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Minority Health Equity Project

The Buncombe County Minority Health Equity Project is a 3-year grant project, funded by the North Carolina Department of Public Health, Office of Minority Health and Health Disparities.

This project brings together five different community partners and the Buncombe County Department of Health to combine our resources to promote health equity.

Health equity matters

Health Equity is based on the belief that everyone in our community should have the same opportunity to make choices that allow them to live a long, healthy life, regardless of their income, education or ethnic background.

Community partners are working together to offer the following resources:

  1. Health screenings and medical care referrals
  2. Classes to help people "take charge" of their chronic diseases
  3. Special programs and classes for minority populations

Community Partners

  • Asheville Buncombe Institute of Parity Achievement (ABIPA):
    providing health outreach and health screenings in the community; working within the Faith Health Network in order to raise awareness about chronic disease. For more information, visit
  • Land of Sky Regional Council:
    coordinating Living Healthy classes; training leaders for the Living Health classes.
  • Mt. Zion Community Development, Inc.:
    offering Project NAF (Nurturing Asheville & Area Families), Buncombe County's Minority Infant Mortality Program that provides advocacy and support services to African American pregnant and post-partum women and their babies; also providing Project EMPOWER (Education Means Power), one of Buncombe County's Teen Pregnancy Prevention Initiatives, which works in collaboration with the Asheville City Schools System and Foundation. For more information, visit the Mt. Zion Community Development site.
  • YWCA:
    Offering two programs for Diabetes - 1) the Diabetes Wellness Program, which is designed for those who have already been diagnosed with diabetes, and 2) the Diabetes Prevention Program, which is designed for those who are at risk of developing diabetes. For more information, visit the YWCA website.
  • UNC Asheville - NC Center for Health and Wellness:
    collecting data and evaluating the program.