Health and Access to Healthcare


While many other factors contribute to an individual’s overall health, elevated physical health is required to thrive. Access to and an understanding of health care can be the biggest determinant in whether an individual is able to lead a physically healthy life.

Access to Health Care and Primary Care

Being poor correlates to poor health. Lack of transportation, being uninsured or under-insured hinder access to care, putting the health of Western North Carolina’s most vulnerable citizens on the line.

Health Literacy

Access to health information and an individual’s capacity to use it effectively are imperative to health. Appropriate healthcare decisions can only be made with a full understanding of health issues. Navigating the healthcare system, sharing personal information, and engaging in self-care are all affected by health literacy.

To learn more, visit the CDC website.