Healthy Places ROBESON, BLADEN, AND COLUMBUS Counties
Working in the Southeast Region
Robeson, Bladen, and Columbus counties are located in southeastern North Carolina in the Sandhills region bordering South Carolina. Several University of North Carolina system schools including UNC Pembroke, UNC Wilmington, and Fayetteville State University, and strong community colleges serve this area. Health systems provide critical employment opportunities for community members.
In Robeson, Bladen, and Columbus counties, local organizations and individuals work to reduce rates of substance misuse and overdose deaths by:
Supporting community-based research that engages residents in the process to collect data, identify gaps, and determine best practices to reduce substance misuse rates.
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.
Supporting evidence-informed and evidence-based approaches to prevent substance misuse among vulnerable populations.
Residents of the region support increasing healthy eating and active living in communities with low incomes by:
Providing organizational capacity-building, facilitated networking, and small grant investments for grassroots organizations that are working on increasing community-wide access to and consumption of healthy foods and opportunities for active living.
Expanding a youth engagement program that seeks to increase access to healthy foods in underserved areas.
Creating equitable opportunities for recreation to address built environment and recreation gaps in areas that are underserved.
Adverse childhood experiences.
Robeson, Bladen, and Columbus counties 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 and toxic stress.
Raising awareness about adverse childhood experiences and toxic stress and promoting trauma-informed approaches to caring for young people in elementary schools.