March 2021
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Tools, Reports, and Resources

SOCIALLY CONNECTED COMMUNITIES:
SOLUTIONS TO SOCIAL ISOLATION  REPORT
Healthy Places by Design has just released a new report - Socially Connected Communities: Solutions to Social Isolation - that describes how social isolation is not a personal choice or individual problem, but one that is rooted in community design, social norms, and systemic injustices. The report outlines five recommendations to redesign communities in ways that foster meaningful social connections, rebuild broken trust, and create a sense of belonging - starting with housing, transportation, and public spaces. Use this report to guide community-based solutions to social isolation. Learn more.

ALIGNING SYSTEMS WITH COMMUNITIES TO ADVANCE EQUITY THROUGH SHARED MEASUREMENT  REPORT
American Institutes for Research, with funding from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, developed five guiding principles to advance equity through shared measurement. Using a common set of measurable goals that reflect shared priorities across systems and communities can help align decisions, policies, and practices and achieve more equitable health and well-being outcomes. Use these guiding principles in your work to advance equity. Learn more.
EQUITY GUIDE FOR NONPROFIT TECHNOLOGY GUIDE
The guide is a resource to help nonprofits evaluate equity in their technology policies and practices and guide equitable technology decision-making and investment. The guide is divided into three sections 1) using technology within nonprofits to further equity for staff and communities, 2) funding nonprofit technology to ensure successful, sustainable projects and encourage bold experimentation, and 3) creating and implementing technology for nonprofits that disrupts the nonprofit corporate model and recognizes the nonprofit sector’s uniqueness. Use this guide to further equity in your nonprofit organization. Learn more.
HEALTH EQUITY AND ANTI-RACISM RESOURCE GUIDE  GUIDE
Health Leads has developed this guide to uplift untold narratives. This resource guide is a curated document of resources to support an anti-racism journey. Explore this guide for recommendations on books, media, new perspectives, and websites that can be a resource for your work and personal journey. Learn more. 
INVESTING IN COMMUNITY HEALTH: A HOSPITAL TOOLKIT TOOLKIT
The Center for Community Investment and the Catholic Health Association has developed this toolkit to encourage hospitals in their efforts to support communities and increase their impact on community health. Topics in the toolkit include distinguishing between financial contributions and investment strategies, understanding the value of investment strategies for addressing the social determinants of health, and creating an action plan for mobilizing investment capital and other assets to improve community health. Delve into this toolkit to learn strategies for improving the health of communities through investment and partnership. Learn more.
THRIVING TOGETHER: A SPRINGBOARD FOR EQUITABLE RECOVERY & RESILIENCE IN COMMUNITIES ACROSS AMERICA  GUIDE
The guide is a practical resource to help communities secure the vital conditions that all people and places need to thrive: a robust natural world, basic needs for health and safety, humane housing, meaningful work and wealth, lifelong learning, reliable transportation, and civic-mindedness. Discover a diverse set of resources, tools, stories, perspectives, policies, and guides to move toward the goal of equitable well-being. Learn more.

Upcoming Events

BUILDING RACIAL EQUITY: LEVEL 1 (Virtual) 
February and June - 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.  

TRACKING MEASURABLE OUTCOMES FOR COMMUNITY HEALTH: USING CLEAR IMPACT SCORECARD (Virtual)
March 10, 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.  

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 structural racism and ways of dismantling it in our schools. Participate in the conference to increase your skills in dismantling structural racism in schools.   


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
 
LEARNING ABOUT LEARNING: LESSONS ON EFFECTIVE KNOWLEDGE NETWORKS TO SUPPORT PANDEMIC RESPONSE

In the article by The Institute for Healthcare Improvement, the authors describe 12 promising practices to advance learning networks. Resources, perspectives, and stories are identified to support the practices and expand continued learning. Read the article to join the conversation on accelerating learning networks. Learn more.


Funding & Leveraging Opportunities

*NEW*

KATE B. REYNOLDS CHARITABLE TRUST
Call by Deadline: March 30, 2021
Application Deadline: April 20, 2021

The Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust has five funding opportunities available: 1) Addressing Childhood Trauma in Nash/Edgecombe and the Southeast, 2) Decreasing Substance Misuse and Overdose Deaths in Beaufort County, 3) Helping Immigrant Families Respond to COVID-19 Pandemic, 4) Planning and Capacity Building to Close Racial Disparities in Birth Outcomes, and 5) Responding to COVID in Forsyth County. Learn more.
EASTERN NC ENTREPRENEURIAL PROMISE
Applications Available: March and April 2021

NCIFund and the National Institute of Minority Economic Development are launching The Eastern NC Entrepreneurial Promise (ENCEP), a virtual regional incubator for diverse companies in under-resourced counties of eastern North Carolina. ENCEP will deliver high quality, intensive support to 15 companies through a series of workshops, mentorship, peer networking, and 1:1 coaching. Learn more.
WHOLE KIDS FOUNDATION SCHOOL GARDEN GRANT PROGRAM
Application Deadline: March 31, 2021

The funding opportunity supports new or existing edible gardens at K-12 schools and nonprofit organizations. 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.
*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.

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.
Other News

Blue Cross NC Foundation Welcomes New Program Officer, Elevating Equity and Community Voice

Marquita Mbonu joined the Blue Cross NC Foundation team as a program officer in March. In this role, Marquita will work across the Foundation's focus areas in support of its commitment to elevate equity and engage community voice. Marquita comes to the Foundation from the City of Raleigh’s Office of Equity and Inclusion. More about Marquita.
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