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Obesity, Diabetes and Children are Top Concerns for the Cove

Community Needs Assessments Help Direct Services Where They Are Needed

One out of every five residents in Blair County and Bedford County is over the age of 65. Broadband infrastructure is improving, but many still don’t have reliable access. Food and nutrition insecurity is a growing concern, and obesity, diabetes, and access to mental health resources top the list of things people here worry about.

That’s based on the raw, untouched snapshots taken by the 2021 Community Needs Assessment in each county.

It doesn’t mean that life here is bleak. Quite the contrary, as many who filled out the CNA survey praised the abundance of compassionate volunteers and service...


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