We partner to prompt change.

Since 2012, McDowell County and Healthy Places NC have targeted key health issues including high rates of chronic disease, obesity, substance misuse, and lack of access to health care. These health concerns also impact McDowell County’s economic outlook as companies seek to attract a healthy, vibrant workforce. Through Healthy Places NC, McDowell County residents have identified substance misuse—referred to by the community as substance use disorder—and obesity reduction as two key issues to address.

Strategic Goals

Reduce rates of obesity.

We are partnering with residents to promote healthy eating and active living by increasing access to healthy foods and recreational and exercise opportunities in areas of the county with few to no options to shop for healthy foods or to play and be active.

Reduce rates of substance misuse and overdose deaths.

Like many rural counties, McDowell County is facing the effects of the opioid crisis. We are working to tackle substance misuse and addiction in the county and across the state.

Our Team

Program Officer

Regional Support Organization

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