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Since 1997, PATH (Partners Aligned Toward Health), formerly known as Graham Children’s Health Services, has implemented initiatives to improve the health of children and families in Mitchell and Yancey Counties. Every single one of our programs is a collaborative effort with community members and stakeholders to improve the health of our community as a whole.

Our first project was the coalition that established the Toe River Children’s Dental Clinic in 1997 and 1998. Children’s dental health was the number one community health priority at the time. As sedentary lifestyle, obesity, and related diseases have risen to the forefront of local public health concerns, we have risen to the challenge. We were instrumental in the contruction of Kid Mountain Playground, the renovation of Ray Cort Park, and have developed a summer food program that delivers healthy, locally-grown food to families in need with children. In 2009 we formed the Mitchell Yancey Substance Abuse Task Force to combat substance abuse and addiction, which has become a prominent health priority in our area.

In 2017, we changed our name to PATH to better reflect who we are, what we do, and how we do it. While PATH is an acronym, the name PATH itself is a message. It communicates the idea of bringing together partners who are all on the same journey toward the goal of vibrant communities of active, healthy children and families.

As we expand our efforts and adapt to new challenges, we remain firm in our grassroots connections to our local partners and the community we serve.

our past…

our future…

We are honored to have been named the 2015 Public Health Partner of the Year by the NC Association of Public Health Directors. In 2016 we were chosen as the Yancey County Chamber of Commerce Member of the Year.

board of directors


Ron Powell Chair
Burnsville Town Council member

Susan Martin Vice Chair
Community Volunteer

Oscar Weinmeister  Treasurer/Secretary Consultant

Lee Sease Treas./Sec. Elect
Retired school Superintendent

Diane Creek
Health Director – Toe River Health District

Xan Robinson
Yancey County Schools

Rick Tipton
Director – Yancey County Dept. of Social Services

Jill Austin
Yancey County Commissioner

Dr. Allison Sharp
Physician – Mission Health

Dr. Chad Smoker
Physician – Private Practice

Brad Carey
School Guidance Counselor – East Yancey Middle School

Lynda Kinnane
PATH Founding Board member

Dan Graham
Retired School Guidance Counselor, Community Volunteer

Julia Norris
Retired school administrator, Community Volunteer

Stacey McEntyre-Green
Yancey County Schools

Barbara Bradley
Community Volunteer

Bryan McClure
MAHEC – Mountain Area Health Education Center


Schell McCall
Executive Director

Molly McCabe
Director of Finance and Development


Nancy Lindeman
Donor Development

Jeff Spargo
Mitchell Yancey Substance Abuse Task Force Coordinator