Rowan ranks 73 out of 100 in state for overall health, says State of the County Health Report

SALISBURY — Alyssa Harris, the county’s community health manager, presented some grim statistics Monday that show a decrease in the county’s overall health ranking and highlighted priorities for 2020 after discussing the 2019 State of the County Health Report with county commissioners. The purpose of presenting the report to the board, Harris said, is to…

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County health ranking slides to 73rd among state’s 100 counties

SALISBURY – Rowan County is just shy of the bottom 25th percentile in the state in terms of health, according to an annual report released by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. The report ranks every county in the country against those within their states. Alyssa Harris, executive director of Healthy Rowan, said healthy behaviors have…

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Editorial: Healthy Rowan County requires community buy-in

Health is more than weight, says Alyssa Smith, whose job will be to rally community organizations around a series of new goals ranging from housing issues to lowering the suicide rate. That is, a healthier community is more than one where a majority of the population is physically fit according to traditional, clinical measures. Smith…

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Garden Beds and Partnerships

Saint Peter’s, Salisbury, began a garden ministry in 2015. The congregation sits on about 13 acres of land. There are many people in the congregation who have a good knowledge of farming and gardening. We also understand that part of God’s mission is that the hungry be fed, so it seemed to be a natural…

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A Healthy Rowan is a Happier Rowan

Hi all! Alyssa Smith here, back with your Health Connection blog! I hope you all have enjoyed seeing social media posts about different nutrition programs happening in Rowan County, that you’ve had a chance to hit up the newly opened Salisbury-Rowan Farmer’s Market, and that you’ve learned a little more about what Rowan has to…

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Editorial: Rowan’s greatest needs are closely related

Which comes first, the chicken’s drug abuse or his emotional and mental problems? Or his unhealthy living habits? The top priorities identified by a recent United Way assessment don’t really have anything to do with chickens, but you get the idea. Rowan County residents have closely intertwined needs when it comes to substance use, mental…

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Needs assessment identifies substance abuse, mental health, healthy lifestyle behaviors as top priorities

SALISBURY — Through information from public opinion surveys, focus groups and statistical data provided by the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, substance abuse, mental health and healthy lifestyle behaviors were identified as priorities in the Rowan County United Way needs assessment. Matt Simon and Erin Magee of the Gillings School presented their findings…

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Rowan community health assessment points to substance use as Rowan’s biggest concern

ROWAN COUNTY, NC (WBTV) – Substance use, and its connection with the opioid epidemic, emerged as Rowan County’s greatest concern in need of fixing, according to the Community Health and Human Service Needs Assessment presented by the Rowan County United Way on Tuesday morning. “It shows that it has to be addressed,” said Steve Fisher…

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Rowan County leaders consider needs cited in assessment

SALISBURY — The UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health has identified Rowan County’s top needs as housing and homelessness; violent crime; child abuse and neglect; transportation to essential health and human services; employment and workforce readiness; access to health care; healthy lifestyle behaviors; substance use; and mental health. Last month, community leaders and representatives…

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Rowan Helping Ministries to open eastern campus

SALISBURY — Rowan Helping Ministries is expanding eastward thanks to a partnership with St. Peter’s Lutheran Church in Rockwell. The church, off St. Peter’s Church Road, will host a Saturday food pantry under the auspices of Rowan Helping Ministries beginning in late October. “It’s a great opportunity,” said Kyna Grubb, executive director of the agency.…

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