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Be a good visitor during flu season

The 2017-18 flu season began October 1 and runs through May, and acccording to The N.C. Department of Health and Human Services, North Carolina has already seen its first two  [ ... ]

Watauga Medical Center earns “A” grade for patient safety in Fall 2017 Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grad...

The Leapfrog Group, a national nonprofit health care ratings organization, today released new Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grades. The Safety Grade assigns letter grades of A, B,  [ ... ]

Take the quiz: are you at risk for type 2 diabetes?

  Click to enlarge this infographic According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), millions of Americans are unaware that they hav [ ... ]

NEW Better Breathers Club

2nd Wednesday of each month 1:00-2:30 p.m.
Paul H. Broyhill Wellness Center
232 Boone Heights Drive Directions

Blood Drive at Watauga Medical Center - Dec 20
Advance Directives

December 20, 2017
10:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Watauga Medical Center Auditorium
336 Deerfield Rd, Boone, NC Directions

4th Annual Lighting of the Tree at Watauga Medical Center

December 14, 2017
6 p.m. - 7 p.m.
Watauga Medical Center Auditorium Directions

Candy Jones, RN: nurse knits healthcare system and community together
Candy Jones, RN

Few people in life have touched more hearts than Candy Jones, RN, the Community Outreach nurse at Appalachian Regional Healthcare System (ARHS). Since moving to the High Count [ ... ]

Local 11-year-old starts a beary special program at Watauga Medical Center

  Few things in life can seem scarier than the thought of surgery – especially for an 11-year-old. After her tonsillectomy at Watauga Medical Center, Lula Bovino a [ ... ]

Scholarship helps student and patients breathe easier

Have you ever received a scholarship and wondered what it could mean for your future? Callie Crump, Pulmonary Navigator at Appalachian Regional Healthcare System (ARHS),  [ ... ]

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Latino Health Program Office
(828) 268-8962
Latino Health Program Office Hours
Monday - Friday
9:00 am - 4:00 pm


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 is funded 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.


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