includes secondary (existing) data and primary (newly collected by WNC Health Network) data compiled to reflect a comprehensive look at health. The 2018 WNC Healthy Impact Community Health Survey was conducted from March to June, 2018. The purpose of the survey was to collect primary data to supplement the secondary core dataset, allow individual counties in the region to collect data on specific issues of concern, and hear from community members about their concerns and priorities.  The survey was conducted throughout the entire WNC Healthy Impact region.

Learn more about the data methodology here.