healthy equity

Health Equity Report

2021 Report

Dear Community Members, 

This report reminds us that health starts where we live, learn, work, and play and for this reason, we need everyone – not just public health professionals – to be part of the work to support health for all people. For several years, The Health Collaborative’s partnerships have broken down silos and built connections across sectors. We have engaged residents, worked to build and repair trust, and fostered a culture of collaboration and learning across the region. The social capital and community capacity built has allowed us to have hard conversations about the root causes of poor health and health disparities and has highlighted areas of shared concern. With this strong foundation, we can align efforts, leverage resources, and maximize capacity in ways we couldn’t before and in ways no one organization could do on their own. While this progress may be hard to measure, we know that today, we are much more prepared for this long-term effort and much better equipped to address the complex challenges we face. Though there is still much work to do, we hope you feel proud of how far we’ve come and inspired to continue this deep work together.


The Health Collaborative


View the 2021 Health Equity Report Story Map, including links to the full report and executive summary.


Learn more and get involved!

This summer, we will be hosting several community conversations to dig into the data and findings of the report and to plan our path forward. Our goal is to emerge with a better understanding of the community's wants and needs and to update our Health for All Action Plan to guide our work over the next few years.

Stay tuned! More information coming soon! 


2017 Report

Dear Community Members, 

The Health Collaborative in partnership with Centra, Danville Regional Medical Center, Danville Regional Foundation and the Institute for Public Health Innovation, is pleased to present the Dan River Region's first Health Equity Report. As part of a larger community health needs assessment, the map-based report provides critical insight into the many factors that influence our community's health. 

Over the past ten months, a committee of community partners have been working together to collect data, engage residents, identify common themes and analyze trends to better understand our region's current health status. In believing that health goes beyond the absence of disease, we have included a broad range of social and environmental factors in our study. These conditions cover economic stability, educational attainment, poverty and the distribution of opportunities created by our current built environment. 

In the pages of the report, you will find the  first chapter of our journey towards Health for All. Serving as the starting point, this report contains a summary of the community health needs assessment process, a snapshot of our current health status, and an overview of health equity and the factors that influence our well-being. However, the focal point of this report is a series of maps that break down regional, city and county data to the census tract level. By having the ability to see how factors including, but not limited to, income, food access, crime, education, and built environment impact different areas of the region allows for the importance of place to be highlighted. This includes the concept that it is ineffective to only focus on behavior changes, when the environment does not support the changes that need to be made. Using this report as a tool to drive positive change we can help create a healthy, active and engaged region where everyone lives in an environment in which they have a fair opportunity to thrive. 


The Health Collaborative



Click here to download the 2017 Health Equity Report

Click here to download the Taking Action Toolkit 


To learn more, or to get involved contact:

Maggie Richardson
Regional Coordinator, The Health Collaborative
434-766-6761 x7745