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More than half
of all deaths in Mecklenburg County are a result of chronic conditions. In 2021, Mecklenburg County designated $2 million toward reducing racial disparities in Public Health. Of that, the Board of County Commissioners directed $180,000 to a grassroots effort to assist local organizations in their work of reducing chronic disease and address
health disparities among our most vulnerable residents.
Health disparities are preventable differences in disease, injury, and opportunities to achieve good health. Race or ethnicity, sex, age, disability, socioeconomic status, location, and other factors contribute to a person's ability to avoid chronic disease and stay healthy.
community organizations applied for the grassroots funding for small-scale programming and
capacity-building resources. Ten
awardees were selected based on their proposals. Even in an environment of
COVID-19 caution and awareness, the awardees moved quickly and decisively to
implement their plans and utilize the funding during the spring and summer.
awardees focused on projects that expand access to physical activity, encourage
healthy eating, and offer multiple opportunities to monitor and boost wellness
among their clients, customers, and stakeholders. The wide variety of wellness
projects has already touched many lives in Mecklenburg County. More than 1,500 residents have greater opportunities to pursue healthier lifestyles, and our partner organizations have enacted more than 20 changes that impact their policies, systems, or environments that make it easier for clients and stakeholders to make healthy choices.
Anuvia Prevention and Recovery CenterAt
least 600 people a year are expected to enjoy and benefit from a new wellness
area on campus. Funding was used to install a new walking trail at their residential
facility, educational signage on the trail, and outdoor exercise equipment.
Camino Community Development CorporationCamino
Vida is a lifestyle intervention tailored to support Latinx patients suffering
from chronic diseases. Funding was used to outfit the new Camino Vida Wellness
Center with fitness equipment, provide health education, and assessments.
C.W. Williams Community Health CenterFunding was used to train and certify community health
workers and other staff as lifestyle coaches. In addition, wireless glucose
monitors, blood pressure monitors, and digital scales were purchased allowing for
remote health monitoring of clients. These new services will impact 200 clients
in the first year.
140 residents, funding was used to install a new 1/4-mile walking path around
campus for families, visitors, and staff to utilize. Trail signage and digital
pedometers were also purchased.
House of NC, Inc.Funding provided laptop computers to train senior citizens on the AEROBOCOP
2.0, an interactive platform that engages senior populations and youth together
to educate on healthy behaviors. The funding also contributed to exercise
sessions, virtual cooking classes, and evaluation of clients.
Atrium Health's Levine Cancer InstituteFunding supported the development of Renacer,
a community-based cancer survivor support program for Latinx cancer survivors.
The program includes the development of virtual activities and tracking tools,
recruitment, a grocery store tour, and cooking demonstration videos.
The Life Project of North CarolinaFunding was used to address food access for residents living in
hotels and motels off Sugar Creek Road and surrounding communities. This was
completed through healthy cooking demonstrations, healthy food and fresh
produce distribution, and nutrition education.
McLeod Addictive Disease CenterIn keeping with McLeod’s tobacco-free campus policy, funding was used
to provide nicotine-replacement therapies (NRT)—patches, gum, and lozenges—to
patients upon admission and as recommended by clinical staff. McLeod was able
to purchase enough NRT so their clients have access to a 12-week supply.
Mecklenburg Council of EldersFunding went towards the purchase of fitness equipment for the
Diversion Youth Fitness Program. This program, which serves 60 youth with
criminal records, uses boxing and martial arts to encourage healthy behavior.
Such youth are often at risk for health disparities due to under-employment and
marginalized living situations.
Metrolina Association for the BlindFunding supported a four-week telehealth series to educate and
empower diabetic individuals with vision loss. Thirty participants were
enrolled in multiple programs where a registered dietitian provided training on
healthy living tips. Each participant received a healthy heart kit containing
an audible scale, audible blood pressure machine, yoga mat, and pedometer.
Health is grateful to our awardees for their tireless work in encouraging
healthy living among those in our community who are most at risk for chronic
disease. Stay tuned for more news about the success and critical impact of our
Click here to view a photo album of our awardees' work.
View or download an infographic to be shared with your communities and networks.
Allison Nelson, Senior Health Manager, Office of Policy & Prevention, 980-314-9065 or email@example.com.
Mecklenburg County Public Health encourages all eligible residents ages 12 and older to get a free COVID-19 vaccination.