NC Rural Coalition Fighting COVID-19

Leaders from the NC Rural Center, Hometown Strong, North Carolina AHEC, Governor’s Office of Public Engagement, and the Foundation for Health Leadership & Innovation (FHLI), are partnering with the NC DHHS Office of Rural Health (ORH) to extend the ORH’s reach in disseminating vital resources and messaging to rural communities.

All training will be done virtually via Zoom meetings and shareable electronic resources (e.g., PDFs, social media, etc.)

The partners of the North Carolina Rural Coalition Fighting COVID will provide rural-oriented tools, training, guidance, and messaging to community leaders (e.g., county commissioners, health departments, local officials, faith leaders, business owners, civic organization leaders, etc.) who are visible and trusted in their communities. This support will assist with illness prevention (e.g., masks, social distancing, and washing hands, etc.), contact tracing, and vaccination information (e.g., phased rollout, local contacts, misperceptions, etc.).

The partners will coordinate with NC DHHS — and other experts at the state and federal levels — to provide content expertise and messaging that is specifically targeted to rural communities. The partners will select representatives to participate in coalition activities — and provide needed support and resources — to include:

  • Educational webinars with subject matter experts
  • Rural-specific messaging to communities
  • Regular (weekly) online forums for organizations, county officials, elected officials, community leaders and the public to hear the latest information of activity in the state
  • Provide tools and resources to overburdened health departments and trusted local leaders so the state can more effectively alleviate the pandemic’s health and economic impact on North Carolina’s rural communities
  • Provide real-time feedback about what messaging is effective and/or how it can be improved, as well as concerns and questions raised from rural constituents
  • Assist state-level officials in identifying current and emerging rural trends related to COVID-19 preventative measures and vaccine rollout


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June 23 Meeting
  • Register today for a conversation with state health officials, community leaders, and parents regarding the current plans for back-to-school vaccinations.

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Vaccination Clinic In a Box

The Oregon Health & Science University Center for Primary Care Research and Innovation recently released the “COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic Implementation Toolkit” for decision-makers and implementers of vaccine clinics. Institutions, including counties, need to make decisions about how to organize COVID-19 vaccines in their communities. The goal was to create a “vaccination clinic in a box” that could be replicated in, and tailored to, many types of settings. Download the PDF by clicking below.

Resilient American Communities

As more communities are deciding to partner with Resilience American Communities, the RAC Team has produced a training series to meet the increasing interest and needs.

Below is the training schedule to introduce your community members to RAC and its processes and tools. To learn more about the training offerings and to register, click the links below. 

Please share this information with others who may be interested.

New Notice of Funding Opportunity

The Office of Minority Health (OMH) at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has released the following funding opportunity announcement for which applications are now being accepted.

Announcement Number: MP-CPI-21-002
Opportunity Title: Accessing Social Determinants of Health Data through Local Data Intermediaries Initiative
Award Amount: up to $250,000
Estimated Total: $500,000
Application Due Date: July 28, 2021, 6:00 PM ET

This notice solicits applications for projects for the Accessing Social Determinants of Health through Local Data Intermediaries Initiative. Learn more about this FOA and how to apply.

A technical assistance webinar for potential applicants will be held June 2, 2021, from 3:00-4:00 PM ET. Register for the technical assistance webinar.

Help NC DHHS Bring Summer Back!

COVID-19 vaccines are our best shot to bring back summer and get everyone safely back to the people, places and activities they love. So, NC DHHS has launched the Bringing Summer Back initiative, a fun, flexible, community-centered approach to help every organization and individual stop the spread of COVID-19 by urging friends and neighbors to get vaccinated.

Bringing Summer Back will run during the following weeks:

  • May 9-15
  • May 16-21
  • June 6-12
  • June 20-26

Register your organization today! Registered partners will receive an introductory toolkit of resources and materials—from flyers to stickers—to help the people in your community bring summer back.

Community Vaccine Survey

Are you interested in hosting a community vaccine event OR supporting a vaccine event by contributing volunteers, equipment, or other resources? Please share this link and take NC DHHS’ recently developed Survey for Organizations Interested in Hosting or Supporting Vaccine Events.  If multiple organizations are proposing to partner to host a vaccine event, please complete only one survey.

Healthier Together Seeks Personnel to Help Marginalized Communities

In support of its Healthier Together initiative, NC DHHS and the NC Counts Coalition are hiring for the following positions:

  • Healthier Together Senior Director
  • Regional Health Equity Field Director (six positions available statewide)
  • Regional Health Equity Operations Manager (six positions available statewide)

For more information and to submit your resume, please contact and FHLI will forward your information to the appropriate NCDHHS department.

Help Schedule More Vaccine Appointments at the Greensboro Four Seasons Town Centre Site

DHHS is asking for your help to schedule individuals from historically marginalized populations and communities of color for vaccine appointments at the Greensboro Four Seasons Town Centre site.

This is a FEMA-supported COVID-19 vaccination site being held at the Four Seasons Town Centre site. There is a set aside of vaccination doses for historically marginalized populations and communities of color that can only be scheduled through a password-protected website.

Here is what you can do to help: 

  1. Share the call center phone numbers with community members so they can schedule appointments themselves
  2. Help schedule on behalf of individuals who may need help with scheduling.
  3. Promote our COVID-19 call center and other methods for scheduling appointments 
    • COVID-19 Call Center: Appointments for the Greensboro Four Seasons location may be scheduled by phone (888-675-4567) through the COVID-19 Help Center in English & Spanish. Call center agents can also answer common questions people may have about the vaccine.
    • Kepro Call Center: Kepro Scheduling Support can help people from historically marginalized populations schedule their appointments at the Greensboro Four Seasons location through phone (704-859-4059, Select #2 Vaccination Support) or via email ( Kepro can also answer common questions that people may have about the vaccine and help with CVMS registration for people who are not yet eligible for the vaccine (so that the process will be faster when they are eligible and can get an appointment). 
    • Hispanic Federation: Hispanic Federation can help Spanish speakers from historically marginalized populations schedule their appointments at the Greensboro Four Seasons location by phone in Spanish (844-432-9832). They are available from 9 am to 5 pm, Monday to Friday. 
Analysis of Key Provisions of the American Rescue Plan Act; How It Affects Nonprofits and the People They Serve

President Biden signed the American Rescue Plan Act into law on March 11, 2021, enacting one of the largest economic relief programs in U.S. history. It is now up to charitable nonprofits to utilize provisions of this new law that are designed to help their organizations and the people they serve survive and recover.

WAR4Life Social Media Toolkit

NC DHHS Releases Plan for Vaccinating North Carolina Farmworkers

With farmworkers now eligible for the vaccine, NC DHHS has anticipated lots of questions from farmers, workers, and other partners. The following materials detail the state plan for farmworker vaccination and include:

ImpactNC 2021 Grant Funding Available

ImpactNC 2021

ImpactNC 2021 uses equity-conscious thinking to fund organizations in Tier 1 North Carolina counties that promote social justice philanthropy and provide direct relief to those most affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

This year, ImpactNC seeks proposals from nonprofit organizations serving Tier 1 counties in the state of North Carolina. Preference will be given to organizations that address the general well-being of these communities especially in regards to increasing access to the following categories:

  • Food
  • Healthcare (i.e., mental, dental, physical)
  • Housing
Get More Information About NC DHHS’ Community Health Worker Program

NC Justice Center Releases Its Immigrants Rights Flyers in Six Languages