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Is North Carolina Missing an Opportunity on Home-Based Child Care?

Home-based child care is a vital source of child care at a time when North Carolina families urgently need it.

Too many children haven’t had regular, or even any, experience with oral health care. School-based programs are working to change this.

Healthy Food Prescription Programs – features partnerships between community-based organizations and the health care sector that leverage the inextricable links between food, nutrition, and health. In these programs, health care providers assess patients for diet-related conditions and/or food insecurity.

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.