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Community Health Assessment – Knowledge of Resource Guide

In 2016, Alleghany/Covington Health Department and Virginia Tech partnered to develop the Community Health Assessment (CHA) and distributed the CHA/CHIP survey throughout the Alleghany Highlands. As the group intensified it became known as Live Well Alleghany Highlands.  After analyzing the data of over a thousand surveys, this group narrowed down to the results to three major focus areas:  Early Childhood Literacy, Substance Use and Knowledge of Resources.  Live Well Alleghany Highlands works to enhance the health and wellbeing of all who live, work and play in the Alleghany Highlands.  The committee is comprised of individuals representing local governments, non-profits, healthcare providers, colleges, school districts, faith-based groups, community organizations, businesses and community members.  Full article here.

In addition, the guide exists virtually for those that need immediate access at

The first printing and distribution of resource guides are depleting quickly and the committee is seeking donations for the second round of printing.  If interested in donating to this great cause, you may do so by contacting the Alleghany Highlands Chamber of Commerce & Tourism at 540.962.2178.

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Alleghany Highlands Community Health Assessment

The 2019 Alleghany/Covington Community Health Assessment (CHA) is a collaborative project that provides an overview of the health needs in Alleghany County and the City of Covington, Virginia. The goal of this project is to offer a meaningful understanding of health needs in the community, and drive an action plan to address prioritized needs. Special attention has been given to ensure that the work is representative of the community and identifies health disparities, the needs of vulnerable populations, and unmet health and human services needs and gaps.  The full document can be found here.

State and Federal Resources in Response to COVID-19 Crisis:

Governor Northam, Commonwealth of Virginia

U.S. Small Business Administration

Virginia Economic Developers Association (webinar every Monday for members, video posted here afterwards)

Virginia Chamber of Commerce

U.S. Chamber of Commerce

Department of Housing and Community Development

COVID-19 Resources

The Alleghany Highlands Chamber of Commerce along with the Alleghany Highlands Economic Development Corporation are here to help businesses through the COVID-19 crisis. We are compiling resources to help you maintain operations and access assistance. We are focused on preparation and sustainment, not panic. This site will be updated as resources become available and you can view it here.

Go Virginia Region 2

GO Virginia is a statewide initiative designed to encourage Virginia’s economic growth through the creation of high-wage jobs. GO Virginia Region 2 includes the cities of Covington, Lynchburg, Radford, Roanoke, and Salem; and the counties of Alleghany, Amherst, Appomattox, Bedford, Botetourt, Campbell, Craig, Floyd, Franklin, Giles, Montgomery, Pulaski, and Roanoke.  Video here.


An Airbnb Workshop was recently held on the DSLCC campus with Sandy Ratliff of Virginia Community Capital.  You can view that video here.

The Nuts and Bolts of Small Business Workshop was filmed at Dabney S. Lancaster Community College and hosted by the Alleghany Highlands Economic Development Corporation. Virginia Community Capital lead the conversation with guests from Sonabank, Small Business Administration, The Advancement Foundation, and U.S. Department of Agriculture and Rural Development.  Video Here.

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