Programmatic funds to increase access to care for low-income individuals by developing a fixed bus route in Burke County. The proposed route will link Morganton, Valdese, and Rutherford College, as well as Carolinas HealthCare Blue Ridge-Morganton and Carolinas HealthCare Blue Ridge-Valdese. The bus route will help reduce the number of missed medical appointments while also providing reliable transportation to many major employers, a variety of educational facilities, and several full-service grocery stores. Funds will help finance the final portion of bus line operations.
Programmatic support to fund a strategic plan to address the next phase of work in Forsyth County that involves many pressing issues related to homelessness. This project will use a collective impact model in which members of the Continuum of Care will set a common agenda, use shared measurement to assess progress, engage in mutually reinforcing activities, and engage in continuous communication.
Programmatic support to fund a project called the School and Community Data-Sharing Project (SCDSP) focused primarily on Title I schools and community organizations that primarily serve financially-disadvantaged children and families as a project/program of The Forsyth Promise. The purpose of the SCDSP is to facilitate the creation and maintenance of individual-level linked data sets using a data software platform called COMET Informatics. Data will be shared with and used by approved data contributing organizations for tracking student outcome measures. Funds will support salaries and software costs related to the SCDSP.
Programmatic support to fund the poverty mapping component of an initiative called the Family Independence Initiative (FII). The FII will develop an action plan by mapping all current initiatives addressing poverty in the community, both by location and programmatic focus, while also engaging those in poverty to provide expertise in the challenges and most effective methods of removing obstacles to economic mobility. Trust support will be primarily limited to the poverty mapping aspect of the request.
Programmatic funds for a sustainability coordinator based at the University of North Carolina at Pembroke’s Entrepreneurship Incubator. The Thomas Family Center for Entrepreneurship is located in downtown Pembroke where more than 50 percent of the population lives in poverty. The Center helps local residents in this racially diverse region start businesses and create jobs. It also links with larger health improvement efforts in the county to connect these initiatives to economic development. This proposal is to hire a sustainability coordinator at the Center. The coordinator will work with the incubator team to launch new small businesses in Robeson and surrounding counties and create stronger ties between economic development and health improvement efforts. In the community health needs assessment for the county, residents identified job creation as the greatest barrier to health improvement. Addressing poverty as an underlying driver of poor health is a key aim of this project. Funds will cover the salary of the sustainability coordinator.
Capital funds to construct a community center in the remote western section of Bertie County. The area surrounding the Town of Lewiston-Woodville lacks amenities such as recreation facilities and community spaces. This partnership between the town and the Bertie County YMCA, the Hive House, and Perdue Farms aims to remedy this problem by building a community center. This center will be situated adjacent to the Hive House. Funds will be used for site preparation and construction of the community center with commercial-grade kitchen appliances at the Hive House.
Programmatic funds for a recreation coordinator based in an underserved area of Beaufort County. Sports and other activities, such as Girl Scouts, are currently organized by a volunteer committee. This group of engaged residents has spurred interest in recreation and they are asking that Aurora host a position dedicated to amplify their efforts. The recreation coordinator also will help oversee the town’s community garden and serve as the primary contact for countywide health improvement initiatives. Funds will primarily support the salary for the coordinator position.
Programmatic support to fund the implementation of a pilot project call the "Diversion Tool". The Salvation Army has been selected by the local Continuum of Care to pilot implementation of the Diversion Tool locally. Diversion is a strategy that prevents homelessness for individuals seeking shelter by helping them identify immediate alternative housing arrangements. The goal is to reduce the number of families becoming homeless, decrease demand for shelter beds, cut the size of program waiting lists, and empower individuals maintain control of their lives.
Programmatic support to launch a pilot project to implement the Triple P (Positive Parenting Program) Stepping Stones Initiative for financially disadvantaged families with children five and under who have disabilities. The project addresses the problem that too few children with special needs have access to the services they need, and too few parents of children with special needs are aware of the resources available to them. The Stepping Stones Initiative will consist of two program paths: 1) Seminars Series designed to be a brief introduction to the principles of positive parenting; 2) Intensive group sessions involving six (2.5 hours each) group sessions that educate and actively train participants in independent problem-solving skills. Group sessions also include three, 30-minute individual consultations to refine parenting skills. A full behavioral and family assessment will be completed before and after the group sessions. Anticipated outcomes would be new skills gained to manage behaviors, improve family well-being, and reduce child abuse.
Capital funds to improve access to health care for low-income youth in all 14 public schools in McDowell County. The Health-e-Schools program utilizes telemedicine equipment to connect nurse practitioners to students, current equipment is antiquated and unreliable. Funds will cover 12 mobile telemedicine units in McDowell County and associated software fees.