April 2021
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Tools, Reports, and Resources

EQUITY IN OUR FOOD SYSTEM  Article and Interview Recording
The inequities that exist in our food system are unacceptable, and a failure to act now passes those health, economic, and environmental injustices onto future generations. This article discusses system transformations and provides tools, resources, and advice from experts on how to build a food system that promotes health and improved quality of life for all. Explore to learn strategies and resources for transformative change to improve outcomes of the food system. Learn more.
THE ROLE OF BUSINESS IN SUPPORTING BASIC NEEDS FOR HEALTH AND SAFETY: HEALTHY FOOD  Brief
This brief details how business can improve access to healthy and affordable food for employees, customers, and people and in the places where they operate. It includes internal and external policies and programs that promote equity in food access and address the legacy of racial, ethnic, and class inequality. Read the report for strategies to engage the business sector in food systems work in your community. Learn more.
PUTTING PEOPLE FIRST: REIMAGINING OUR ECONOMY Podcast
What would our economy look like if it put people before profits? This episode of the Radical Imagination podcast features Manuel Pastor and Saru Jayaraman on the fight for one fair wage and a solidarity economy. Listen to the podcast to learn about the concept of solidarity economy and a new economy that prioritizes the needs and interests of all people. Listen here.
PROGRAM SEEKS TO INCREASE THE NUMBER OF BLACK DOULAS IN NORTH CAROLINA  Article
The University of North Carolina seeks to boost the number of Black people working as doulas in North Carolina through a new program that will train 20 Black women within the Triangle area as birth doulas. Doulas are trained companions that provide emotional and physical support to people undergoing childbirth. Evidence suggests birth doulas may help combat some of the risk factors associated with death due to pregnancy-related complications. Read the article to learn more about the doula program as a way to reduce maternal mortality. Learn more.
GROUP WANTS TO MAKE SURE MINORITY COMMUNITIES NOT LEFT BEHIND IN VACCINE DISTRIBUTION   Article
The article features a COVID-19 Vaccine event hosted by the Western Carolina Medical Society. The event is part of a community push to distribute vaccines to communities that may not otherwise have access. Read the article to learn more about the event and how to host a similar event in your community.   Learn more.
Upcoming Events

COMMUNITY HEALTH WORKERS & PHARMACISTS: THEIR FRONTLINE ROLE IN THE RESPONSE TO COVID-19 (Virtual) 
April 8 | Learn More
 
Pharmacists and Community Health Workers (CHWs) are embedded in the community and part of the nation’s critical frontline workforce in the ongoing public health response to COVID-19. The webinar will discuss 1) The role of CHWs in the COVID-19 response and key strategies to build and support the workforce 2) A health plan’s partnership to strengthen the CHW infrastructure in communities and address health disparities 3) Pharmacies’ critical role in distributing the COVID-19 vaccine and their evolving role in public health and community engagement. Participate in the webinar for opportunities and strategies to support CHWs and pharmacists to strengthen their ability to improve public health and promote health equity.  

USING DISAGGREGATED DATA TO ADVANCE WORKFORCE EQUITY (Virtual) 
 
Join the National Equity Atlas team and partners at the National Fund for Workforce Solutions for a three-part webinar series on using disaggregated data to develop high-impact workforce strategies for racial equity. Participate in this webinar series to learn about tools and approaches to guide your work with examples from lessons from the field.

Part 1: Accessing & Exploring Relevant Data from the National Equity Atlas
-April 14- 
This session will focus on using the National Equity Atlas to access and understand deeply disaggregated data for your city, region, or state. Register.

Part 2: Analyzing Systemic Drivers of Inequity
-April 21-
The second session will equip attendees with strategies to analyze disaggregated data and identify the root causes of inequitable workforce outcomes. Register.

Part 3: Developing High-Impact Workforce Equity Strategies
-April 28-
Finally, the third session of this webinar series will feature lessons and tools developed through work with local leaders in the Advancing Workforce Equity project. Register.

