A new study offers an analysis of health and economic disparities in High Point. It also shares recommendations on how to narrow the socioeconomic gap.
The report was released by the Foundation for a Healthy High Point. The goal was to examine social inequities and how they can lead to high levels of infant mortality, chronic illnesses such as heart disease and diabetes, and mental health issues.
The study provides insight into ingrained societal barriers, including the lack of access to healthy foods, preventative health care, and economic mobility opportunities. Those issues are exacerbated in High Point by limited transportation and a shortage of affordable housing.
Foundation Executive Director Curtis Holloman says the neighborhood-based feedback will greatly enhance its ability to invest in the future.
"This is really important to the community because it's that first look at defining and looking at health from the social context and the social influences, and this is informing our new strategic direction," says Holloman.
To that end, the foundation this week released a “Strategic Direction” document that will be used to guide future collaborative efforts within the Greater High Point region.