Social Determinants of Health – a NC DHHS informative website

A new entry on NC Department of Health and Human Services website became available in the summer of 2018.  It displays an interactive map for the entire state broken up into regions; the 18 western NC counties served by Mission Health System are in Regions 1 and 2.

Here is the link: North Carolina Social Determinants of Health by Region

This is an informative and powerful resource. Social Determinants of Health (SDOHs) are the conditions in which people live, work, play, and worship, and the quality of these conditions can have a huge influence on a wide range of health and quality of life outcomes.

Click on a Region you are interested in, and scroll down the black panel on the left.  When you click on one of the items in the list, the map displays metrics in areas of each county organized into these categories:

  • General Profile of the region, such as population density, race, ethnicity, etc.
  • Economic Determinants of Health, such as income, percent Unemployed, percent Uninsured, percent living in poverty, etc.
  • Housing and Transportation, such as percent living in rental housing, percent overcrowded households, percent with no vehicle, etc.
  • Social and Neighborhood Resources, such as percent single parent households, areas with low access to healthy food, etc.

Below is the Region 2 map, which includes Mitchell County and Yancey County, showing the Percent Population with No Health Insurance; be sure to unfurl the Legend in the top right of the screen.  Very informative, easy to read.  Go check it out for yourself!

Uninsured Map