May 5, 2020

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NEWSLETTER HIGHLIGHTS:
COVID-19 Resources
FRAMING COVID-19: TALKING ABOUT WHAT COMES NEXT

The Frameworks Institute provides three ways to approach talking about the future to build public will moving forward. The strategies are to 1) respond to the moment, not take advantage of it; 2) respond with bold, collective actions; and 3) remember change is possible, necessary, and desirable. Each strategy is discussed, and examples are given to build your skill in framing the language to engage the public. Use this resource to re-envision and rebuild a world we all want to live in . Learn more.
LOCAL GOVERNMENT POLICIES TO SUPPORT FOOD ACCESS DURING THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC

Healthy Food Policy Project has developed an index of local government polices to support food access during the COVID-19 pandemic. It includes polices that accelerate, prioritize, or facilitate food access . Learn more.
PRESENCE TELEMEDICINE PLATFORM AVAILABLE FREE

NC Medical Society is offering a telemedicine platform, Presence, for free until COVID-19 abates. The Presence platform provides a central portal where patients can schedule a telemedicine visit with their provider. Patients can look up their provider by practice or provider name and are given a calendar of times that the physician has blocked off for telemedicine or phone-based appointments. Physicians will receive a notification of scheduled visits and access the Presence dashboard to initiate and manage the patient interactions. Learn more.
SOUTHERN VISION ALLIANCE: FRONTLINE LEADERS FUND COVID-19 COMMUNITY RESPONSE GRANTS

The grants are up to $500 to support neighborhood-based and local organizing efforts in response to COVID-19. Priority will be given to efforts led by workers, LGBTQ people, youth and students, Black people and people of color, rural communities, disabled people, migrants, and families.   Watch the video.
CAROLINA COMMUNITY TRACING COLLABORATIVE

The Carolina Community Tracing Collaborative - a partnership between Community Care of North Carolina (CCNC) and the North Carolina Area Health Education Centers - is hiring a Statewide Contact Tracing Team to support local health department's contact tracing efforts. CCNC is currently accepting applications and special consideration will be given to those who are unemployed, have community engagement experience, and live in the communities that they will serve.   Learn more.
Tools, Reports & Resources
AFFORDABLE AND HEALTHY HOUSING IN NORTH CAROLINA: CONTEXT AND OPPORTUNITIES FOR INNOVATION - REPORT

Financing practices, housing shortages, and population growth have led to a housing landscape that leaves many families housing burdened and/or in unsafe living conditions. This paper - funded by the Blue Cross NC Foundation - provides an overview of the current state of housing in North Carolina, barriers to healthy and affordable housing, and recommendations on the policy and practice changes that would improve health through housing . Learn more.
INVESTMENT VEHICLES FOR HOUSING IN NORTH CAROLINA -REPORT

The affordable housing asset class provides an opportunity for anchor institutions - hospitals, corporations, universities, and more - to invest in affordable housing, whether for social impact, financial return, or both. This paper - funded by the Blue Cross NC Foundation - provides a comprehensive report of the existing and emerging vehicles for investment in affordable housing in North Carolina . Learn more.
HEALTHY MOMS, HEALTHY BABIES: BUILDING A RISK-APPROPRIATE PERINATAL SYSTEM OF CARE FOR NORTH CAROLINA REPORT

NC Institute of Medicine has released a new report, Healthy Moms, Healthy Babies: Building a Risk-Appropriate Perinatal System of Care for North Carolina. The report provides recommendations for improving the health and well-being of mothers and infants in North Carolina. There is specific emphasis on strategies to improve outcomes for women and infants of color to address disparities and inequities . Learn more.
SELF-ORGANIZING IN MASS POPULAR MOVEMENTS TOOL