TRACKING MEASURABLE OUTCOMES FOR COMMUNITY HEALTH: USING CLEAR IMPACT SCORECARD (Virtual)
June 9, September 8, December 8Learn More
 
The North Carolina Healthcare Association Foundation and the Foundation for Health Leadership & Innovation are hosting a webinar about the Clear Impact Scorecard and how this tool can be used to strengthen community health improvement efforts. Participate in the webinar to learn more about the Scorecard, how health organizations are currently using the Scorecard, and the connection with Healthy North Carolina 2030.  

21-DAY RACIAL EQUITY HABIT BUILDING CHALLENGE  (Virtual) 
April 5-25 | Learn More
 
The 21-Day Racial Equity Habit Building Challenge is an opportunity to learn with peers about dismantling racism. Tools, resources, and actions will be shared to support you in building the knowledge and skills to dismantle racism in your community.  Participate in the challenge to receive daily prompts and resources.   

CREATE GOOD CONFERENCE (Virtual) 
April 26-30, 2021 | Learn More

The Create Good Conference inspires nonprofit communicators with the newest tools and techniques. Learn tips and resources from communication experts from around the country to improve communications in your work and organization. Participate in the conference to strengthen your communication toolbox. 
Featured Community-Centered Health Initiative
 
PAYING COMMUNITY MEMBERS FOR THEIR TIME

Community voice and expertise is critical for success, impact, and equity. The article discusses the importance of compensating community residents for their time and contribution. Case study examples provide promising practices for paying community residents including setting clear expectations, recognizing the expertise of the community member, and honoring residents throughout the process by the ways they are informed and involved in the project. Are you engaging community members in your work? Are you considering compensating community members for their time? Read the article to learn from case studies promising practices for compensating community members for their time. Learn more.

Funding & Leveraging Opportunities

*NEW*

NATIONAL RECREATION AND PARK ASSOCIATION:
GRANT OPPORTUNITY FOR PARK ACCESS AND ENVIRONMENTAL RESILIENCE AND HEALTH 
Application Deadline: April 23

Funding will support projects that advance community-driven, systems-level strategies for equitable park access that improve the environmental resilience and health of communities. The grant program will support park and recreation professionals in partnership with leaders from community-based organizations. Projects should address system-wide park access planning, data collection/analysis, policies and/or capital improvements with a focus on creating climate-ready parks. Learn more.
*REMINDER*

NORTH CAROLINA HEALING COMMUNITIES FUND
Accepting Applications Beginning February 1, 2021 (Ongoing)

The North Carolina Community Foundation is seeking proposals from nonprofit organizations in North Carolina that have been impacted severely by COVID‐19 through revenue loss and increased demand. The NC Healing Communities Fund will support nonprofit organizations in marginalized communities that have been disproportionately affected by the virus and its economic impacts, and have been under-resourced by other sources of financial assistance. Learn more.

COMMUNITY FOOD PROJECTS COMPETITIVE GRANTS PROGRAM
Application Deadline: May 4, 2021

Community Food Projects are designed to increase food security in communities by bringing the whole food system together to assess strengths, establish linkages, and create systems that improve the self-reliance of community members over their food needs. There are two types of grants, Community Food Projects and Planning Projects. Learn more.

SYSTEMS FOR ACTION: SYSTEMS AND SERVICES RESEARCH TO BUILD A CULTURE OF HEALTH
Application Deadline: June 9, 2021

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation's Systems for Action program seeks proposals to measure the impact of collaborations across medical, social, and public health systems that allow organizations to equitably share in the costs and the benefits, and to share in the power and influence that govern these initiatives. Learn more.

ROBERT WOOD JOHNSON FOUNDATION: PIONEERING IDEAS: EXPLORING THE FUTURE TO BUILD A CULTURE OF HEALTH
Application Deadline: Open

The purpose of the funding opportunity is to influence health equity in the future through four areas of focus: Future of Evidence, Future of Social Interaction, Future of Food, and Future of Work. The Pioneering Ideas funding opportunity invites applicants to anticipate the future and support unconventional approaches and breakthrough ideas that can support a future where everyone in the United States can live their healthiest life possible. Learn more.

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