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Buncombe County ranks #18 in the state when it comes to overall health, according to the Annual County Health Rankings Report. The report offers a way to look at how healthy we are today and how healthy we may be in the future compared to other counties in NC.
A snapshot of Buncombe’s current overall health rankings shows that we have stayed in the Top 20 for the last four years, and this year also ranks in the top 20 in five of the six major categories. Using current data, the report also predicts improvements in our Health rankings in future years. The rankings reinforce the fact that our health is affected by income, education, access to healthy foods and recreation, as well as the health behaviors we adopt, and where we live.
Working together, we can build a healthier and safer community. The health rankings serve to motivate and remind leaders and individuals from every sector – health providers, schools, businesses, worksites, and community organizations – what it takes to create the health improvements we want to see in our community. The integration of Buncombe County Health and Human Services allows for a more seamless approach to issues of health, well-being and self-sufficiency.
To see the Buncombe County “Community Health Improvement Plan” and updates on what’s happening to improve some of our highest priority health issues, check out buncombecounty.org/CHIP.
For more information on other communities, check out countyhealthrankings.org.