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The North Carolina Division of Public Health requires local health departments to conduct a comprehensive Community Health Assessment (CHA) every three to four years. The purpose of a CHA is to examine the health issues and status of communities within the county and to identify health priorities. Priorities identified during the 2018 CHA are as follows: Access to Care, Behavioral Health, Chronic Disease Prevention. Upon completion of the CHA, community stakeholders in Craven County work together to create a Community Health Improvement Plan (CHIP). The CHIP and initiatives proposed within it are used as a tool to improve the health of the community. Progress on the CHIP is reported annually through the State of the County Health (SOTCH) report. This report provides a review of the health of the community, tracks progress in addressing priority health issues, and identifies new initiatives and emerging issues that affect the health status of county residents.
A link to the 2020 SOTCH can be found here .