The Movement Net Lab has developed a tool to explain the phases of organizing. The tool can help plan, support, and experience organizing at its full potential. The tool provides a visual of each stage, a description, goal, examples, and infrastructure. Use this tool to support innovation and courageous action within the groups that you organize. Learn more.
UNDERSTAND AND USE DATA TO IMPROVE HEALTH LEARNING GUIDES TOOLKIT

Take a deep dive to learn how you can move with data to action in your community with three new data-focused Action Learning Guides from County Health Rankings. Each topic provides guidance, tools, hands-on practice, and reflection activities. Learn more.
Upcoming Events
May 14, 2020 from 12:30-2 PM EST | Session 5: Key Strategies to Refine Agendas
May 28, 2020 from 12:30-2 PM EST | Session 6: Focused Conversations: Decision-Making

Community Food Strategies is hosting a six-part webinar series on virtual facilitation. The webinars will provide strategies and tips for facilitating online meetings. Each session will feature different content and small group discussions.  Learn more.
May 7, 2020 from 2-4:30 PM EST | Webinar

The webinar is offered by Kim Roth Howe of CoCreative Labs and Eva Jo Meyers of Spark Decks. This session will focus on how to translate in-person processes and facilitation skills to online space,simple tools to support a range of activities, and best practices, tips, and resources for online engagement.  Learn more.
May 12, 2020 | Webinar

The webinar will highlight communities that have used County Health Rankings data, evidence, and guidance to support their work in improving health locally. Guests from three communities - Blair County, Pennsylvania; Greenville, South Carolina; and Jefferson County, Alabama - will share lessons learned about what is needed to create conditions for residents to live longer and healthier lives Learn more.
Featured Community-Centered Health Initiatives
The article describes the essential role of community health workers in fighting COVID-19 from a historic lens to present-day. Community health workers serve a variety of roles within the communities they serve. Learn about each role and specific examples to highlight each role. Community health workers are serving as advocates for people most impacted by inequities during the pandemic and beyond Learn more.
Several predominantly African American communities in Gastonia, North Carolina are receiving more COVID-19 tests in response to community concerns about the virus' impact on African Americans. Kintegra Health, a lead partner in the Blue Cross NC Foundation funded Community-Centered Health effort in Gastonia is partnering with city and county officials to enable mobile COVID-19 testing for at-risk residents Learn more.
Funding & Leveraging Opportunities

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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.

Application Deadline: May 11, 2020

The Fill the Gap Response Fund was developed to support individuals and communities disproportionately impacted by COVID-19. Priority will be given to applications that are consistent with the North Carolina Healthcare Foundation's mission: "to foster and accelerate the collective impact of hospitals, health systems, and community partners to improve the health of North Carolinians," support essential frontline workers, and/or support underserved populations. Grants will range from $25,000 to $150,000.  Learn more.

Application Deadline: May 26, 2020

The Farmers Market Promotion Program funds projects that develop, coordinate, and expand direct producer-to-consumer markets to help increase access to and availability of locally and regionally produced agricultural products, training, and technical assistance to domestic farmers markets, roadside stands, community-supported agriculture programs, agritourism activities, online sales or other direct producer-to-consumer market opportunities.  Learn more.

Application Deadline: May 26, 2020

The Local Food Promotion Program funds projects that develop, coordinate, and expand local and regional food business enterprises that engage as intermediaries in indirect producer to consumer marketing to help increase access to and availability of locally and regionally produced agricultural products. Grants can be used for the planning stages of establishing or expanding a local and regional food business enterprise or to improve or expand a food business that supports locally and regionally produced agricultural products and food system infrastructure. The program includes feasibility studies, market research, and training and technical assistance for the business enterprise and/or for producers working with the business enterprise.  Learn more.

Application Deadline: May 26, 2020

The Regional Food System Partnerships program supports partnerships that connect public and private resources to plan and develop local or regional food systems. The effort is focused on building and strengthening local or regional food economy viability and resilience by alleviating unnecessary administrative and technical barriers for participating partners.  Learn more.
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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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