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May 12
2014 State of the County Health Report Presented to Human Services Board

The 2014 State of the County Health (SOTCH) Report was presented to the Wake County Human Services Board on Thursday, April 23, 2015, at its regular monthly meeting by Wake epidemiologist Edi Alfano-Sobsey, Ph.D. The 2014 SOTCH Report reviews the major causes of disease-related illness (morbidity) and death (mortality) for Wake County.

The Human Services Board is responsible for promoting and protecting the health of Wake County in its role as the local Board of Health. Cancer, heart disease, cerebrovascular diseases, chronic lung diseases and unintentional injuries were identified as Wake County's chief causes of death. Cancer, cardiovascular disease and sexually transmitted infections were leading causes of morbidity. The report also updates progress on the top health concerns identified in the 2013 Wake County Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA), including:

  1. Poverty and unemployment,
  2. Health care access and utilization and
  3. Mental health and substance abuse.

The SOTCH Report also identifies emerging issues and new initiatives in public health that affect Wake County. For a more detailed look into the findings, interventions and updates reported in Wake County's 2014 SOTCH Report or 2013 Community Health Needs Assessment, please visit our Public Health page.





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