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access to care, mental health, nutrition and physical activity, diabetes

FISHERSVILLE, Va. (WHSV) – Augusta Well being hosted a Neighborhood Well being Wants Evaluation assembly on Wednesday, July 27, reviewing well being wants for the Staunton, Augusta County and Waynesboro areas.

These assessments are executed each three years; the final was in 2019.

The hospital mentioned they need to pay explicit consideration to entry to healthcare, psychological well being, vitamin and bodily exercise, and diabetes.

Normal well being

The presentation began by having a look on the normal well being of the group. The bulk would take into account themselves in good or wonderful well being, and 17.6% mentioned they’d take into account their well being honest or poor.

Bruce Lockwood with the Skilled Analysis Consultants Group offered the knowledge, and he mentioned the proportion of individuals in honest or poor well being is “statistically larger” than within the U.S. or Virginia.

“The sharp distinction is by revenue stage. For our functions, this low-income class contains people making as much as 200% of the federal poverty stage, which is about 52,000 for a household of 4. It’s not essentially the poorest of the poor, it’s a proportion that encompasses quite a lot of households locally,” he defined.

Entry to care

Within the Augusta County space, virtually 8% of individuals are with none kind of insurance coverage. Lockwood mentioned that’s in step with the commonwealth and nation. Nevertheless, there are different obstacles to accessing care.

About 45.8% of individuals mentioned they’ve skilled obstacles to care.

“That’s larger than we see nationally. It has elevated over time. It was about 37% in 2016, about 40% in 2019, now at about 46%,” mentioned Lockwood.

27% of respondents mentioned they handed up making a health care provider’s appointment as a result of they couldn’t get an appointment. That’s in comparison with 15% nationally. 16% of individuals mentioned they handed up an appointment as a result of they couldn’t discover a health care provider. That’s in comparison with 9% nationally.

One issue that has improved for locals is transportation.

Psychological well being

21% of individuals mentioned their psychological well being was honest or poor, which is up from 8.7% in 2016.

Virtually 23% of individuals mentioned they’re receiving some kind of behavioral well being therapy. Lockwood reported there are about 70 psychological well being practitioners within the Augusta County space.

“For the inhabitants measurement, that’s fairly typical for the state, however it’s nicely beneath the nationwide ratio for suppliers to inhabitants,” mentioned Lockwood.

8% of individuals reported they’d not been capable of get therapy once they wished it, and that will increase for at-risk teams, like ladies, younger adults and lower-income residents.

Vitamin, bodily exercise and weight

72% of adults in they space are chubby or overweight, which is larger than within the U.S., 61%, or in Virginia, 67%.

As for meals insecurity, 21% of individuals have been fearful about working out of meals or did run out. That price is best than the nationwide price of 34%.

About 14% of individuals within the space meet present suggestions for bodily exercise. That quantity has dropped because the final evaluation.


15% of respondents within the Staunton, Augusta, and Waynesboro areas reported they’ve obtained a prognosis of diabetes, and 15% mentioned they’ve obtained a prognosis of prediabetes.

The information can be used to raised serve the world. To be taught extra in regards to the 2016 and 2019 assessments, click on here.

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