Our Mission


Develop equitable opportunities that lead to healthy North Carolina Communities.

What We Do

NCCHW works to impact policy, build capacity and ignite community initiatives by working through a web of cross sector relationships organized around building healthier places throughout the state. Staff broker ideas, champions projects and collects results about how to produce health at the population level. We contribute to the UNC Asheville educational experience through shared projects with academic partners who tying social determinants of health content to student learning in and out of the classroom on initiatives that benefit Western North Carolina. We build relationships that expand the network of cross sector partners passionate about placing health in first position to drive and sustain community resilience.

What We Believe

Health as defined by the WHO guides NCCHW’s work. “Health is a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity” (Preamble to the Constitution of the World Health Organization as adopted by the International Health Conference, New York, 19-22 June, 1946; signed on 22 July 1946 by the representatives of 61 States)

Equity means working to ensure that there is level playing field for everyone, no matter their station in life, to pursue optimal health without undue burdens out of their control.

Asset thinking means looking at all people and places as capable of generating solutions jointly by working together across sectors to impact health.

Living well for individuals means that they have the information and ability to select the healthy choice because it is the easy choice.

Thriving communities provide platform for individuals, especially young children, emerging adults and seasoned adults on strong positive health outcomes journeys.

High quality data comes from both qualitative and quantitative approaches that are practical and promote evaluative thinking that leads to meaningful action.

How We Do It

Collectively, the staff:

  • Leads with the vision that healthy communities need cross sector partnerships and local leaders to produce health for all
  • Collaborates with groups and people aligned with our approach to advancing health
  • Evaluates with a focus on results, shared learning and skill building to measure impact
  • Communicates through a mix of tools and training to inform and ignite to action

Where We Focus

Local UNC Asheville Campus, Asheville area, western North Carolina region and across the state particularly in areas with opportunity to reduce the greatest gaps in health outcomes through cross-sector partnerships and community commitment to help everyone reach their full health potential.

We are interested in audiences at strategic life points where there is strong opportunity to set and sustain them on a positive health journey in their community.

  • Young children and those who raise them
  • Emerging adults and those who influence them
  • Seasoned adults and those who support them