The Community Health Team at AppHealthCare works with local stakeholders to identify, assess and address public health. We focus on community health outcomes by cultivating partnerships to strengthen public health through evidence-based prevention, intervention, systems level change and resiliency building.
We envision a community where everyone has an equal opportunity to live healthy and productive lives. We work toward this vision in partnership with schools, community and faith leaders, health care professionals, state partners and other local stakeholders to identify health priorities and implement evidence-based strategies to address them. The public health priorities identified for Alleghany, Ashe and Watauga Counties for 2015-2018 include:
- Substance use and abuse
- Physical activity and nutrition
- Chronic disease management and awareness
Our Community Health programs Include:
The Northwest Tobacco Prevention Coalition is an educational effort to increase awareness of the health hazards of tobacco use and secondhand smoke and to promote policies that protect the public from the negative consequences of tobacco use.
Triple P is designed to give parents the skills they need to raise confident healthy children and teenagers and to build stronger family bonds. Triple P doesn’t tell people how to parent. Rather, it gives parents simple and practical strategies they can adapt to suit their own values, beliefs and needs.
This initiative focuses on bringing together key community stakeholders to work on systems that impact families with children and youth with special health care needs from birth to 21 years of age. Innovative Approaches is a community-led, family driven initiative.
- Maternal and Child Health Initiative
Through a collective impact framework, the MCH initiative works to decrease infant mortality, improve birth outcomes and improve health status of children ages zero to five years.
- School health improvement
The “Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child” model aims to strengthen a unified approach by all community partners to learning and health. Schools, health agencies, parents, and communities are working toward a common goal of supporting the health and academic achievement of students.
- Project Lazarus
Through collaboration with law enforcement, medical practices and pharmacies, we promote and implement strategies to take prescription drugs correctly, store securely, dispose properly, and never share.