Community Health Needs Assessment

Appalachian Regional Healthcare System (ARHS) conducted a community health needs assessment (CHNA) and developed an implementation strategy to address the health needs identified in the CHNA. ARHS helmed the assessment process with assistance provided by Watauga, Avery, and Ashe Counties.

Data was collected from residents through surveys administered throughout the three counties, and interviews were conducted with key community leaders. This dual set of primary data was strengthened with secondary data from the North Carolina State Center for Health Statistics and County Health Rankings to provide a clear picture of the health issues affecting ARHS’s community.

 

Latino Health Program

The Latino Health Program of Appalachian Regional Healthcare System seeks to improve the health and well-being of Latinos in Watauga and Avery counties through increased access to care, health education, and other enabling services.

The Latino Health Program was established in 2012 through a grant from the North Carolina Office of Minority Health and Health Disparities (OMHHD). Our vision is to improve the health of the local Latino population; specifically, the grant focuses on improving patients’ management and understanding of their own health in order to prevent illness and to manage current illnesses.

Latinos are disproportionately affected by certain health conditions such as high blood pressure, diabetes, and overweight/obesity. They may also experience difficulty accessing health services due to language, transportation, cultural and financial barriers.

The Latino Health Program aims to address these health concerns and barriers by connecting with the local population, providing a variety of services including referrals to existing medical providers, enabling services (such as interpretation and transportation to medical appointments), care coordination, health education and community outreach.

Through these services we hope to address health disparities in our community, and ultimately make our community a healthier place to live.

For more information or to refer a patient to the Latino Health Program’s services, please call (828) 268-8967 or (828) 268-8962.

Appalachian Healthcare Project

Appalachian Healthcare Project

Appalachian Healthcare Project is a collaborative effort among the medical community to provide healthcare for low income, uninsured residents of Watauga and Avery Counties.

The project enrolls persons who meet program guidelines and coordinates health care on the individual’s behalf. Coordination of health care includes: managing referrals to specialists, helping patients get access to medications, and patient case management. Medical providers donate much needed care to individuals who qualify.


Program Guidelines

Appalachian Healthcare Project strives to help individuals who meet the following program guidelines:

  1. Have a total gross household income at or below 200% federal poverty guidelines
  2. Be a resident of Watauga or Avery County for the past 60 days
  3. Have NO access to health insurance, Medicaid, Medicare, Worker’s Comp ,VA Benefits, No coverage through the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare), third party payments or be covered under financial assistance through the hospital system
  4. You must have a chronic, on-going medical problem
  5. You must have a participating primary care physician within Avery or Watauga County

If you do not meet all of the above five requirements, there still may be some programs that can help you to pay for doctor’s visits and medicines. Contact the Department of Social Services about federal programs (Medicaid, Medicare) or drug company programs to help pay for medicines.

The project is a cooperation of doctors in Watauga and Avery County, Watauga Medical Center, Cannon Hospital, area pharmacies, DayMark Recovery Services, Watauga and Avery County Health departments, along with other allied health providers. Please contact us if you have more questions about our services.

Applications are taken by appointment only. Avery County residents please call (828) 737-7725. Watauga County residents please call (828) 268-8955.


What to bring with you when signing up for the Appalachian Healthcare Project

  • Most current tax return from you and anyone else in your household that filed taxes
  • All bottles or other packaging for medicines which you are currently prescribed
  • A current North Carolina driver’s license or photo identification showing your current address
  • The most recent three months pay stubs or other valid pay verification from you and/or anyone else in your household working or receiving income from another source. Other sources include, but are not limited to:
    • SSI, Disability, Social Security, pensions, VA Benefits, Worker’s Comp, Unemployment, etc. If you work for cash, you must have a letter from person you work/have worked for stating amount earned and the hours worked with rate of pay
  • The most recent three months bank statements (if any) from you and anyone else in your household including but not limited to: checking, savings, CDs, Money Market, IRA, etc
  • If you have filed for Medicaid and been denied, a copy of the denial letter is required
  • If you are receiving Food Stamp assistance, a letter stating the amount your household receives and the dates you are approved is required
  • If you are receiving HUD housing assistance or any other type of housing assistance, a letter or copy of the rental agreement stating how much assistance is received each month is required
  • If you are receiving alimony or child support, we need documentation of the amount received
  • If you are living with family and/or friends at little or no cost to you, please bring a letter stating when you started staying there and what you are responsible for paying
  • Please bring in all your bills for your monthly household expenses including: Rent or Mortgage payments, auto payments, auto and/or house insurance, telephone, cell phone, cable or satellite dish, electric, water/sewer, credit cards, food/groceries, gas for vehicles, etc
  • Denial letter from Health Insurance Marketplace stating you are NOT eligible for subsidies to assist with cost of health insurance through the Affordable Care Act