In 2021 Gaston County Department of Health and Human Services conducted the Community Health Assessment (CHA) which highlights the community's top health concerns. The CHA is a collaborative effort between the Gaston County Department of Health & Human Services (DHHS) and CaroMont Regional Medical Center and provides a comprehensive review of the demographic, social, and economic factors influencing the health of Gaston County citizens. The report presents the notable health outcomes in Gaston County, and includes a survey of over 1,400 individuals who provide their individual experiences and opinions.
In order to determine the areas of greatest need to be addressed, DHHS presented the data to leadership teams from numerous governmental, nonprofit and neighborhood organizations in the county. These community leaders reviewed the data and voted on the priority areas to be addressed in the Community Health Improvement Plan (CHIP).
The Scorecard is a system that helps Gaston Public Health to track CHIP goals, define data indicators, and monitor efforts for each health priority area. Stay informed with real-time updates as new initiatives unfold.
The CHA is an important tool used to understand a community's health status and needs. Required for the NC Public Health Accreditation, this process identifies health needs, develop improvement strategies, allocate resources, and monitor progress over time.
The CHA gathers data from a variety of sources including the state health department, and other state and national resources to assess the health needs of Gaston County. Analysis of this data allows county leadership to make the best possible decisions regarding programs and funding opportunities.