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.
We support the community in their efforts to achieve the following goals:
Local partners are working to increase healthy eating and active living by:
- Supporting grassroots organizations working on increasing community-wide access to 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 gaps in built environment and recreation resources.
Adverse childhood experiences.
Local partners are working to address childhood trauma for children from neighborhoods with low incomes by:
- Supporting community-based research and education efforts that grow awareness of adverse childhood experiences and toxic stress.
- Raising awareness about ACEs and toxic stress and promoting trauma-informed approaches to caring for students in elementary schools.
Local partners are working to reduce rates of substance misuse and overdose deaths by:
- Supporting community-based research that engages residents 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.