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Healthy Roanoke Valley


Healthy Roanoke Valley is a partnership of over 50 public and private organizations, academic institutions, community and government leaders who are working to improve the health of those living in the Roanoke Valley. Visit to learn more about our work.  

2015 Roanoke Valley Community Health Needs Assessment

The 2015 Roanoke Valley Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA) Final Report is now available!  


The last CHNA was conducted in 2012. Based on the findings in 2012, Carilion Clinic, United Way and Healthy Roanoke Valley partners have been working to improve access to healthcare services, better coordinate care and promote wellness in our communities over the past three years.


The 2015 Community Health Survey will be available through April 30, 2015 for all residents, 18 years of age and older, living in the cities of Roanoke and Salem, or the counties of Roanoke, Botetourt, and Craig. Our target population includes low-income individuals, uninsured or underinsured individuals, and those living with chronic illnesses.


Lend your voice and help address the health needs of the Roanoke Valley.  Fill out the survey now:

– Telephone, available in multiple languages: 1-888-964-6620
– Online:


The Partnership's Story

Healthy Roanoke Valley, a community driven initiative spearheaded by the United Way of Roanoke Valley, is focused on improving the health and wellness of all citizens in the Roanoke Valley.  In January 2012 a Community Health Assessment Team, led by Carilion Clinic, conducted the Roanoke Community Health Needs Assessment to assess the overall health of the Roanoke Valley and develop a plan to address the needs identified. The assessment studied the Roanoke Metropolitan Statistical Area, including the cities of Roanoke and Salem and the counties of Roanoke, Craig, Botetourt, Franklin and Roanoke.  Almost 4,000 Community Health Surveys were collected and focus groups were conducted with targeted populations living in medically underserved areas and with community health stakeholders and providers. 

The assessment identified three priorities areas that impact the overall health of the Roanoke Valley:

1.     Access to health services

2.     Coordination of care

3.     Wellness

To read the executive summary of the assessment click on the document below or click here for a printable pdf. To access the full and final report on the findings of the assessment please click here or here for a printable pdf. 

In October 2012, Healthy Roanoke Valley (HRV) was created in response to the Roanoke Community Health Needs Assessment.  It consists of many dedicated organizations and stakeholders who are working to create a shared vision and evidence-based strategies that tackle the issues plaguing the health of the Roanoke Valley. United Way of Roanoke Valley serves as HRV’s backbone in a neutral convening and supportive role (community agency).  For six months, a steering committee as well as five work groups - Access to Medical , Oral Health, and Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services; Coordination of Care; and Wellness – came together to move the initiative forward. These volunteers spent countless hours developing a strategic action plan that will address the health and wellness needs of the Roanoke Valley. 

Please take a look at Healthy Roanoke Valley’s Strategic Action Plan and join us on our mission!

Click on the images below for a printable PDF document. 





Thank you to our community partners:

Allstate Insurance Company
Anchor of Hope Community Center - High Street Baptist Church
Anthem (WellPoint)
Associates In Brief Therapy
Blue Ridge Behavioral Healthcare
Blue Ridge Independent Living Center
Boys & Girls Clubs of Southwest Virginia
Bradley Free Clinic
Carilion Clinic
CHIP of Roanoke Valley
City of Roanoke
Council of Community Services
Family Service of Roanoke Valley
Feeding America Southwest Virginia
Foundation for Roanoke Valley
Happy Healthy Cooks
Impact + Amplify
Jefferson College of Health Sciences
Kroger Mid-Atlantic
Lead Safe Roanoke
LewisGale Regional Health System
LOA Local Office on Aging
Loudon Avenue Christian Church
Mental Health America Roanoke Valley
New Horizons Healthcare
Norfolk Southern
Planned Parenthood Health Systems
Presbyterian Community Center
Project Access of the Roanoke Valley
Rescue Mission Ministries
Roanoke Alleghany Health District
Roanoke Valley Alleghany Regional Commission
Alleghany Roanoke City Health Districts
Roanoke College
Roanoke Natural Foods Co-op
Roanoke Redevelopment & Housing Authority
Roanoke Valley Healthcare Connection
Salem VA Medical Center
TAP Head Start
United Way of Roanoke Valley
Virginia Hardin
Virginia Cooperative Extension
Virginia Tech Translational Obesity Research
Virginia Western Community College - School of Dental Hygiene
YMCA of Roanoke Valley


Financial support provided by:






Healthy Roanoke Valley is activating its Strategic Action Plan and we need your help. Please consider joining our efforts and supporting our mission by Giving, Advocating, and Volunteering to improve the health of our community!  Join United Way, its donors and corporate partners in investing in the health of our community.  Visit to learn more about how the community is coming together to create lasting changes in the health of our residents.  For more information on how your United Way gifts are supporting HRV and partnering with others to meet health needs in the Roanoke Valley, visit  

Media Coverage:
Click here for WSLS10 coverage - part 1.

Click here for WSLS10 coverage - part 2.

Click here for The Roanoke Times coverage. 


For more information or to schedule an interview, contact: Lydia Merritt, United Way of Roanoke Valley Director of Marketing and Communications, at (540) 777-4205 or