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About Healthy Carolinians of Orange County

Healthy Carolinians of Orange County (HCOC) is a network of agencies and citizens partnering to promote health and wellness in Orange County. Members of HCOC are representatives from schools, human service agencies, churches, civic groups, businesses, local government, UNC Chapel Hill, health care organizations including UNC Healthcare, and concerned citizens.


Our mission is to advocate, guide and assist Orange County in planning and implementing health care strategies to promote healthy lifestyles, improve health status and prevent premature death and injury for all residents in the county regardless of age, race, income or educational level. The overall goal of the program is to reduce health disparities.


Priority Health Issues: 2019-2023

  • As a result of the 2019 Community Health Assessment, three priority areas were identified and will be addressed over the next four years. Those priority areas are 1) Access to Care, 2) Health Behaviors and 3) Health Equity.  

    Read the 2019 Community Health Assessment.

    Healthy Carolinians of Orange County (HCOC) needs your help with creating actionable plans that will help us work towards improving Orange County around the three priority areas. Below is a description of the three priority areas and the topics that fall under each priority.  

    Access to Care - Access to comprehensive, quality health care services is important for promoting and maintaining health, preventing and managing disease, reducing unnecessary disability and premature death, and achieving health equity for all. Areas included under access to care are: health care, dental care, health insurance, and transportation.

    Health Behaviors - Health behaviors are not always determined by a choice to be healthy or unhealthy but rather the influence from one’s community, systemic racism, exposure to trauma, physical activity, food accessibility, substance use, sexual health and one’s social and economic status.

    Health Equity - Health equity is achieved when every person has the opportunity to attain their full health potential and no one is disadvantaged from achieving this potential because of social position or other socially determined circumstances. Areas included under health equity are: environmental justice, criminal justice, and social determinants of health to include employment and income, poverty, education, housing and homelessness.

Volunteer to be on an Action Plan Committee:

In 2019 and early 2020 Healthy Carolinians and the Orange County Health Department led the 2019 Community Health Assessment process.  Thank you to all who played a part in that important process!  As a result of your hard work, the 2019 Community Health Assessment document was created and the three priority areas have been selected.

The identified priority areas are
1) Access to Care
2) Health Behaviors
3) Health Equity

Here’s where we need your help.  Now that the priority areas are identified, it is time for us to create action plans for the identified areas of improvement around each priority area.  If you have interest in one (or more) priority area and would like to serve on a committee to create an action plan, please complete a short survey to share your interests and contact information.

 Click here to access the survey.


Ashley Rawlinson, Healthy Carolinians Coordinator

2020 State of the County Health Report (SOTCH)

This 2020Screen Shot 2021-06-30 at 9.39.00 AM Opens in new window State of the County Health Report (SOTCH) provides an update on local health concerns and the actions being taken to address them. It uses the most recent data to highlight the leading Orange County, North Carolina (OC) causes of death and disease as well as progress towards addressing the leading health concerns identified in the 2019 Community Health Assessment (CHA).