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Community Outreach

Appalachian Regional Healthcare System offers numerous Community Outreach Programs in its commitment to serving the healthcare needs of High Country residents.

Community Outreach at ARHS

  • Senior Health - Fitness classes, health screenings and presentations held in partnership with Watauga County Project on Aging
  • Community Health Screenings
  • 2nd and 9th grade Health Fairs
  • Sun Safety Program
  • Cancer Prevention Education & Screenings
  • Safe Sitter classes
  • Community presentations and monitoring of local, state and national health statistics.

Candy Jones, Community Outreach Nurse at (828) 268-8960.

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Community Health Needs Assessment

CHNA_9.2013-coverAppalachian 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.

Click here to download a copy of the Community Health Needs Assessment


Appalachian Healthcare Project

Appalachian Healthcare Project is a collaborative effort of the medical community to provide healthcare for the low income, uninsured residents in Watauga and Avery Counties. The project enrolls persons who meet program guidelines and coordinates healthcare on their behalf.

For more information, call:

  • Boone Office - (828) 268-8956
  • Linville Office - (828) 737-7725

Latino Health Program

The Latino Health Program seeks to improve the health and wellbeing of Latinos in Watauga and Avery counties through: health education, increased access to care, and other enabling services.

For more information, call:

  • (828) 268-8967 or (828) 268-8962