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ARC accepting applications for new initiatives aimed at addressing substance abuse crisis
In recognition of September as National Recovery Month, Appalachian Regional Commission has issued a Request for Proposals for INvestments Supporting Partnerships In Recovery Ecosystems (INSPIRE), a $10 million initiative to address the Region’s substance abuse crisis by creating or expanding a recovery ecosystem leading to workforce entry or re-entry.

“The INSPIRE Initiative seeks to elevate the best ideas in the region to address the most critical needs communities face in creating recovery ecosystems, ideas that build a bridge to employment and encourage successful long-term recovery outcomes," said ARC Federal Co-Chairman Tim Thomas. "I look forward to seeing the impact these investments will have in our communities to both save lives and strengthen economic opportunity.” 

Letter of Intent Due: October 16
Final Application Due: November 13
Awards to be Distributed: Spring 2021
SPECIAL NOTE: If this or any grant opportunity looks especially interesting to you, please feel free to give us a call or email to discuss how Nantahala Health Foundation staff can support your efforts to secure much-needed funding. 
Thank you for caring about your neighbor, your community, and our region's health. Because you care, your organizations could earn up to $50,000 to fund an innovation plan of action for a better, healthier WNC in the not-so-distance future.

This December, Nantahala Health Foundation plans to award Collaborative Health Innovation Program (or CHIP, because that's a mouthful) grants of up to $50,000 to organizations that demonstrate how their unique problem-solving initiative will improve health outcomes for everyone within our region. Recipients will be expected to work inclusively with their communities, make the most of existing resources, and to collaborate with at least one other organization as part of their problem-solving process.
SPECIAL REQUEST: Please share the link below with others who may be interested in, or could benefit from, this opportunity. 
Since 1980, the Healthy People initiative from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has set goals and measurable objectives to improve health and well-being in the United States. The initiative's fifth edition, Healthy People 2030, builds on knowledge gained over the past four decades to address current and emerging public health priorities and challenges.

An interdisciplinary team of subject matter experts developed national health objectives and targets for the next 10 years. These objectives focus on the most high-impact public health issues, and reflect an increased focus on the social determinants of health — how the conditions where people live, work, and play affect their health and well-being.

By using Healthy People 2030 in your work, you can help improve health nationwide. Objectives are organized into intuitive topics so you can easily find data that's relevant to your work. And Healthy People 2030 provides evidence-based resources and tools you can use to set strategies for reaching Healthy People targets in your community, state, or organization. Start exploring Healthy People 2030 today!
-- Do you know someone who would rather not wear a mask in public because they are convinced masks are not effective at preventing the spread of COVID-19 and other infectious diseases? Recommend they watch is video from PBS: 'Mask Myths DEBUNKED!'

-- In need of PPE? The WNCReady.org initiative organized by our partners at Dogwood Health Trust may be able to help. READ MORE >>

-- North Carolina's COVID-19 Information Hub provides access to multiple additional resources and the latest news on testing sites, food and nutrition support, mental health services, and much MORE >>
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