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On December 8th, 2015, at the Sherrill Center on the UNC Asheville campus, United Way was one of several sponsors for “Building a Stronger North Carolina: A Legislative Briefing and Call to Action”. Click on the links below to access the presentation slides, companion guide, 2015 economic snapshots of any of 17 western North Carolina counties, information how your organization can get advocacy training from WNC Nonprofit Pathways, and the video recording of the presentation.

Issues within our Focus Areas




  • This link, provided by the Kaiser Family Foundation, lists a wide range of questions and answers to all sorts of concerns about the Affordable Care Act (aka ObamaCare).
  • UPDATED FOR 2015! The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation has updated the data on the website it maintains that looks at a variety of statistics that reveal the health of counties. By entering the State and County, you can access that information.  This website highlights their approach, ranking methods, action steps you can take, and stories from counties throughout the United States that are taking action to improve their health results.    
  • Check out Buncombe County’s latest Community Health Assessment, produced in 2012.

All three issues (Education, Income and Health)

  • Read a report that gives a snapshot of the economy in Buncombe County - produced in 2015.
  • In order to be a good advocate it is important to have quality data at your fingertips. Check out the resources on the WNC Vitality Index. Topics are categorized as The Natural Environment, The Human Environment, The Built Environment and The Economic Environment.
  • Kids Count compares North Carolina (ranked 35th in the country from the latest statistics) to the United States as a whole on a wide range of issues affecting children - review their profile of the status of children NC here. View their whole report here. 

Connect with government

Direct links to Federal, State and Local officials: