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REPORT: Building Community-Centered Health

A new report provides insights for those interested or involved in multisector, community-based health interventions

North Carolina is one of the top agricultural states in our country, yet nourishing food is not universally accessible. The effects of food insecurity are far reaching with its links to decreased healthy food consumption, increased risk for diet-sensitive chronic disease, and increased health care costs.

To achieve good health, a person must first have a fair and just opportunity to be as healthy as possible, also known as health equity. But for many people living in North Carolina, this opportunity has been limited.

The lack of access to affordable, healthy, local food is an urgent issue for communities in North Carolina. This has been an issue for years, and the ongoing pandemic has pulled the curtain back more to reveal just how prevalent it is.

While this past year required that we continue to address the challenges that began in 2020, it was also an opportunity to advance toward a better future.

North Carolina child care providers are the “workforce behind the workforce.” Yet a new survey reveals the difficulty providers are having retaining staff.

West Marion Community Forum Executive Director, Paula Swepson, and Principal Consultant, Mary Snow, share lessons learned in partnering with community to build power and ignite change.

Meeting today’s challenges calls for thoughtful planning and a systems-focused approach that acknowledges inequities and prioritizes the needs of local communities.

The pandemic is reshaping the landscape of North Carolina in many ways. Our response, as well as that of philanthropy’s overall, must be both immediate and enduring.

Community stakeholders across the state working together to break down barriers to good health.