About Healthy Carolinians of Orange County
Healthy Carolinians of Orange County (HCOC) is a network of agencies and citizens partnering to promote health and wellness in Orange County. Members of HCOC are representatives from schools, human service agencies, churches, civic groups, businesses, local government, UNC Chapel Hill, health care organizations including UNC Healthcare, and concerned citizens.
Our mission is to advocate, guide and assist Orange County in planning and implementing health care strategies to promote healthy lifestyles, improve health status and prevent premature death and injury for all residents in the county regardless of age, race, income or educational level. The overall goal of the program is to reduce health disparities.
Priority Health Issues: 2019-2023
- As a result of the 2019 Community Health Assessment, three priority areas were identified and will be addressed over the next four years. Those priority areas are 1) Access to Care, 2) Health Behaviors and 3) Health Equity.
Healthy Carolinians of Orange County (HCOC) needs your help with creating actionable plans that will help us work towards improving Orange County around the three priority areas. Below is a description of the three priority areas and the topics that fall under each priority.
Access to Care - Access to comprehensive, quality health care services is important for promoting and maintaining health, preventing and managing disease, reducing unnecessary disability and premature death, and achieving health equity for all. Areas included under access to care are: health care, dental care, health insurance, and transportation.
Health Behaviors - Health behaviors are not always determined by a choice to be healthy or unhealthy but rather the influence from one’s community, systemic racism, exposure to trauma, physical activity, food accessibility, substance use, sexual health and one’s social and economic status.
Health Equity - Health equity is achieved when every person has the opportunity to attain their full health potential and no one is disadvantaged from achieving this potential because of social position or other socially determined circumstances. Areas included under health equity are: environmental justice, criminal justice, and social determinants of health to include employment and income, poverty, education, housing and homelessness.
Ashley Rawlinson, Healthy Carolinians Coordinator