Health Care

Kaiser Family Foundation is a great website for in-depth information on key health policy issues including Medicaid, Medicare, health reform, global health, and the Affordable Care Act.  For many, it is the “go-to” site for that information.

Key Allies

Pisgah Legal Services helps people apply for and obtain necessary health benefits including health insurance, Medicaid, and Health Choice for children.  PLS also advocates for health care reform, and works with medical professionals to identify legal issues affecting patients’ health.

Get involvedContact Contact Jodi Ford at or call (828) 210-3474.


NAMI Western Carolina is an affiliate of the National Alliance on Mental Illness, the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to improving the lives of individuals and families affected by mental health issues. NAMI WC is an all volunteer organization whose members either live with mental health issues or care about people with mental health issues. Mental illness should not be an obstacle to a full, meaningful life. The purpose of NAMI WC is support, education, and advocacy.

Get involved: Paulette Heck, or call (828) 505-7353.


WNC AIDS Project is “dedicated to preventing new cases of HIV/AIDS and promoting self-sufficiency in people living with HIV.  WNCAP provides HIV-related client support, prevention, education and advocacy activities guided by the belief that all people are entitled to equal access to health care and disease prevention.”

Get involved: For more information, contact Chris Winebrenner – Community Resource Coordinator at (828) 252-7489, ext. 315.


Planned Parenthood’s local office is at 68 McDowell and provides services to women, men and teens  for many health care needs. They offer a variety of ways you can support women’s health through this webpage on their website. Other ways you can support this organization’s effort to provide health care can be found on this page.

Get involved: Contact Community Educator, Caitlan Wyatt. Her number is (864) 593-6168 or email


The North Carolina Council of Churches address health issues through its Partners in Health and Wholeness program. One of its components is addressing the Opioid Crisis.

Get Involved: Contact Elizabeth Brewington, Opioid Response Program Coordinator, at or Rev. Karen Richardson Dunn, WNC Regional Coordinator, for the Health and Wholeness program, at