Healthy Places NC has generated excitement and promoted
collaboration in the participating communities. As of
July 2021, the Trust has invested more than $75 million
in 10 Healthy Places NC counties.
By listening to community members, applying an equity
lens, and focusing on scale and sustainability, the Trust
and the participating counties continue to:
- Make health improvement a shared community value
- Focus on changing the systems that have historically
held residents back
- Achieve quantifiable progress
toward improving outcomes on major health indicators
Healthy Places NC has also been identified as a national
example by County Health
Rankings & Roadmaps.
Some examples of this work:
The Trust works in McDowell County supporting community
efforts to achieve obesity reduction and combat substance
misuse. In addition, it has worked to empower the Latinx
community, build capacity in various communities to
advance healthy eating habits and aid in the development
of a community health hub.
Through grant money and technical assistance, the Trust
supports community leaders in West Marion and other
underserved communities to bring new voices into
conversations about what their county needs to be a
thriving, healthy place to live. Community leaders in
West Marion hold community forums to address disparities
like substandard housing and scarcity of healthy food.
Many projects, such as a community garden, have been
developed and implemented through these community
meetings and collaborations.
more about McDowell County.
Since 2012, the Trust has been working in Beaufort County
around obesity reduction and combatting substance misuse.
It has also helped the community expand healthy food
access for low-income and communities of color, enhanced
parks in underserved neighborhoods, assisted grassroots
coalitions, and supported the position for a recreation
To increase access to affordable, healthy food, Beaufort
County residents created the Washington City Market: a
farmers market for growers, restaurateurs, and residents.
The market also serves as a gathering place for community
The Asbury United Methodist Church works with the school
system to make sure children in need have access to food
during the summer.
The Healthy Eating Active Living (HEAL) Collaborative
partners with schools, a food pantry, the public health
department, and other organizations. The HEAL
Collaborative became an accredited food council and is
working to improve infrastructure for walking and biking.
more about Beaufort County.
Halifax County was named a Healthy Places NC community in
2012. From the start, residents identified childhood
obesity as an issue they wanted to tackle. The Trust
provided technical assistance and support to revive an
existing coalition focused on health improvement in the
In 2013, the group relaunched as the Roanoke Valley
Community Health Initiative (RVCHI). They created a
Coordinating Council and various workgroups, established
the Halifax Parks & Recreation Advisory Board to
implement a county master recreation plan, and began
community conversations to understand residents' concerns
about lack of active living options for youth.
By 2015, RVCHI hired a coordinator to increase the
group's ability to be a community resource around health
improvement and youth issues. RVCHI, with support from
Healthy Places NC, has encouraged schools to play a more
active role in combatting childhood obesity.
As a result of this partnership, 15 elementary schools
implemented the Coordinated Approach to Child
Health (CATCH) program, an evidence-based program
that promotes health-focused school activities, healthier
lunches, and increased physical activity.
more about Halifax County.