Healthy Roots NRV

Improving Well-being in the NRV

We know that the New River Valley is a wonderful place to live, work, and play. We also know that our region’s success relies on having individuals, families, and businesses that are healthy, happy, and connected to one another.

Healthy Roots NRV (HRNRV) is a regional collaboration dedicated to strengthening connections and nurturing collaboration to enhance well-being in Virginia’s New River Valley. For more detailed information about the structure and functions of HRNRV, visit our resources page.

A Network of Networks

A network is an organizing model that intentionally brings a community of people together to work as equal partners pursuing a shared purpose over time. The NRV is home to multiple networks, including four that will form the initial affiliates of HRNRV.

Aging in Community – Focused on supporting individuals to age comfortably and safely in their home and community.

First Steps – Focused on supporting young children and families with early childhood education and development resources.

Partnership for Access to Healthcare (PATH) – Focused on improving access to physical, mental, and behavioral health care.

Thrive – Focused on expanding access to fresh, nutritious food.

HRNRV is a network of networks that intentionally connects the work of the affiliates above to share information and increase coordination on behalf of a shared purpose and in alignment with a shared set of principles. In addition to the affiliates above, HRNRV will include task-forces dedicated to addressing shared challenges, such as transportation and data collection. Plus, individuals and organizations will be able to participate in HRNRV events and programs, and to inform HRNRV priorities.

Understanding the Need

HRNRV draws on various data sources to understand well-being in our community, including the Community Health Assessment carried out by Carilion Clinic every three years. The process is guided by the Community Health Assessment Team (CHAT) with extensive involvement from citizens, health and human service agencies, business and community leaders, and it includes surveys, focus groups, and secondary data collection to understand priority needs affecting health. The 2021 Community Health Assessment identified the following priorities:

  • Mental Health
    • Access to mental/behavioral health services
    • Access to substance use services
    • Mental health problems (general)
  • Socioeconomic Factors
    • Poverty/low average household income
    • Affordable/safe housing
    • Transportation/transit system
  • Health Behaviors
    • Culture – healthy behaviors are not a priority
    • Access to healthy foods
    • High prevalence of chronic disease (general)
    • Lack of knowledge of community resources
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