Healthy Places Rockingham County
Working in Rockingham County
Rockingham County sits along the Virginia border in central North Carolina, just north of Greensboro. Grist and textile mills established on the banks of the Smith and Dan Rivers drove the early economic engine of the community. Robust coalitions and an innovative community foundation help cultivate and scale health improvement programs in Rockingham, and a scenic rural setting provides opportunities to attract hikers, bikers, and other outdoor enthusiasts.
In Rockingham County, local individuals and organizations work to increase healthy eating and active living in communities with low incomes by:
Expanding programs to promote countywide wellness through the coordination of free community healthy eating and active living opportunities.
Supporting an enhanced mobile food pantry to travel throughout Rockingham and serve as an entry point to refer families with low incomes to relevant resources.
Completing a community center that will provide equitable recreational and educational healthy eating and active living opportunities for K-12 students.
Implementing a whole child, whole school and whole community approach to improving physical activity amongst students and their families.
Rockingham County residents aim to reduce rates of substance misuse and overdose deaths by:
Supporting community-based research that engages residents in the process to collect data, identify gaps, and determine best practices to reduce substance misuse rates.
Supporting systems change approaches from the community planning process, which may include addressing organizational capacity within health systems, coordination within and across systems, community education and engagement, and advocacy.
Supporting evidence-informed and evidence-based approaches to prevent substance misuse among vulnerable populations.
Strengthening the alignment, coordination, and communication of medical, behavioral health, medical transportation and community resources.