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Saturday, April 22, 2017

The Twin Counties Partnership for Healthier Communities would like to thank the more than 300 residents across Nash and Edgecombe counties who participated in the Community Health Survey conducted in mid to late March. Residents shared their opinions on what they felt most influences quality of life in their community and what type of health improvement programs they felt were important. They also responded to personal health questions related to nutrition, physical activity and access to health care.

We would like to thank the 44 interviewers, which included community volunteers from the partnering agencies and the staff and students from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill Gillings School of Global Public Health who worked in teams to gather the community’s opinions through face-to-face interviews. We would also like to extend thanks to the International Baccalaureate student volunteers of Rocky Mount High School for preparing the “thank you” bags for the survey participants. Lastly, we extend our very special thanks to the Englewood Baptist Church and the Morning Star Church of God in Christ for hosting the survey teams over the three and a half day period for each survey.

Though Nash and Edgecombe counties may be different in some ways, many survey results demonstrate how similar residents think and behave, regardless of which county they live in. For instance, community members across the Twin Counties responded that crime and safety, access to health care, and opportunities for youth most affect the quality of life in their communities. A majority of people also said that it is very important for residents to have access to low cost or free physical activity opportunities, school-based health centers in public schools, and mobile crisis services for residents with mental health or substance abuse disorders needs.

The survey was just the first step in hearing from community members. The Twin Counties Partnership for Healthier Communities will use the survey results to plan our work in the coming years. The next step is hosting the Twin Counties Health Summit where we will share survey results and will engage in discussions on opportunities for addressing issues identified through the survey.

The Twin Counties Health Summit will be on June 26, 2017 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Booker T. Theater on West Thomas Street in Rocky Mount. More details, including registration information, will be available in May. The summit is free and open to all community members.

The Twin Counties Partnership for Healthier Communities is a network of diverse, engaged agencies committed to improving the health and wellness of all residents of the Twin Counties. Anyone with questions about the health survey or the partnership can contact Becky Copeland, Twin Counties Partnership Coordinator at twcpartnership01@gmail.com or 252-962-6208. The Community Health Survey and Summit are made possible with the support of the Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust.

Becky Copeland

Twin Counties Partnership For Healthier Communities Coordinator

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