The report evaluates Healthier Highland’s multi-sector collaboration and seeks to capture and learn about the accomplishments and learnings focusing on how authentic community engagement is essential to impacting systems and reducing health disparities. Healthier Highland is a Community Centered Health initiative founded in 2014. The initiative 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. Healthier Highland 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. In this report, learn about key factors that supported community engagement; perspectives from the community partners on current engagement, processes, and outcomes; and recommendations for community and resident led engagement in aligning systems for health. Read the article to learn strategies and perspectives for community-based solutions to health and equity.
In addition to the brief, Carolina Health Net provided the tips for using zooms as a resource for this brief.
Helpful Tips for Using Zoom.Participants
The Institute of Healthcare Improvement has hosted a virtual learning hour: Telemedicine: COVID 19 and Beyond.
Description of the virtual learning: During the COVID-19 pandemic, health care professionals have turned to telemedicine to remotely diagnose and monitor patients with suspected coronavirus infection, stay in touch with patients with COVID-19 symptoms that can be managed at home, and triage patients with more typical health issues. This Virtual Learning Hour explores what this means for the future of telemedicine once the pandemic subsides, and how the expanded use of telehealth is spreading critical COVID-19 knowledge and effective medical interventions to clinicians around the world.
The NC Justice Center has developed a fact sheet on Know Your Rights: Unemployment and COVID -19.
The article from WRAL provides a list of resources to help seniors get food and prescriptions during the challenging times we are facing with COVID-19.
Here is the link to the article.
Communities WIN A Community Guide for Dialogue + Action was developed by Community Initiatives and Institute for People, Place and Possibility for Well Being in the Nation (WIN) Network with support from Well Being Trust. The guide provides tools for authentic conversations in communities to promote well-being.
The MANNA FoodBank Programs team has been working with partners across WNC to integrate screening for food insecurity into the clinical setting. This model has proven effective at identifying patients in need and linking them to helpful and appropriate resources. The presentation will provide information on the screening and referral process, including MANNA’s collaboration with Mission Health Partners to exchange patient name and contact information in compliance with HIPAA and other regulations.
In recent years, food councils in North Carolina have hosted candidates forums with key policy makers to both educate them on their communities’ food system needs and to connect citizens directly with their law makers. Join members of the Community Food Strategies team as we walk you through the steps outlined in our Candidates Forum Toolkit that explain how to successfully organize a candidates forum. Based on our own work with food councils and policy makers, we will share tips on candidates forum planning, logistics, and promotion. Participants will leave with the tools and confidence to organize their very own candidates forums in their communities.
The Montgomery/Richmond Healthy People, Healthy Carolinas collaboration was the first in the United States to implement “The Daily Mile,” an evidence-based intervention initially piloted in Scotland and England. On this webinar, Roxanne Elliott, with FirstHealth of the Carolinas will share the importance of collaboration, implementation strategies for launching this intervention in the United States and lessons learned. She will also highlight some Bright Spots and unexpected outcomes
Many communities across the Carolinas have had success in creating built environments that promote active lifestyles, and in doing so have seen economic and fiscal benefits. In this webinar, we highlight four communities across the Carolinas that have invested in trails, sidewalks, and other bike- and pedestrian-friendly improvements and have seen economic benefits (e.g., increased tourism, higher property values, more businesses downtown, etc.). These efforts can serve as models of success for other communities in North and South Carolina, and are important steps in both the prevention of overweight and obesity and the economic future of our states.
Since 2005, the City of Spartanburg has made numerous investments in becoming more pedestrian and bike friendly, including widening sidewalks, creating new greenspaces, installing bike lanes, extending trails, and creating South Carolina’s first bike share systems, HubCycle and BCycle. The city has already seen significant economic benefits, including increases in sales in businesses downtown as well as an influx of new businesses to the city.
The City of Florence is undergoing a major downtown revitalization effort designed to create a safer, more attractive place for pedestrians. The city has improved storefronts, repaired and enhanced sidewalks, landscaped streets, and created better connectively to neighborhood trails and parks. Property values downtown have nearly tripled, and Florence has become a hot spot for private development and new business growth.
ITRE recently completed at study of the economic, health, and transportation impacts from the completion of a pedestrian bridge over I-40, which completed a critical link of the American Tobacco Trail in Durham. This presentation shares the results from launched to better understand the economic contribution of trails in North Carolina.
Granville County will present on their greenway development focusing on the importance of collaboration across the county.
December 9, 2015- Improving Health Through Policy, Audio, Dr. Adam Zolotor, NC Institute of Medicine