In North Carolina, the state requires each local health department to conduct a Community Health Assessment (CHA) every four years for accreditation and as part of its consolidated contract.
In the years between health assessments, health departments submit an abbreviated State of the County Health Report (SOTCH) featuring an overview of community health indicators, including information on demographics, maternal, child and infant health, social determinants of health and leading causes of morbidity and mortality.
The report also highlights local programs and initiatives that are making progress in addressing the top four health issues identified by Mecklenburg County residents during the 2013 CHA: chronic disease prevention, mental health, access to care, and violence prevention. These snapshots of progress support the Healthy North Carolina 2020 goals for making North Carolina a healthier state.
Some of the findings from the 2015 SOTCH include:
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