“There are big differences in health among North Carolina counties,” said State Health Director Jeffrey Engel, MD. “Poorer communities have poorer health. Education, jobs, availability of healthy foods, access to high-quality affordable health care, individual behavior…all these things have a big effect on people’s health. We hope this report will mobilize community leaders to take action to invest in programs and policy changes that improve health.”
In addition to MATCH, North Carolina uses the Comprehensive Assessment for Tracking Community Health (CATCH) system, an online “health data warehouse” that enables communities to identify health priorities and analyze health outcomes for their populations over time. For more information on NC CATCH, see http://www.schs.state.nc.us/SCHS/catch.