June 9, 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.

NEWSLETTER HIGHLIGHTS:
COVID-19 Resources
NC ACADEMY OF FAMILY PHYSICIANS AND NC PEDIATRIC SOCIETY COVID-19 IMPACT SURVEY RESULTS

The survey provides information on trends in primary care throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. Five-hundred pediatricians and family physicians responded over a four-day period between April 30 and May 4. The results indicate that primary care physicians are in financial trouble. Additionally, supports such as personal protective equipment (PPE), promotion of regular preventive visits, and telehealth policies all remain a need. Read the results to learn about the impacts of COVID-19 on the medical community in North Carolina. Learn more.
CONVERSATION AND ACTION GUIDE TO SUPPORT STAFF WELL-BEING AND JOY IN WORK DURING AND AFTER THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC

The Institute for Healthcare Improvement developed the guide to support leaders address staff anxiety and stress through strategies to support well-being, communication, and joy. The guide provides conversation starters on 1) problem solving to ensure well-being and self-care, 2) unnecessary rules and building comprehensive systems, 3) creative solution building, and 4) healthy relationships and environment to alleviate stress. Use this guide to support a healthy work environment during COVID-19 . Learn more.
VIRTUAL LEARN HOUR SPECIAL SERIES: TELEMEDICINE: COVID-19 AND BEYOND

During COVID-19, telemedicine has a become a prominent platform to diagnose and monitor patients. In this webinar, health system leaders discuss the future of telemedicine and the expansion of telehealth as an opportunity to serve people and eliminate barriers to health care. Listen to this webinar to explore strategies for telehealth in your community. Learn more.
Tools, Reports & Resources
BUILDING A SUCCESSFUL PROGRAM FOR MEDI-CAL COVERAGE FOR DOULA CARE: FINDINGS FROM A SURVEY OF DOULAS IN CALIFORNIA - REPORT

Published by The National Health Law Program, the report is a compilation of information from doulas across California about their work and expertise. The report provides recommendations for creating an equitable program for coverage of doula care in California. The goal of the report is to expand access to doula care in California and across the nation. The recommendations are specific to California, but can be modified for other states across the country. Doulas, advocates, and health organizations can use this report to spark ideas in their communities . Learn more.
DOULA FACTSHEETS FACTSHEET

The National Health Law Program has published an assortment of one-page fact sheets to introduce the important work of doulas. Factsheets include: What is a Doula, How Can Doulas Help Address Racial Disparities in Care, Doulas Deserve a Living Wage, and Recommendations from the Doula Report Use these factsheets to engage your community in developing a doula program.
DIGITAL PROSPERITY: HOW BROADBAND CAN DELIVER HEALTH AND EQUITY TO ALL COMMUNITIES ARTICLE

Broadband is essential infrastructure in the United States; however, millions of people do not have access to broadband. The gaps are especially wide among rural, low income, and households of color. The article provides strategies to encourage decision makers and community members to address barriers to broadband access. Read this article to become an advocate for equitable broadband infrastructure in North Carolina. Learn more.
OUR FOOD SYSTEM IS VERY MUCH MODELED ON PLANTATION ECONOMICS: COUNTERSPIN INTERVIEW WITH RICARDO SALVADOR ON THE CORONAVIRUS FOOD CRISIS PODCAST

In this interview, Ricardo Salvador - a senior scientist and the director of the Food and Environment program at the Union of Concerned Scientists - describes the food system and how the structure creates inequities and exploits farmers and workers within the system. Strategies to reform the food system are also provided. Listen to this interview to be informed about our food system and empowered to advocate for policies to create a more just, equitable food system. Learn more.
SOLUTIONS FOR SOCIAL ISOLATION WEBINAR RECORDING

The Reimagined in America Series by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation provided the webinar, Solutions for Social Isolation. In this episode, health professionals discuss strategies to increase meaningful social connections to improve health and well-beingWatch this webinar to support your community members who are facing social isolation especially during the time of COVID-19. Learn more.
Upcoming Events
August 11-12, 2020 | Virtual Summit

The summit is designed for those who want to address their community's affordable housing crisis. The summit will share innovations, success stories, tools, and models that can be replicated in your community to provide affordable housing. Learn strategies for a comprehensive strategy to positively impact housing in your community.  Learn more.
October 4-6, 2020 | Kansas City, MO

The event will bring together people from health care, community and faith-based organizations, researchers, government leaders, educators, and businesses to share best practices, offer community connections and resources, and engage in the crucial discussion of how to best address the 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
One in seven people in North Carolina struggle with hunger. The podcast series Voices of Hunger in North Carolina, hosted by the North Carolina Alliance for Health, MomsRising, and MAZON, amplifies the voices of people and highlights organizations addressing hunger and poverty. The podcast provides information about food insecurity and offers tools and strategies to become advocates for food security. Mostly recently, Voices of Hunger shares a three-part series on the Greater High Point Food Alliance pre- and post-COVID-19 addressing hunger and developing a more just and sustainable food system. Listen to this series and check out others in Voices of Hunger to build collective power to end hunger Learn more.
Funding & Leveraging Opportunities

*NEW POSTS*

Application Deadline: July 6, 2020

The purpose of Planning Projects is to support the development of projects that will initiate, build upon, or expand the efforts of farmers, gardeners, citizens, government officials, schools, and other stakeholders in urban areas and suburbs. The purpose of Implementation Projects is to accelerate existing and emerging models of urban, indoor, and other agricultural practices that serve multiple farmers or gardeners. The funding opportunity has been made available by the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Natural Resources Conservation Service 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.

*REMINDER*
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.
Related News


While we stay at home, households across the nation continue to fill out the 2020 Census. Data collected in the decennial Census guides the allocation of more than $675 billion in annual federal funds - including $16.29 billion in North Carolina - to support vital programs in communities impacting housing, education, transportation, health care, and more. Likewise, an accurate count ensures there is valid data to determine Congressional representation, economic development opportunities, and drives local decisions that support the health and well-being of North Carolinians . You can still complete your census form today by mail, phone, or online.  Learn more.
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