UNCP Foundation

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.

Organization URL uncp.edu
Category Health Improvement in North Carolina ⟩ Healthy Places NC
Date May 2018
Amount $198,000
Length 36
Impact Counties Robeson
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