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A Closer Look

Every three years, the Gaston County Department of Health and Human Services, with support from CaroMont Health, Gaston Community Healthcare Commission, the United Way and other local partners, conducts the Community Health Needs Assessment to best understand community perceptions of local health issues. By combining important statistics with local opinion, the assessment becomes the baseline for community health improvements and action items for subsequent years.

Read the most recent assessment. 

2021 Community Health Assessment

The report contains information about the overall health of Gaston County, and also aggregated responses from the community Quality of Life Survey. The Quality of Life Survey is provided to residents from four diverse groups including community leaders, community residents, high school students and persons living in low-income areas.

Important Takeaways from the 2021 Assessment

Based on 2016 to 2020 data from the North Carolina State Center for Health Statistics, the leading causes of death in Gaston County are:

  • Heart Disease
  • Cancer
  • Respiratory Disease
  • Alzheimer's
  • Stroke   

Additionally, the Quality of Life Survey identified the top local health issues as follows:

  • Mental Health
  • Illegal Drug Abuse
  • Prescription Drug Abuse
  • Homelessness and Safe Housing
  • Lack of Healthcare for the Uninsured

Top Health Priorities for 2019-2021

Based on statistics and survey responses, CaroMont Health is focused on the following priorities:

  • Proactively manage mental health issues in primary care offices.
  • Enhance opioid and prescription drug abuse intervention and management protocols.
  • Improve access to affordable healthy food in low-income communities.

Previous Community Health Assessment Results

2018 Community Health Assessment | 2018 Implementation Strategy
2015 Community Health Assessment | 2015 Implementation Strategy
2012 Community Health Assessment | 2012 Implementation Strategy