February 2021
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Tools, Reports, and Resources

AN ADA HEALTH POLICY INSTITUTE ANALYSIS FOR THE NORTH CAROLINA DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES, DIVISION OF HEALTH BENEFITS REPORT

This report is a study of access for North Carolinians with Medicaid dental coverage. The report provides background on dental care reform in North Carolina, key findings of the analysis, geographic access to dental care, information on appointment availability, and projected supply of dentists. Explore the report to learn about oral health in North Carolina and engage in building an improved oral health system for the state.


OPPORUNITIES TO INFORM A BUSINESS CASE FOR UPSTREAM, EQUITABLE, AND COMMUNITY-CENTERED PREVENTION WHITE PAPER

This white paper draws from Health Leads key learnings from collaborative and community information exchange projects. The paper offers a starting point to address power imbalances in health care payment structures; build more equitable community centered reimbursement, funding, and incentive systems; and shift resources to upstream preventive interventions. Read the paper to learn strategies to redesign systems to improve health for communities. Learn more.


Upcoming Events

BUILDING RACIAL EQUITY: LEVEL 1 (Virtual) 
February and March - Various Dates | Learn More
 
Race Forward’s Building Racial Equity series is a collection of interactive trainings for those who wish to sharpen their skills and strategies to address structural racism and advance racial equity. Participate in the training to learn ways to challenge and change institutional racial inequities.  

NC RURAL CENTER'S 2021 RURAL SUMMIT (Virtual) 
March 15-17, 2021 | Learn More
 
The Rural Summit will highlight a number of public policy issues and priorities affecting North Carolina’s rural people and places, with a special focus on entrepreneurship and small-business development. Additional policy issues to be discussed include: broadband, health care, social determinants of health, water and wastewater infrastructure, regional collaboration, racial equity, and communities mobilizing for change. Participate in the summit to be informed and take action on policies in your community and state.  

LET'S TALK RACISM CONFERENCE: BECOMING ANTI-RACIST EDUCATORS (Virtual) 
March 19-20, 2021 | Learn More
 
The purpose of this event is to give K-12 educators and pre-service teachers an opportunity to engage in sessions centered on the impact of systemic racism and ways of dismantling it in our schools. Participate in the conference to increase your skills in dismantling systemic racism in schools.   

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
 
HIGHLAND SHOWS UP, SPEAKS UP, STEPS UP ALIGNING SYSTEMS FOR HEALTH: COMMUNITY-LED COLLABORATION ADVANCING HEALTH EQUITY

The report evaluates Healthier Highland’s multi-sector collaboration and seeks to capture and learn about the accomplishments and learnings focusing on how authentic community engagement is essential to impacting systems and reducing health disparities. Healthier Highland is a Community-Centered Health initiative founded in 2014. The initiative is a community-led collaboration between a historically African-American neighborhood, the FQHC, health department, hospital, the City of Gastonia, agriculture extension, the neighborhood association, and several community partners.

In this report, learn about key factors that supported community engagement; perspectives from the community partners on current engagement, processes, and outcomes; and recommendations for community and resident-led engagement in aligning systems for health. Read the article to learn strategies and perspectives for community-based solutions to health and equity. Learn more.

Funding & Leveraging Opportunities

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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.
FARMERS OF COLOR NETWORK INFRASTRUCTURE FUND
Application Deadline: February 12, 2021

The program provides grants of up to $10,000 to farmers for projects to increase farm viability, support farmers’ local food economies, and preserve traditional farming practices. 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.
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SUPPORTING GRASSROOTS EFFORTS TO PROMOTE EQUITABLE EARLY CHILDHOOD OUTCOMES (RFP)
Application Deadline: February 5, 2021

The Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina Foundation and the Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust are collaborating on an RFP for grants to advance local- and state-level early childhood system and policy changes. The RFP was released the first week of January for three-year $100,000/year grants to advance early childhood policies, practices, institutions, and early childhood systems.  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.

RACIAL EQUITY 2030
Application Deadline: February 25, 2021

Racial Equity 2030 is a global challenge in honor of the W.K. Kellogg Foundation’s 90th anniversary. It is a call for bold solutions to drive an equitable future for children, their families, and communities. This $90 million challenge seeks ideas from anywhere in the world and will scale them over the next decade to transform the systems and institutions that uphold inequity. Solutions may tackle the social, economic, political, or institutional inequities we see today. Learn more.



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