In July, Trust President Karen McNeil-Miller and Health Care Division Director Allen Smart attended a meeting at the White House about public and private investment in rural health care. The meeting was significant in that it marked the first time rural funders met with federal officials responsible for providing assistance to rural communities.
Below you will find news from the Trust.
The Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust, in partnership with County Health Rankings & Roadmaps, will host three community health forums in Beaufort County to review Beaufort County’s health ranking, discuss the Healthy Places NC initiative, and hear from the local community. Residents are invited to attend to share their ideas about what Beaufort County needs to become a healthier place and to learn more about how to get involved in Healthy Places moving forward.
AURORA: June 3, 10:00 to 11:30 am
The Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust announced grants of nearly $1.3 million this month to improve the health and quality of life of financially disadvantaged residents in Forsyth County. The Trust began to make strategic investments in dental health—a funding focus for its Forsyth County grant making—by making a two-year, $113,300 commitment to the North Carolina Dental Health Fund to operate a free dental clinic for homeless and financially needy residents in the area.
The Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust announced grants of more than $2 million this month to improve the quality of care and overall health of financially disadvantaged seniors in North Carolina. Investments in the state’s older adults include a multi-generational fitness trail; increased access to primary care services; a statewide model to address depression among seniors; and the expansion of the Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE), which allows seniors to stay in their homes longer and access comprehensive care.
The Jim Bernstein Community Health Leadership Fellowship will be accepting applications for the next Fellowship class until June 14, 2013. The Fellowship targets up-and-coming health professionals in a wide variety of disciplines in the early stages of their careers. The Fellowship is awarded for two years and is comprised of an educational component and a specific, individualized project.
Prescription drug overdoses have reached epidemic proportions in North Carolina and across the nation. In response to that challenge, Community Care of North Carolina (CCNC) today announced a $2.6 million investment in Project Lazarus, a statewide program aimed at addressing chronic pain issues and combating prescription drug abuse. Funding from the Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust and the N.C.
A big congratulations to the Trust's Health Care Division Director Allen Smart who received the “University of Illinois at Chicago School of Public Health Naomi Morris Distinguished Alumni Award” this spring from his alma mater. The Alumni Awards are given annually to two members of the UIC School of Public Health alumni body who have achieved outstanding success.
The Trust is seeking proposals to produce a strategic plan for Great Expectations, a 10-year Trust initiative designed to help low-income Forsyth County children be foundationally prepared for personal and academic success by the time they complete Kindergarten. While the Trust’s Great Expectations work is just getting underway, some key initiatives have already been launched with new and existing stakeholders, and the Trust is seeking a Strategic Investment Plan to guide ongoing work beginning in 2014.