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Health Department Releases State Of The County Health Report

May 09, 2018

FAYETTEVILLE – The Cumberland County Department of Public Health has released the 2017 State of the County Health Report (SOTCH). The report provides an update to the 2016 Community Health Assessment (CHA) and reviews the most recent mortality and morbidity data.

The SOTCH tracks priority issues identified in the CHA, points out emerging issues, and highlights new initiatives.

CHA Priority Issues

The 2016 CHA found the following health problems in the community and identified them as the key areas for action: chronic diseases including heart disease, cancer and diabetes/obesity; unwanted teenage pregnancies, sexually transmitted diseases and AIDS; and substance and opioid abuse.

Emerging Issues

The 2017 SOTCH identified two emerging issues in Cumberland County – the opioid crisis and GenX. The Health Department continues to partner with community members to reduce the number of opioid overdoses by educating providers who prescribe Opioids, bringing awareness to the public on Opioid addiction and treatment, and promoting treatment and recovery resources.

The Health Department is also working to ensure that the public is kept informed about the presence of GenX and any other compounds in private drinking and surface water sources near the Chemours Plant, which is near the Cumberland – Bladen County Line.

New Initiative

The Health Department developed a relationship with Carolina Treatment and Substance Abuse Rehabilitation Center by providing the organization with educational brochures about opioid abuse and overdose.

The SOTCH is conducted in the interim years between the CHA to meet requirements for the Consolidated Agreement between the North Carolina Division of Public Health and State Accreditation of Local Health Departments.

The 2017 State of the County Health Report can be found online 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.