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NHF To Administer Small Business Grants for Dillsboro

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Attending the $25,000 check presentation from Duke Energy to Nanatahala Health Foundation and the Town of Dillsboro are, from left, Tiffany Henry, Jackson County Economic Development Director; Julie Spiro Donaldson, Jackson County Chamber of Commerce Executive Director; Keith Clark, Dillsboro Town Planning Chair; Lisa Leatherman, Duke Energy Local Government and Community Relations Manager; Debbie Coffey, Dillsboro Town Clerk; David Garrett, Nantahala Health Foundation Board Chair; Lori Bailey, Nantahala Health Foundation Executive Director; Lisa Duff, Nantahala Health Foundation Associate Director; and David Jones, Dillsboro Mayor.

Duke Energy Foundation distributed $500,000 in grants to help small businesses across North Carolina – from restaurants to retailers – continue ongoing recovery from economic challenges initially triggered by the pandemic.

This is the second year Duke Energy has provided targeted grants in support of economic stability for downtowns throughout the state and the second time the company has chosen to work with Nantahala Health Foundation to accomplish its goals, first in Andrews, where 24 business plans received investment funding through this effort.

Our $25,000 grant was one of 20 awarded to nonprofits across the state. With it and the support of a local committee, we have established a small-business support microgrant program ready for deployment in Dillsboro. Microgrants will range from $500 to $2,500 per individual business.


Have an Immediate Need? Consider Applying for a NIMble Grant

Our Needs Immediately Met, or NIMble grant, of up to $5,000 per organization is intended to support an organization's one-time critical purchases, immediate needs for stabilization or crisis response, or small-scale opportunities related to work to address health and well-being as defined by our Priority Funding areas.

NIMble applications in 2022 will be accepted on a rolling basis, with notification of award status anticipated within 6 to 8 weeks of submission. The NIMble 2022 program will remain in effect until allocated funds are exhausted. Applicants (organizations) are eligible for one NIMble award only within a 12-month window, i.e., if awarded a grant in May 2022, that organization will be eligible again for another NIMble award in May 2023.

Nantahala Health Foundation Welcomes New Board Members

Barbara 'Sunshine' Parker grew up in the Yellowhill and Tow String communities on the Qualla Boundary. After graduating from Swain County High, she earned both her bachelor's and master's degrees in social work from the University of Tennessee. She worked in the field of developmental disabilities for several years before returning to school to pursue a law degree.

Upon graduating from law school, she returned to the  Qualla Boundary, where the bulk of her work focused on child welfare, human services and legal issues in the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indian Office of the Attorney General. She was named an Associate Judge of the Cherokee Trial Court in 2021 and continues to serve as a member of both the Cherokee Indian Hospital Authority and the Yogi Crowe Memorial Scholarship boards.

Ollin Dunford is retired from Goodyear Rubber Tire & Company and holds a bachelor's degree from Western Carolina University in Sociology with a Minor in Health and Physical Education. He has served on the Jackson County Planning Board since March 2021. Prior to that, he served on the planning board for the Village of Forest Hills, as well as a Board Member for Jackson County Sports Hall of Fame for 12 years.                                                   


Mr. Dunford has been a fixture in Jackson County Sports for more than 20 years. He has served as Varsity Girls’ Head Basketball coach at Smoky Mountain High School since 2018. Prior to that, he served 13 years as aassistant coach with 11 of the years as the Head Junior Varsity coach. He has been the President of Jackson County Youth Basketball for more than 18 years.


Mr. Dunford lives in Jackson County with his wife, Jane Adams-Dunford, who is the Associate Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs at WCU.


Nantahala Health Foundation in the Community

Nantahala Health Foundation Associate Director Lisa Duff (left) and Executive Director Lori Bailey (center), along with Jane Kimsey, our Founding Board Chair, attended a ribbon cutting and dedication ceremony at the new Angel Medical Center on September 13. The facility, which represents a nearly $70 million healthcare investment by HCA/Mission Health Systems in our region, officially opened to the public Sunday morning, September 18.

