November 4, 2020
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Tools, Reports & Resources
CRISIS, OPPORTUNITY, AND RESILIENCE IN NC’S LOCAL FOOD SYSTEM: A 2020 NC FARMERS MARKET SURVEY AND ACTION PROPOSAL REPORT

Community Food Lab released this report built on input from nearly half of the farmers markets in the state. The report seeks to expand understandings of what makes a market resilient and how markets can begin or continue working towards racial equity. The report provides a set of recommendations as well as areas for deeper study. The conclusions are designed to provide direction for all levels of farmers market management, coordination, and policy support. Explore this report to understand how the farmers market community can grow their impact as a part of a local food system. Learn more.

THE STATE OF RURAL HEALTH REPORT

Families USA released the State of Rural Health report. The report begins with rural Americans’ attitudes on their health and livelihoods. The second section of the report identifies the current demographics of rural America, health care and economic challenges faced by people who live in rural America, as well as COVID-19 impacts on rural communities. The final section of the report highlights key national policy recommendations that address rural America’s health. Read this report to learn ways to improve the health of rural communitiesLearn more.

HRSA 2019-2020 HEALTH EQUITY REPORT: SPECIAL FEATURE ON HOUSING AND HEALTH INEQUALITIES - REPORT

The Health Resources and Services Administration released the HRSA 2019-2020 Health Equity Report: Special Feature on Housing and Health Inequalities. The report indicates substantial progress has been made nationally for all Americans in vital indicators including life expectancy, cardiovascular disease, cancer, diabetes, and influenza and pneumonia; while health inequities between population groups and geographic areas continue. Read this report to build upon the mission to improve health outcomes and address health disparitiesLearn more.

KAISER PERMANENTE COVID-19 SOCIAL HEALTH PLAYBOOK - REPORT

The Kaiser Permanente COVID-19 Social Health Playbook provides care teams with guidance and tools for screening patients for social needs, connecting them to resources, and following up to ensure their needs are met. Use this playbook for guidance on assessing COVID-19 patients’ need for social resources. Learn more.
Upcoming Events

DISCUSSIONS ON RACISM AS A PUBLIC HEALTH CRISIS – RWJF COUNTY HEALTH RANKINGS AND ROADMAPS  
Multiple Dates | View Dates and Register
 
In this two-part discussion series, leaders will share and learn together how qualitative data can be used with local histories and contexts to identify ways in which racism is a public health crisis. In the second session, explore how communities have taken action to implement policies, strategies and actions that address racism as a public health crisis. There will be space to dialogue and share stories around experiencing oppression and racism and the change that resulted. Participate in these webinars to build your capacity to dismantle racism.
MEASURABLE EQUITY 2020: A VIRTUAL CONFERENCE TO ADVANCE RACIAL JUSTICE 
Multiple Dates | View Dates and Register

Clear Impact is hosting the conference to engage experts, practitioners, and facilitators in dialogue on the roles we play in equity, our communities, and our organizations. The conference will explore Results Based Accountability concepts and tools to improve performance and achieve equitable results. Participants will be able to choose sessions from economic mobility, public health, and children and families. Participate in this conference to enhance your skills, build your network, and gain new resources.

IHI FORUM AND IHI FORUM VIRTUAL
December 6-9, 2020 | Orlando, FL or Virtual | Register

The Foundation for Health Leadership & Innovation (FHLI) and the North Carolina Healthcare Association are hosting a webinar featuring new resources for conducting community health needs assessments, the introduction of a statewide public health technology platform, and the roll-out of FHLI's Results NC program. Participants will hear from hospital peers about the benefits of regional collaboration in conducting CHNAs across the footprint of a health system and have opportunities to share and ask questions related to experiences in their counties. Participate in this webinar to discover new resources for community health improvement work.
Featured Community-Centered Health Initiative
 
SPOTLIGHT ON NC COLLABORATIVE ON MEDICAID TRANSFORMATION

Care Share Health Alliance collaborates for health equity with a focus on coordinating health care resources to serve low-income and uninsured North Carolinians. Their initiative, the NC Collaborative on Medicaid Transformation, is part of their ongoing commitment to convene and educate stakeholders, and elevate the consumer's voice to ensure systems work for everyone. While the work as initially planned was paused due to the suspension of Medicaid Managed Care and the delay of Healthy Opportunities pilots, Care Share continues to utilize this network to support one another throughout COVID-19. Read this article to learn ways to engage in Medicaid Transformation. Learn more.
Funding & Leveraging Opportunities
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COMMUNITY IMPACT CONTRACTS
Application Deadline: November 13, 2020

The Community Impact Contracts (CIC) CIC-Cohort application site is now available. DASH will fund up to 10 $25,000 CIC-Cohort awards to multi-sector community collaborations working on data-sharing development with a specific lens on health equity or community-based social service capacity. Learn more.

ROBERT WOOD JOHNSON FOUNDATION - POLICIES FOR ACTION
Letter of Intent: November 24, 2020
Full Proposal Due: April 7, 2021

The goal of this Policies for Action (P4A) call for proposals (CFP) is to build the evidence base about how national, state, and local policies can decrease racial inequities in health and well-being in the United States. The research funded under this CFP must: (1) focus on studying the potential impact of a specific federal, state, or local policy; (2) be intentional about maintaining a focus on racial equity and racial justice in its processes and outcomes; (3) use principles of equitable evaluation; (4) incorporate meaningful and authentic community engagement into the work; and (5) advance community-driven solutions that come from the groups of people most directly impacted by structural racism. Applicants are encouraged, but are not required, to propose research that examines the impact of policy changes on health and well-being outcomes. Learn more.

Z SMITH REYNOLDS COMMUNITY PROGRESS FUND
Application Deadline: December 7, 2020

The Community Progress Fund is designed to provide an infusion of short-term funding at the right moment and is intended to build on existing momentum to help move an issue, idea, or organization forward. Learn more.

LEARNING AND ACTION IN POLICY AND PARTNERSHIPS
Application Deadline: December 16, 2020

Learning and Action in Policy and Partnerships (LAPP) will provide funding to community organizations who are partnered with their state government to advance community-led programs focused on data-sharing efforts to improve health, equity and well-being. The objective of LAPP is to facilitate aligned efforts among multi-sector community and state partners that will build a foundation for sustainable policy and systems change. The purpose is to build the capacity of their community’s data ecosystem to initiate, strengthen, and leverage relationships with the state government to improve health, well-being, and equity outcomes. 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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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.

RURAL HEALTH NETWORK DEVELOPMENT PLANNING PROGRAM
Application Deadline: November 16, 2020

The Rural Health Network Development Planning Program provides grants to promote the planning and development of integrated rural health care networks. Grantees may use funds to conduct planning activities that support achieving efficiencies, expanding health care services, and strengthening the rural health care system. Learn more.
Job Announcement

CARE SHARE HEALTH ALLIANCE SEEKS EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Care Share Health Alliance is hiring an Executive Director to continue leading the organization in its mission to collaborate for health equity. Learn more.
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