Care Share partners with community residents, community organizations, and state and national networks to address root causes of health inequities. We work to elevate community voice to improve conditions, practices, policies, and systems for health and well-being.
The Community Centered Health model supports collaborations between clinical and community organizations to better understand and act on non-medical drivers of health, commonly known as social determinants. Community Centered Health has three foundational principles: 1) Community members as leaders and partners. 2) Community-level changes in policies, systems, and environments. 3) Clinical shifts prioritize creating health.
Our Work with Community Centered Health
Neighbors are actively leading work to advocate for their neighborhood to create healthier and more affordable housing conditions. The mission of Collaborative Cottage Grove: We are here to come together with and for the entire community. To educate and nourish our community members. To motivate, encourage positive events and programs that will benefit ALL who want to make a change for the better within the Cottage Grove neighborhood.
Care Share and Collaborative Cottage Grove have partnered to develop a sustainability plan, co-create partnership agreements, and build opportunities within Medicaid Transformation
Healthier Highland is a community led collaboration between a historically African-American neighborhood, the FQHC, health department, hospital, the City of Gastonia, agriculture extension, the neighborhood association, and several community partners. The initiative (founded in 2014) aims to reduce health disparities related to obesity among Highland Neighborhood residents by building a culture of healthy eating and active living, reinforcing networks of social support, shaping community development projects, and supporting clinical changes within the Highland Health Center
Aligning Systems for Health: Community-led Collaboration Advancing Health Equity project is co-led by Care Share Health Alliance and Healthier Highland. The goal of the project is to explore how strong community engagement can positively change health systems, practices, and utilization. Together we will capture the experience of Healthier Highland that relied on authentic community engagement to form a multi-stakeholder collaborative working to reduce health disparities related to obesity.
Community Food Strategies works to inspire connections and amplify collective action so that community voices are heard and food policy shifts toward more equitable outcomes. The ultimate purpose is to help build an equitable, community driven food system that improves the quality of life for all people.
Care Share is a team partner of the initiative. Community Food Strategies is led by the Center for Environmental Farming Systems. Team partners include Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture Project, Carolina Farm Stewardship Association, Committee on Racial Equity in the Food System, Seeds of Change, The Food Bank of Eastern and Central North Carolina, and the NC Rural Center.