October 6, 2020
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Tools, Reports & Resources
ADVANCING RACIAL EQUITY WEBINAR SERIES + DISCUSSION GUIDE WEBINAR AND GUIDE

The American Public Health Association hosted a series of webinars on Advancing Racial Equity. In addition to the webinar series, there is a discussion guide to launch meaningful conversations about racism and racial equity. The discussion guide provides a link to the webinar, summary of the webinar, pre- and post-reflection questions, an activity, and resources. Explore this webinar series and discussion guide to engage in race equity conversations in your community. Learn more.

ADVANCING COMMUNITY HEALTH WORKER ENGAGEMENT IN COVID-19 RESPONSE STRATEGIES: A PLAYBOOK FOR LOCAL HEALTH DEPARTMENTS GUIDE

Families USA created a playbook for local health departments who want to strengthen their engagement of CHWs in their COVID-19 response efforts. The playbook includes a “Framework for Engagement” across several key areas, as well as a series of recommendations for making discrete improvements across those areas of engagement. Use this guide to support Community Health Workers in engagement strategies during the pandemicLearn more.

ADVOCACY RESOURCES FOR NONPROFITS - RESOURCE

The NC Center for Nonprofits updated their advocacy resources. Categories include advocating for mission, public policy advocacy and legislative lobbying, nonpartisan election related activities, and communications and media relations. Discover new resources to advance your advocacy skills and add to your advocacy toolboxLearn more.

ENGAGING PEOPLE WITH LIVED EXPERIENCE TOOLKIT - TOOLKIT

One of the most effective strategies to create lasting community transformation is to partner and collaborate with community members who have lived experience of a core issue and/or inequity. The toolkit provides an opportunity to plan and create opportunities for true co-design with people with lived experience. The toolkit shares strategies and resources that help create a strong team focused on shared purpose and goals, listening, valuing alternative perspectives and priorities, mutual support, and taking shared action. Use this toolkit to advance your community engagement work in a transformative way. Learn more.

LOCAL FOOD SYSTEMS RESPONSE TO COVID RESOURCE HUB RESOURCE

The Local Food System Response to COVID Resource Hub shares resources across the food system sectors. Resources include topics such as adopting new technology, new market channel innovations, policy education, food safety best practices and more. There are resources for researchers, producers, extension personnel, government officials, technical assistance providers, and consumers. Explore this resource hub to spark ideas and implement strategies to support your local food system. Learn more.

LESSONS FROM THE FIRST WAVE REPORT

All In: Data for Community Health released the publication to offer encouragement, insights, ideas, and examples to showcase how data can be used in times of crisis to provide equitable health solutions. Healthier Highland, a Community-Centered Health partner in North Carolina, is featured in the report. Read this article to learn how multi-sector relationships can support communities in working together quickly to respond to needs. Learn more.

STATE OF WORKING NC 2020: CURING WHAT AILS US REPORT

The report examines why many people of color, women, and the worst-paid North Carolinians are suffering the greatest harm during COVID-19. The report presents data about the current state of working in North Carolina amid the COVID-19 crisis, much of which reveals the widening fissures already running through our economy. Use this report to engage your community in dialogue about workforce inequities. Learn more.
Upcoming Events

NC RURAL CENTER COMMUNITY RESILIENCY WEBINAR SERIES  
Multiple Dates | View Dates and Register

In partnership with the North Carolina Office of Recovery and Resiliency, the NC Rural Center is hosting a series of webinars on community resilience to natural disasters. The webinar series will discuss key concepts and strategies on resilience; practices for inclusionary planning; and climatic and economic conditions to encourage the importance of resilience strategies for communities. Participate in these webinars to support your community in becoming more resilient during natural disasters.
IMPROVING EQUITY WITH THE RIGHT TOOLS WEBINAR 
October 20, 2020 | 1:00-2:30 p.m.Register

This webinar will highlight tools local governments can implement to address and improve internal and external inequities. Participants will gain a greater understanding of why equity tools are important, learn about the tools some local governments are using, and how to adapt them for implementation in their own organizations. Participate in this webinar to learn tools to shift decision making, policies, and procedures to encourage equity in your organization.

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 AFFORDABLE HOUSING FEATURING JOSIE WILLIAMS, GREENSBORO HOUSING COALITION

In the spotlight, Josie Williams, Executive Director of the Greensboro Housing Coalition, shares her experiences navigating the housing system, homelessness, and how she has committed her life to ensuring others don't experience the same fate. Learn about Greensboro Housing Coalition and initiatives to support affordable housing solutions, impacts of COVID-19 on housing, and strategies to support just, affordable housing in North Carolina. Read this article to build understanding and solutions for creating safe, equitable housing solutionsLearn more.
Funding & Leveraging Opportunities
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DOGWOOD HEALTH TRUST RACIAL EQUITY COMMUNITY GRANTS
Application Deadline: October 23, 2020

Dogwood Health Trust Racial Equity Community Grants are designed to infuse capital into historically underfunded organizations whose primary purpose is serving Black, Indigenous, and communities of color, and whose leadership is representative of the communities they serve. The goal is to support the work and leadership that is already taking place and help to solidify or expand that work. Grants of up to $25,000 from this fund may be used for immediate needs, program support, general operating support, or any other purposes organizations believe will best support their work and increase their impact. Learn more.

NC COLLABORATIVE FOR STRONG LATINX COMMUNITIES RFP
Application Deadline: October 29, 2020

The North Carolina Collaborative for Strong Latinx Communities grantmaking strategy aims to support Latinx-led organizations and networks working on building long-term power among the Latinx community in North Carolina. 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.

ANNIE'S GRANTS FOR GARDENS
Application Deadline: November 2, 2020

Annie's Grants for Gardens program offers funding for edible garden projects that help connect kids to nutritious food. Grants can be used to purchase gardening tools, seeds, or other needed supplies for new gardens or to support existing garden projects. 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.



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