FirstHealth of the Carolinas received a $450,000 grant from The Duke Endowment based on a Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA) completed by Professional Research Consultants, Inc.
According to the results of the CHNA conducted by PRC Inc., for FirstHealth of the Carolinas, 24.5 percent of residents in Montgomery County and 28 percent of residents in Richmond County self-reported being diagnosed with diabetes or pre-diabetes as compared to the state average of 13 percent.
The heart disease mortality rate in Richmond County is also significantly higher than the state average (238.5 per 100,000 compared to 170 per 100,000).
That PRC data was the cornerstone of the grant application, which led to The Duke Endowment allocating a $450,000 grant to fund the Healthy People, Healthy Carolinas project from January 2016 to December 2018.
The Duke grant will be used to address diabetes and heart disease in the funded counties through the implementation of evidence-based interventions and purposeful evaluation. Preventive health screenings and links to primary care services will also be included in the scope of work. The program will challenge partners to work together and address health disparities in the region.
“It is an honor to be selected as one of the first five Healthy People, Healthy Carolinas grantees,” said John Jackson, president of FirstHealth Richmond Memorial Hospital. “This opportunity will foster a collaborative effort with resources and technical assistance guidance that will result in improved health for both counties.”
To learn more about how PRC can help your organization complete a community health needs assessment, visit our CHNA page.