Healthy Places Nash and Edgecombe Counties
Working in the Twin Counties
Nash and Edgecombe counties are located in eastern North Carolina between Raleigh and the Outer Banks. The two communities, often called the Twin Counties, are united by the shared city of Rocky Mount. Rocky Mount, which sits on the Tar River, was first built as a destination to mill cotton and then grew into an important tobacco market.
Increase access to mental health and community support services.
We are working with the county to address childhood trauma for children from low-income neighborhoods by supporting community-based research and education efforts, increasing the capacity of schools to use trauma-informed approaches, increasing access to mental health services in the school systems, and supporting programs focused on the whole family to prevent and address Adverse Childhood Experiences.
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, Nash and Edgecombe counties are facing the effects of the opioid crisis. We are working to tackle substance misuse and addiction in the county and across the state.
Reducing Obesity in Rural, Eastern North Carolina
Like many parts of the state, rural Healthy Places North Carolina communities are working to address high obesity rates and food insecurity. To assist stakeholders in Nash, Edgecombe, Halifax, and surrounding counties build a more equitable health system, the Trust will support efforts aimed at collecting and analyzing data and creating locally relevant plans to coordinate effective interventions.