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WGHC History

African and Black Americans experience a multitude of health disparities that impact their health outcomes and subsequent quality of life. These health disparities are derived from systematic racism, risk behavior management, and rural living conditions that disconnect them from vital resources. WGHC started with a planning grant from The Blue Cross Blue Shield Foundation gave a planning grant to the Pitt County Health Department to build capacity and partnerships to improve community health. The West Greenville Health Council was established to bring awareness of these health concerns to the West Greenville community and begin to mitigate these health disparities. The WGHC used a community-based intervention approach to collaborate with agency partners and ECU Department of Public Health faculty to involve concerned citizens in driving improvement efforts. These improvement efforts included identifying common concerns, evaluating the implementations of change derived from the intervention, and moving forward with possible solutions from the point of view of the community member. With its full establishment in 2017, the WGHC continues to address emerging health threats and disseminates health information to the West Greenville public through community outreach, collaboration, and engagement.

Community-Identified Concerns

Health Conditions:

  • Mental Health

  • Chronic Diseases (cardiovascular disease, diabetes)

  • Obesity

  • Teen Pregnancy / STDs

  • Substance Abuse

Physical Environment:

  • Safety (crime, traffic, walkability)

  • Few opportunities for recreation

  • Leisure/play

  • Poor housing quality

  • Gentrification

Social Environment:

  • Access to healthcare

  • Unemployment

  • Under-development - local businesses

  • Police interactions

  • Elder Isolation

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