Why rural communities?

They're home to abundant natural resources, yet poor health outcomes.

Many rural areas have rich soil, deep manufacturing roots, and committed local residents. Yet, many residents in these communities are less likely to have access to health services and have a lower life expectancy than their urban neighbors. That’s why we work together so rural communities can thrive.

We're committed to equitable health solutions.

There is no one-size-fits-all solution to health improvement in rural communities, so we listen to residents to understand local challenges and potential solutions. Too many communities have been marginalized, and many residents cannot access affordable, quality health care. We partner with local communities to ensure everyone has a voice in how to improve health and no one is left behind.

We address social factors that affect communities.

When we listen to community members and research historic gaps, we realize that to improve health, we need to tackle its social determinants—the issues outside of the medical office that impact a person’s health. This includes eliminating food deserts, improving the built environment, enhancing transportation to health facilities, creating more places for children to be active, and addressing poor housing conditions.

Where We Work

Ten North Carolina counties participate in Healthy Places NC.

We have been working with communities since 2012, developing strategies and putting them into action.

Our Process

We collaborate to tackle tough issues.

We unite partners and help communities build networks to solve long-standing health issues, such as: providing quality physical, mental, and oral health care; ensuring access to affordable health insurance; and combatting substance misuse and the opioid epidemic. We provide technical assistance so organizations can work collaboratively with diverse groups and partners.

We listen and learn together.

We know community members are the experts on what they need to live happy, healthy lives. Healthy eating and active living, substance misuse, and access to primary care are a few of the issues residents have identified as pressing health issues. To help communities set clear goals and strategies that will result in long-term, sustainable change, we review data about the issue, listen to community members, consider community context, gather input from experts, and continually monitor progress.

We build capacity.

We work long-term with rural communities and residents, building the capacity of new leaders, deepening relationships, and working to improve local, county, and state policies to support thriving communities and a healthier state.

We invest in long-term change.

We work holistically to foster sustainable systems change that improves the lives of North Carolinians. We review data about issues, listen to community members, consider community context, gather input from experts, support the development and implementation of strategies, and continually monitor progress.

Funding Opportunities

Obesity Reduction in Beaufort County

Like many parts of the state, rural Healthy Places NC communities are working to address high obesity rates and food insecurity. To assist stakeholders in Beaufort in building a more equitable food system, the Trust will support efforts aimed at implementing local action plans.

Past Funding Opportunities

The following funding opportunities are no longer accepting applications.

Reducing Obesity in Rural, Eastern North Carolina
Like many parts of the state, rural Healthy Places North Carolina communities are working to address high obesity rates and food insecurity. To assist stakeholders in Nash, Edgecombe, Halifax, and surrounding counties build a more equitable health system, the Trust will support efforts aimed at collecting and analyzing data and creating locally relevant plans to coordinate effective interventions.
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Decreasing Substance Misuse – Burke, Edgecombe, and Nash Counties
To assist stakeholders in Burke, Edgecombe, and Nash counties in developing a meaningful response to substance misuse, the Trust will support efforts aimed at collecting and analyzing data and building locally relevant plans to coordinate effective interventions.
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Decreasing Substance Misuse – Rockingham
This opportunity will help implement or supplement evidence-based programs that have the greatest potential for impact. The Trust will consider the reach of applicant organizations, connections to financially vulnerable residents, and plans for seeking sustained funding.
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Organizational Capacity
This Healthy Places opportunity aims to provide small general operating support grants to groups with strong networks among racial and ethnic minorities or in low-income neighborhoods.
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Addressing Childhood Trauma in the Southeast
Evidence continues to emerge about the negative social-emotional and health impacts of adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) and toxic stress. Young children who have experienced significant trauma and toxic stress are more likely than their peers to have developmental delays and difficulty with self-regulation, which impacts their health and well-being. The Trust plans to support planning, awareness, and system change efforts that directly engage the communities most impacted by trauma and toxic stress in Robeson, Columbus, and Bladen counties.
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Our Team

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Program Officer

Program Coordinator

Rural Support Organization