About Us

The State of Franklin Health Council, Inc. is a private non-profit corporation that began operation in 1966 as an area-wide comprehensive health planning agency and over the years developed a deepening concern for the problems of the aging and low-income population of the area which today is still seeking to meet the special needs of the residents of Swain and surrounding counties.

Responsibility for establishing agency policy rests with the Board of Directors. Daily operations of the State of Franklin are conducted by the Executive Director, Department Heads, and other staff members.

The Senior AIDES Project began in 1972 and is today providing part-time employment to 178 people, 55 years of age or older who meet certain income requirements. These people work in the 16 westernmost counties of N.C. and are assigned to public and private non-profit agencies where they work under the immediate supervision of host agency staff members. Senior AIDES work in daycare centers, recycling centers, visitor centers, nutrition sites, public libraries, senior centers, health departments, employment security commission, social service departments, U.S. National Forests, NC State Forests, Job Corps. etc. The funding for this program comes from Title V of the Older Americans Act through the U.S. Department of Labor's Senior Community Service Employment Program.

As in other counties in N.C., the Swain County Focal Point on Aging, Inc. is organized to serve the interests of and meet the needs of the aging through services such as information and referral, advocacy, congregate nutrition, home-delivered meals, health promotion, Project CARE, Senior games, etc.

Swain Public Transit came into being in 1995 with the advent of the Community Transportation Program through the N.C. Department of Transportation. Until that time transportation was done through the Focal Point on Aging and was primarily a service for the elderly. At present, the transit service contracts with 22 agencies and is the primary transportation provider within Swain County. It also operates rural general public routes to education and employment sites.
State of Franklin Health Council
125 Brendle St
Bryson City, NC 28713