The Lee County Government Health Department presented findings of the 2018 Community Health Assessment at the regular meeting of the County Board of Commissioners on Monday, October 7, 2019.  The report identified obesity, tobacco use, substance abuse and teen pregnancy as the leading health concerns for the Lee County community. 

“The Community Health Assessment is an important planning tool for the Health Department,” shared Heath Cain, Lee County Health Director.  “The data and findings in the report will be used to help prioritize the distribution of our resources, as well as, assist in the refining of our programs and services to ensure we are best meeting the needs of our community.”

The Community Health Assessment includes information gathered by the Health Department via surveys and focus groups in addition to data provided by community health organizations and government partners.     

The findings of the report do indicate the county has some work to do in order to improve the overall health of the community; however, a positive takeaway from the findings is that the main areas of concern are all health behaviors that may see dramatic improvement with healthy eating, exercise and/or modest lifestyle changes.

“We do not want to suggest that tackling these problems will be easy,” said Lauren Stens, Health Education Specialist for Lee County, “but the areas we need to focus on are all health behaviors that with the right support mechanisms and lifestyle modifications, may lead to a remarkable recovery in our overall community health.”

The full 2018 Community Health Assessment report is available online at  For additional information, please contact Lauren Stens with the Lee County Government Health Department at (919) 718-4640 or

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