COUNTY HEALTH PRIORITIES & ISSUES

County Brunswick Columbus New Hanover Onslow Pender
Priorities

Childhood obesity

Obesity

Obesity

Adults overweight & obese

Overweight & obese

    Chronic disease Violence Tobacco Use Chronic disease
      Access to care   Access to care
Issues

Reducing the number of women who smoke while pregnant

 

Lack of insurance

 

 

Unintentional poisonings

 

 

Second-hand smoke in the workplace

 

Changing demographics

 

 

  Hypertension Drugs & alcohol Underage drinking Adult smokers Health behavior
  Diabetes education & support       Mental health
  Colorectal cancer awareness        
  Health screenings        

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Community Health Assessments & State of the County Reports

*Brunswick County Community Health Assessment - 2011 and State of the County Health Report - 2012

*Columbus County Community Health Assessment - 2012, Focus on Health - 2011, State of the County Health Report - 2010

*New Hanover County Community Health Assessment - 2011 and *State of the County Health Report - 2012

*Onslow County Community Health Assessment & Executive Summary - 2012 and State of the County Health Report - 2011

*Pender County Community Health Assessment & Revised Supplement - 2010 and State of the County Health Report - 2012

*These are all external links

Summary of Community Health Assessments in the Five Counties

In reviewing the Community Health Assessments, including summary or supplemental documents, and the State of the County Health Reports, to obtain the most recent information for Brunswick, Columbus, New Hanover, Onslow and Pender Counties, the following priorities (concerns/issues) were noted:

Brunswick County – Childhood Obesity, Diabetes Education and Support, Hypertension, Reducing the Number of Women Who Smoke While Pregnant and Colorectal Cancer Awareness (Health Screenings)

Columbus County – Chronic Disease and Obesity (Drugs/Alcohol, Lack of Insurance)

New Hanover County – Obesity, Unintentional Poisonings and Underage Drinking (Violence, Access to Care)

Onslow County – Adult smokers, Secondhand Smoke in the Workplace and Adult Obesity

Pender County – Access to Care, Chronic Disease and Overweight/Obesity (Mental Health, Health Behaviors, Changing Demographics)

Each county created a priority around obesity, three counties addressed chronic health issues and two counties set priorities related to smoking. In addition, three counties indicated either a priority or concern regarding access to care and two counties noted issues related to alcohol.

Brunswick, New Hanover and Pender Counties have established Action Plans and have noted progress towards their goals. While Columbus and Onslow counties are in the action planning stage having completed their assessments in 2012.

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