July 7, 2020

As part of the Community-Centered Health initiative, the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina Foundation supports the development of a regular news and resource roundup.  If you do not want to receive this newsletter, you can change your subscription preferences by following the link at the end of this message.

Tools, Reports & Resources

This guide, developed by Change Lab Solutions, provides policymakers, advocates, and enforcement officials with the opportunity to explore the equity implications of traditional public health enforcement tools, and strategies to avoid unintended negative consequences when enforcing violations of the law. Best practices in design and development of enforcement provisions to help avoid inequitable impacts and promote community health are discussed. Use this guide to start discussions on equitable enforcement in your community. Learn more.

Developed by Race Forward, this is an eight-part video series that depicts how racism shows up in our lives across institutions and society. The series includes topics on the wealth gap, employment, housing discrimination, government surveillance, incarceration, drug arrests, immigration arrests, and infant mortality. View these videos to develop a deeper understanding of systemic racism. Learn more.

The Health Leads Workforce Training Guide assists teams in connecting people to essential resources. The training is designed for volunteers, community health workers, clinical staff, and social workers. The guide provides activities, discussion guides, and facilitation tips that will be helpful to any workforce providing navigation services to patients and their families. Use this training guide to support your teams in providing the critical role of connecting people to essential resources. Learn more.

The Carolina Farm Stewardship Association recently conducted a survey with farmers in North Carolina and South Carolina on the effects of COVID-19 on their farms. The results show that small- and mid-scale farms selling in local food markets are suffering greatly. Use this report to educate policymakers and your communities about the impacts of the pandemic on local, small farms. Learn more.
Upcoming Events
July 8, 2020 | 12-1 p.m. | Register
July 22, 2020 | 12-1 p.m. | Register

Carolina Farm Stewardship Association, Community Food Strategies, and Rural Advancement Foundation International - USA are hosting a webinar, "How to Host a Nonpartisan Virtual Candidates Forum." The webinar will provide tips and tools to help plan in-person or virtual events featuring local candidates running for elected office and/or a panel of experts. The webinar will provide tools to create in-person and virtual spaces that will allow guests to engage in productive discussion and debate, as well as to respond to questions from community about pertinent local food system issues. Participate in this webinar to learn tips and considerations for planning these types of events in virtual formats, how to keep candidate events nonpartisan, and how to create spaces that are inviting for community members and elected officials.
July 9, 2020 | 11 a.m. | Webinar

This webinar will inform, engage, and activate participants to engage with elected officials. Additionally, the webinar will provide the tools necessary to connect with elected leaders. This session will include real-world examples, talking points, and advice on the best ways to engage elected leaders in Raleigh and at home. Participate in this webinar to learn how you can be a part of the policy process.  Learn more.
July 10, 2020 | 1:30-3:00 p.m. | Webinar

This webinar will highlight the disproportionate and long-existing economic and health disparities among people who are housing insecure or experience homelessness. The webinar will highlight what is currently being done to protect this population during the COVID-19 pandemic and identify the long-term policy, systems, and environmental changes that are needed to advance health equity by effectively addressing housing insecurity and homelessness. Participate in this webinar to learn about opportunities to improve housing and homelessness in your community.  Learn more.
August 11-12, 2020 | Virtual Summit

The summit is designed for everyone who wants to address their local community's affordable housing crisis. The summit will share promising innovations, success stories, tools, and models that can be replicated in communities to provide affordable housing. Learn strategies for a comprehensive strategy to positively impact housing in your community.  Learn more.
September 15-17, 2020 | Online Workshop

The workshop will focus on how backbone teams can have different roles to support initiatives and help communities move forward during times of crisis and change. The workshop is designed for people who are in the beginning stages of their collective impact work. Participate in this workshop to engage in peer-to-peer learning and learn insights from those working in the collective impact field.  Learn more.
October 5-7, 2020 | Virtual Summit

The event will bring together people from health care and community and faith-based organizations, researchers, government leaders, educators, and business representatives to share best practices, offer community connections and resources, and engage in the crucial discussion of how to best address social determinants of health. Participate in this conference to strengthen your skills in cross-sector collaboration to achieve health equity.  Learn more.
Featured Community-Centered Health Initiatives
"As a bus rider with a background in public health, I knew the bus was a community asset. As a bus driver what I learned was the extent to which the bus knits together the social fabric of marginalized communities and has tremendous potential to promote health equity." 

This article, written by Philip Summers, explores how the transit system promotes health, builds community, and provides an opportunity for action and improvement of the system. In addition to the article, there are three podcasts and a video to complement. Read this article to get a new perspective on transportation and take action to support your local transit system Learn more.
Funding & Leveraging Opportunities


Application Deadline: July 31, 2020

The purpose of this funding opportunity is to identify an organization to re-imagine, lead, and manage the next two-year phase of the national RWJF Culture of Health Prize Learn more.

Application Deadline: August 28, 2020

The purpose of the grant is to implement and evaluate community interventions testing the impacts of (1) strategies to prevent COVID-19 transmission in health disparity populations and other vulnerable groups; and (2) interventions to address the adverse psychosocial, behavioral, and socioeconomic consequences of the pandemic on the health of these groups.  Learn more.

Application Deadline: September 3, 2020

The Rural Health Fellows Program's purpose is to educate and develop a community of rural health leaders. Participants will meet for leadership and advocacy training, participate in learning calls, and mentorship activities.  Learn more.

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.

Letters of Interest Due: July 10, 2020

An initiative of the USDA Rural Development, the Reinvestment Fund Healthy Food Financing Initiative goal is to support food retail and food enterprises working to improve access to healthy foods in underserved areas, to create and preserve quality jobs, and to revitalize low-income communities. Grants could assist projects with a variety of aspects of project development, renovation, and/or expansion. The funding is open to eligible for-profit, nonprofit, and cooperatively owned businesses, institutions of higher education, state and local governments, and tribal governments.  Learn more.
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