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Community Resource Directory now available

BOONE-Appalachian State University’s Institute for Health and Human Services, which is located within the College of Health Sciences, has launched the High Country Community Resource Directory.  The public is encouraged to use the directory and contribute to its information.

The Community Resource Directory is a free online database of health and human service providers in Watauga, Ashe and Avery counties.  The directory includes information about services provided, website location and contact information, fees and charges, location, languages spoken and other information for the public.  It is available at http://www.ihhs.appstate.edu/directory.

“The directory has more than 420 service providers, which is astounding for a geographic area of this size.  We have people who do incredible work in Ashe, Avery and Watauga counties,” said Mary Sheryl Horine, interim director of the Institute of Health and Human Services.  “It’s amazing the community spirit people share in this area.  The Community Resource Directory is a simple concept that many people feel is greatly needed in the community.”

Provider categories include adoption/foster parenting; after school programs; alcohol/substance abuse; children, family and youth services; counseling; developmental disability and special needs; disaster relief and first aid training; domestic violence information and support; education/employment and training; family planning; financial and in-kind assistance; food assistance; health-related services and agencies; housing assistance and emergency shelter; literacy; maternal and prenatal services;  senior services; support groups; transportation; United Way; and volunteer opportunities.

The Institute of Health and Human Services provides research, clinical services, and training programs in the health and human services disciplines. Since its formation in 2005, the institute has enabled Appalachian to effectively utilize health and human service resources unique to the academy to enrich the lives of North Carolinians and their communities. Fundamental to this vision is the commitment to interdisciplinary responses to the needs of students, faculty, and residents of the region, and collaboration with regional service providers.

If you are a service provider and would like to add your organization to the directory, or if you would like more information, contact Horine at horinems@appstate.edu or visit http://www.ihhs.appstate.edu/directory.

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