High Point is the only city in North Carolina that is connected to four counties: Forsyth, Guilford, Davidson, and Randolph. With a diverse population of nearly 110,000 located between Charlotte and Raleigh, the area is home to a variety of businesses and has been dubbed the “home furnishings capital of the world.”
Despite High Point’s entrepreneurial spirit and successful business landscape, the community still faces challenges and opportunities when it comes to its health care needs. The Foundation for a Healthy High Point emphasizes the relationship between wellness and a successful, sustainable community. Several health issues relevant to our area have been identified, including:
Teen Pregnancy & Poor Birth Outcomes
- According to the Early Intervention & Teen Pregnancy Prevention White Paper commissioned by the Foundation in 2015:
- Guilford County’s rate of low and very low birth weight is higher than the state average (and the rate for African Americans is twice the rate of Caucasian births).
- Pre-term and low birth weight births tend to be concentrated in central High Point.
- Teen pregnancy rates have declined in Guilford County; however, racial disparities still persist. The community within area code 27260 has one of the highest rates in North Carolina.
Behavioral Health & Substance Abuse Outcomes
- According to the 2016 Community Health Needs Assessment:
- 63% of Guilford County residents state that they “always” (as opposed to sometimes, rarely, or never) get the social and emotional support they need.
- Over 10% of High Point residents report “rarely or “never” receiving the social and emotional support they need.
- Since 1999, opioid overdoses have claimed the lives of more than 13,000 North Carolinians. Opioid deaths involving pain medications are the leading cause of overdose death (NC Governors Office).
- More information can be found in the 2015 White Paper commissioned by the Foundation on Behavioral Health in the Greater High Point, NC Area.