Health

Goal:  Families achieve and sustain good health

Local Priorities

  1. Gaston County families will have available knowledge and incentives to make healthy choices and form habits that lead to lifelong health.
  2. Gaston County families will have access to tests that identify existing conditions and treatment for them.  Conditions like high blood pressure, diabetes, and cancer.
  3. Access. Everyone in Gaston County will be able to engage with all kinds of healthcare professionals, including emergency medicine, pharmacies, mental health practitioners, medical specialists, and dental care providers.

Why?

  • Gaston County has a high percentage of “lifestyle illnesses”: Heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure. These diseases are preventable.
  • Many citizens don’t feel healthcare facilities are available to them.
  • Gaston County overall “healthy” ranking is 79th out of 100 North Carolina counties.