Mental Health Wellness to be Topic of Upcoming Presentation

Our colleagues at Highlands Cashiers Health Foundation will welcome former Duke and Michigan State Head Basketball Coach Joanne P. McCallie for Lessons from a Secret Warrior at the Highlands Performing Arts Center on Wednesday, September 21, at 5:30 p.m.

“Coach P” was diagnosed with bipolar disorder at age 30. She learned to manage her mental health and excel in her 32-year career. She led Michigan State to the Final Four and was named the 2005 Associated Press National Coach of the Year. She made the decision to step away from coaching in 2020 to become a full-time mental health and wellness advocate. 


Coach P brings an interesting and dynamic outlook and presentation to mental health awareness. She bonds incredibly well with the audience and is very engaging with everyone. The event is FREE to everyone, but reservations are required.


Dogwood Health Trust To Host Annual Meeting

As part of their commitment to accountability within the communities they serve, each year Dogwood hosts an annual community meeting that is open to the public.

This year’s meeting will be held in Thomas Auditorium on the campus of Blue Ridge Community College and online via Zoom webinar from 1:30 - 3 p.m. on October 6.

As part of the agenda David Dodson, Senior Fellow and Former President of MDC, will serve as the keynote speaker and moderator for a roundtable discussion with Dogwood’s Impact Leadership Team. LEARN MORE

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White House to Host Virtual Hunger, Nutrition, Health Conference

On September 28, the White House will host a virtual Conference on Hunger, Nutrition, and Health.

Millions of Americans are afflicted with food insecurity and diet-related diseases—including heart disease, obesity, and type 2 diabetes—which are some of the leading causes of death and disability in the U.S. The toll of hunger and these diseases is not distributed equally, disproportionately impacting underserved communities, including many rural, elderly, differently abled, Black, Latino, Asian American, and Native American communities.

The conference will focus on five pillars meant to help identify actions that can be taken by all parts of society — including the federal government; local, state, territory, and Tribal governments; nonprofit and community groups; and private companies:

  1. Improve food access and affordability: End hunger by making it easier for everyone — including urban, suburban, rural, and Tribal communities — to access and afford food. For example, expand eligibility for and increase participation in food assistance programs and improve transportation to places where food is available.
  2. Integrate nutrition and health: Prioritize the role of nutrition and food security in overall health, including disease prevention and management, and ensure that our health care system addresses the nutrition needs of all people.
  3. Empower all consumers to make and have access to healthy choices: Foster environments that enable all people to easily make informed healthy choices, increase access to healthy food, encourage healthy workplace and school policies, and invest in public messaging and education campaigns that are culturally appropriate and resonate with specific communities.
  4. Support physical activity for all: Make it easier for people to be more physically active (in part by ensuring that everyone has access to safe places to be active), increase awareness of the benefits of physical activity, and conduct research on and measure physical activity.
  5. Enhance nutrition and food security research: Improve nutrition metrics, data collection, and research to inform nutrition and food security policy, particularly on issues of equity, access, and disparities.


Data Geeks, Rejoice!


The Good News -- Opportunity Insights, a huge data mapping project underway at Harvard University, is on a mission to identify barriers to economic opportunity and develop scalable solutions that will empower people throughout the United States to rise out of poverty and achieve better life outcomes. All their data sets, including the robust Opportunity Atlas, are available to the public at opportunityinsights.org.

The Bad News -- Their research indicates that the American Dream has been fading over time. The defining feature of the American Dream is upward mobility – the aspiration that all children have a chance at economic success, no matter their background. However, their research shows that children’s chances of earning more than their parents have been declining. Some 90% of children born in 1940 grew up to earn more than their parents. Today, only half of all children earn more than their parents did.

Admittedly, Opportunity Atlas can be challenging to navigate. That's why we've provided a video intro below. Understanding the barriers we face is the first step in bringing them down:

For a podcast introduction to Opportunity Insights, click HERE.

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