Healthy Places Nash and Edgecombe Counties
Working in the Twin Counties
Nash and Edgecombe Counties are located in eastern North Carolina between Raleigh and the Outer Banks. The two communities, often called the Twin Counties, are united by the shared city of Rocky Mount. Rocky Mount, which sits on the Tar River, was first built as a destination to mill cotton and later grew into an important tobacco market.
In the Twin Counties, local individuals and organizations work to increase healthy eating in communities with low incomes by:
Assisting community collaboratives’ work to analyze the food system and develop an action plan to address equitable access to healthy food.
Implementing a farm-to-child care model in 15 centers that predominantly serve families with low incomes to increase the amount of healthy, local food served at these sites.
Adverse childhood experiences.
Twin County residents address childhood trauma for children from neighborhoods with low incomes by:
Supporting community-based research and education efforts that engage residents in the process to better understand and build awareness of adverse childhood experiences.
Providing evidence-based resilience education to key audiences engaged with communities with low incomes that are impacted by trauma and adverse childhood experiences.
Implementing resilience teams in the Twin Counties school districts to promote trauma-sensitive schools.
The Twin Counties aim to reduce rates of substance misuse and overdose deaths by:
Supporting systems change approaches from the community planning process, which may include addressing organizational capacity within health systems, coordination within and across systems, community education and engagement, and advocacy.
Collecting and analyzing data and measuring progress to address substance misuse.
Expanding behavioral health care to people with low incomes in Federally Qualified Health Center sites.
Supporting a behavioral health organization embedded in under-resourced communities.