We partner to prompt change.

Robeson, Columbus, Bladen and other nearby communities face many obstacles in improving health outcomes and access to health care. Since 2019, Robeson, Bladen, and Columbus counties and Healthy Places NC have targeted key issues affecting health outcomes: community resilience, substance misuse, and building capacity of systems to address social drivers of health. Poor health outcomes are affected by profound poverty throughout the community. Many areas throughout the southeast region are also vulnerable to natural disasters including large storms and flooding.

We welcome our new Healthy Places Communities!

The southeastern counties are our newest communities, having joined in 2019. Based on lessons learned from the initial seven communities, we are taking a regional approach with our support. This allows us to partner as we tackle local health issues and position the region to be a key player in state-wide efforts to support access to care and work toward equitable outcomes.

Community Approaches

Reduce rates of substance misuse and overdose deaths among Medicaid and uninsured populations.

We are working with the counties to address substance misuse and overdose deaths in the southeast region by supporting evidence-informed, community-based research and education efforts, systems change approaches, and advocacy efforts.

Address childhood trauma for children from low-income neighborhoods.

We are partnering with community members to engage residents in awareness of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) by supporting evidence-informed and evidence-based programs to increase the capacity of institutions to use trauma-informed approaches, systems change approaches that increase access to mental health services and trauma-informed care, and advocacy efforts.

Utilize a value-based care environment to facilitate health improvement for North Carolinians with low incomes.

To help stakeholders understand the impact of value-based care on health outcomes for southeastern North Carolinians, we are working within the communities to support systems change efforts. Efforts include engaging residents with low incomes and building feedback loops to state agencies, health care providers, and payers, increasing capacity of the health care safety net, and promoting innovative approaches for leveraging value-based care.

Work with health systems to improve health outcomes for Medicaid and uninsured populations by addressing social drivers of health and well-being.

To improve health outcomes for Medicaid and uninsured community members, we are working to support systems change efforts to increase understanding and awareness of social drivers of health. By supporting community-based planning, piloting innovative approaches to help health systems address social drivers of health in Medicaid or other programs, and building capacity of community-based organizations, we are helping to serve low-income community members and improve health outcomes.

Maintain or increase overall enrollment of low-income individuals in the Affordable Care Act and Medicaid.

We are working to ensure that southeastern community residents are able to enroll in or maintain their enrollment in the Affordable Care Act and Medicaid programs by building capacity of organizations providing in-person enrollment assistance efforts, and supporting greater understanding of the Affordable Care Act and its impact on residents with low incomes through data collection and dissemination.

Our Team

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