Nantahala Health Foundation: CHIP grant recipients
Nantahala Health Foundation has awarded nearly $420,000 to local organizations and agencies improving health and alleviating poverty.
Nantahala Health Foundation granted nearly $420,000 to Western North Carolina nonprofits and public service organizations seeking to achieve better health and wellness outcomes for regional residents.
The success of each awarded proposal depends on the applying organization teaming up with at least one collaborating partner. Likewise, each winning proposal will seek to apply a unique approach to eliminating root-cause barriers to health and wellness, according to Nantahala Health Foundation Executive Director Lori Bailey.
Additionally, grant funds were awarded in support of programs designed to address NHF’s funding priorities, which include access to healthcare, education, transportation, alleviation of poverty, and quality of housing. These and many other social determinants of health are known to directly impact up to 50 percent of an individual’s health outcomes over their lifetime. Additionally, Covid-19 was added as a special interest priority area to help nonprofits expand or sustain services impacted by the pandemic.
“An ever-growing body of research has proven that where and how a person lives, learns, works and plays far exceeds cumulative clinical visits when it comes to determining health outcomes,” said Jane Kimsey, NHF’s board chair and lifelong Macon County resident. “That’s why Nantahala Health Foundation has chosen to work with organizations specifically addressing social determinants of health as a way of improving wellness for all in Western North Carolina.”
NHF’s 2020 Collaborative Health Innovation Program, during which awards were capped at $50,000 each, marks the organization’s third completed grant cycle with a collective community investment to date of nearly $2.2 million in support of social determinants of health.
For more information about Nantahala Health Foundation’s mission, visit nantahalahealthfoundation.org or connect with them on Facebook and Instagram.