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County Health Ranking Improves from 2017

Mar 14, 2018

Cumberland County’s overall health ranking improved from 79 in 2017 to 75 out of 100 North Carolina counties for 2018. The rankings were released today by “County Health Rankings,” a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute program.

The annual County Health Rankings show how a county’s overall health ranking is influenced by the following categories and subcategories:

  • Health Outcomes – Length and Quality of Life
  • Health Factors – Health Behaviors, Clinical Care, Social and Economic Factors, and Physical Environment
  • Policies and Programs

“We are pleased that we saw improvement in our overall health ranking and I look forward to continued improvement,” said Interim Health Director Duane Holder. “These rankings help highlight issues and concerns in our community where we can focus our efforts with programs, services, and increasing awareness in the community.”

Cumberland County has a strength in the area of Clinical Care, where it ranked 20 out of 100. This means the county has a lower percentage of uninsured residents and lower provider-to-patient ratios than the rest of the state of North Carolina. Overall, residents have access to affordable and high-quality health care that is timely, safe, and effective.

The rankings also showed Cumberland County has several areas to improve in, including smoking and sexually transmitted infections, which are included under the Health Behaviors subcategory and diabetes monitoring, included under Clinical Care. These findings are consistent with health issues identified by the Cumberland County Health Department’s 2016 Community Health Assessment.

Improving these health areas requires a consortium of community partners and organizations including services and programs provided by the Health Department.

The Health Department’s Sexually Transmitted Disease Clinic provides free and confidential services to anyone interested in screening, diagnosis, treatment and counseling for STDs and HIV. Teens can also get testing through the department’s Teen Wellness Clinic.

The Adult Health Clinic offers diabetes monitoring and diabetes management classes are offered through the Health Education division. The Diabetes Self-Management Program a workshop for people with type 2 diabetes. It teaches the skills needed for day-to-day management of diabetes and to maintain and/or increase life’s activities.

Additionally, the Health Department offers free smoking cessation classes throughout the year. Residents can also call QuitlineNC at 1-800-QUIT-NOW (1-800-784-8669) for help to quit smoking. 

The full rankings are available at


If you would like more information about the Cumberland County Department of Public Health’s programs and services, health-related data, or community resources, please call 910-433-3600 or visit with someone at the information desk, or visit our website at Comments are welcome and can be submitted on our website at The Health Department is located at 1235 Ramsey St. in Fayetteville.