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Catalyst Always: Celebration, Transitions, and Thanks

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Catalyst Always: Celebration, Transitions, and Thanks

By Jamie Elliott Cousins “Every new beginning comes for some other beginning’s end.” – Lucius Annaeus Seneca We begin with thanks. Thanks to the communities we’ve had the honor to work with over the past six years to make changes for health. Thanks to the statewide and regional partners who have worked alongside us and taught us. Thanks to the organizations who hosted our program and our local Catalyst Coordinators. And thanks to the Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust which provided funding for the Catalyst. In our final months, the Catalyst...

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New Staff Feature: Carla Obiol joins the Foundation as Vice President of Programs

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New Staff Feature: Carla Obiol joins the Foundation as Vice President of Programs

Carla Obiol joined the Foundation for Health Leadership & Innovation in January 2019 as the Vice President of Programs. In this role, Carla will develop new program opportunities, guide and support the work of the directors and managers of existing programs, and work closely with FHLI’s CEO/President. We asked Carla a few questions to get to know her better. Q. Where are you from and how did you end up in North Carolina? I am proud to be a North Carolina native. I grew up in Western Harnett County and attended East Carolina...

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Catalyst Evaluation: Baby steps in measuring health equity and systems change

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Catalyst Evaluation: Baby steps in measuring health equity and systems change

By ShaCoria Winston No matter your role in community-based programming, it’s likely that you have given some thought to evaluation. How do I show impact? What are the outcomes that best tell the story? How do I involve stakeholders in the process and actually incorporate their feedback? Or you may be wondering, how can I ensure that my data collection tool is measuring all the appropriate indicators? If this is you, please know that you are not alone. The field of evaluation is evolving as we learn new ways to collect data, focus our outcomes...

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Dr. Zachary Brian Named Program Director of NCOHC

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Dr. Zachary Brian Named Program Director of NCOHC

Please feel free to share the linked Press Release within your networks.  Dr. Zachary Brian, an experienced public health administrator and dentist, has been named Program Director for the Foundation for Health Leadership & Innovation’s North Carolina Oral Health Collaborative (NCOHC). Dr. Brian, who started in the position on Dec. 3, will focus on developing partnerships to address disparities in access to oral health care in North Carolina. Prior to joining the NCOHC, Dr. Brian served as Dental Director for Federally Qualified Health...

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The Institute for Emerging Issues hosts the ReCONNECT Rural and Urban Forum

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The Institute for Emerging Issues hosts the ReCONNECT Rural and Urban Forum

The Foundation for Health Leadership & Innovation is glad to share that Registration is now open for the Institute of Emerging Issues’s second forum in their ReCONNECT NC series: ReCONNECT Rural and and Urban. They have shared the information below:   While there is a common and growing perception of a divide between rural and urban North Carolina, the truth is we are highly interconnected by people, place, and prosperity. Join Dennis Alvord, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Regional Affairs, U.S. Economic Development...

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Living Up to your Commitment to Health Equity: Lessons from the Catalyst

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Living Up to your Commitment to Health Equity: Lessons from the Catalyst

By Jamie Cousins and ShaCoria Winston According to the National Academies of Medicine, health equity is the state in which everyone has the opportunity to attain full health potential and no one is disadvantaged from achieving this potential because of social position or any other socially defined circumstance. Many organizations recognize the importance of eliminating health inequities and have committed to optimizing the conditions in which people are born, grow, live, work, learn and age. The Catalyst for Healthy Eating and Active Living...

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New Staff Feature: Dr. Zachary Brian joins the NC Oral Health Collaborative

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New Staff Feature: Dr. Zachary Brian joins the NC Oral Health Collaborative

In December 2018, Zachary Brian joined the Foundation for Health Leadership & Innovation as the Program Director of the NC Oral Health Collaborative. In this role, he will lead NCOHC in strategic planning and partnerships, and will manage the activities of the program including evaluation and capacity-building. We asked Zachary a few questions to get to know him better. Q: Where are you from and how did you end up in North Carolina? I’m originally from Kentucky, but have recently been working as the Dental Director for a Federally...

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The Art of Being a Catalyst: Unique perspectives from the Catalyst Coordinators

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The Art of Being a Catalyst: Unique perspectives from the Catalyst Coordinators

By ShaCoria Winston, Tammy Bass, Erin Carson, Derrick Haskins, and Emily Roberts **Erin Carson is a former Catalyst Coordinator Last week, we shared some insight on the Catalyst Model, and the importance of the philanthropy and state government partnership in a successful community-centric model of health improvement. This week, we dive into the experience of our coordinators. The Catalyst for Healthy Eating and Active Living program provides a dedicated coordinator in each of the eight participating counties. Many coordinators live right in...

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The Catalyst Model: How philanthropy and state government partnered on a community-centric model for health improvement

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The Catalyst Model: How philanthropy and state government partnered on a community-centric model for health improvement

By Jamie Cousins Welcome to the first in a series of blog posts sharing lessons from the Catalyst for Healthy Eating and Active Living program (Catalyst)! In this post, we’ll reflect on the Catalyst model and the following questions: WHY is partnership between philanthropy and state government so valuable? HOW do you make a program or initiative community-centric?     In 2012, the Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust provided funding for the Catalyst program which was delivered in partnership with the NC Division of Public Health. The...

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Catalyst Reflections: Intro to our Upcoming Blog Series

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Catalyst Reflections: Intro to our Upcoming Blog Series

By Jamie Cousins and ShaCoria Winston The Catalyst for Healthy Eating and Active Living (Catalyst) program recently announced that our work will draw to a close at the end of this year. Reflecting on our past six years of work alongside rural communities in NC, we have cause to celebrate many accomplishments and lessons learned. Each week in November, we will share reflections and lessons from the Catalyst in a blog series through our organization, the Foundation for Health Leadership & Innovation. Why should you tune in? Here are a few...

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