A Catalyst for Collaboration and Innovation
Regional Collaborative to Focus on Healthy Homes
A new regional initiative designed to provide much-needed funding for home repairs and remediation is underway.

Nantahala Health Foundation has joined forces with Highlands Cashiers Health Foundation and Dogwood Health Trust to make funding available to nonprofit, faith-based, and governmental agencies that specialize in home repairs in Cherokee, Clay, Graham, Jackson, Macon, and Swain counties, and the Qualla Boundary.

The Healthy Homes Initiative is targeted to owner-occupied homes of individuals at or below 60% of the area median income. Many of these homeowners are unable to afford the repairs needed to maintain the safety and health of their home’s occupants. Others require home modifications to ensure they can safely age in their homes or to address physical challenges or disabilities. In some cases, the affordability of repairs and home modifications have been further compromised by supply chain and labor challenges exacerbated by COVID-19.

Agencies interested in learning more about this grant opportunity and how to apply for these funds are encouraged to click on the links below or to reach out to staff at either NHF or HCFH for details.
Our Collaborative Health Innovation Program receives 21 applications
We are pleased to announce that 21 Collaborative Health Innovation Program, or CHIP, grant applications were successfully submitted and are being reviewed for funding.

Because so many of the largest barriers to health and wellness will require multiple-agency cooperation, we made collaboration with at least one other organization a condition to be awarded CHIP funding. And our applicants did not disappoint, with a combination of more than 40 different agencies committing to support each other in pursuit of the improved health outcomes anticipated from these 21 projects. Project awards are anticipated to be announced in January 2022.

"We appreciate these organizational leaders' willingness to address some of our region's most critical health-related issues," said NHF Executive Director Lori Bailey. "We look forward to completing our review process and ultimately partnering with many of these agency change-makers in pursuit of a healthier future for our region."
Dogwood Health Trust to Host Community Meeting
Because cases of the COVID-19 delta variant have been increasing rapidly across the region, our partners at Dogwood Health Trust have made the decision to move their upcoming Community Meetings to a virtual format.

DHT leaders have indicated the agenda for these community meetings will include an update on their regional investments, an overview of progress made toward developing goals in each of their four strategic priority areas, and, most importantly, hearing participant input. Use the link below to register for this event.

West Region
Monday, September 20
4:30 -- 6 p.m.
Register here
$10M in Additional Support Approved for State School Nutrition Programs
The N.C. State Board of Education last week approved an allocation of $10 million in federal COVID-19 relief funds to help school nutrition operations across the state recruit and retain needed staff.

School nutrition program leaders have expressed the need for competitive compensation packages to attract and keep qualified personnel and to compete more evenly with the service industry at large, according to their recent announcement. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the U.S. Department of Agriculture issued federal regulation waivers allowing school food authorities to serve free breakfast and lunch to all students during the 2021-22 school year. Additional school nutrition personnel are required to meet this critical need.

Nantahala Health Foundation Executive Director Lori Bailey praised the State Board of Education's move, citing the barriers these funds will help remove related to social determinants of health within our region. In addition to creating opportunities for more economically secure jobs within our region, these funds will support the critical front-line personnel who work every day to ensure students' access to nutritional food, which will strengthen their ability to learn and benefit their long-term health outcomes.
Partners Making Progress:
Erlanger Health System Opens Clinic at Graham County Schools
Nantahala Health Foundation's $10,000 investment in Erlanger Health System's partnership with Graham County Schools to open a school-based health clinic received regional recognition when Blue Ridge Public Radio aired an interview with Family Nurse Practioner Debbie McDaniel late last month.

During the interview, McDaniel emphasized the part education plays in helping younger generations understand the role of primary care with respect to prevention. By regularly accessing primary care, she said, an individual is more likely to ensure a minor medical concern does not go untreated so long that urgent care is untimely required, which is important in rural areas like Robbinsville and even more remote parts of Graham County, where urgent care can be difficult to find.

Graham County School Superintendent Angie Knight, who also brings her years of academic expertise to the Nantahala Health Foundation Board of Directors, was also featured in the on-air interview. She explained that the health clinic will be available to students who are seen by the school nurse and need additional care with parental permission or by appointment. Currently, two nurses provide care within Graham County's school system, from Pre-K to 12th grade.
Thank you, Donors and Supporters!
Join Our Healthy Future Movement
Nantahala Health Foundation's investment in regional health and well-being programs totals nearly $2.5 million since our inception in 2019, with grant funds awarded to 78 different agencies. We are thankful for the opportunity to support our partners in our role as a catalyst for innovation and collaboration for the benefit of all.

We also appreciate the generosity of our donors and supporters, whose financial contributions are vital to the continuation and growth of our work within the region. If you would like to learn more about how you can become a part of Our Healthy Future Movement, please call us at 828.634.1527 or visit our website.
Our Funding Priorities
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Following updated health and safety guidelines related to the spread of COVID-19, specifically the Delta variant, NHF staff are considering shifting again to mostly telework and conducting business through virtual platforms. Should we decide to move in this direction, however, we will continue to be accessible and minimize disruptions as much as possible. During this time, you may contact us through email or by leaving a message on our office voicemail, which will be returned within 24-48 business hours.
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