The Kate B. Reynolds
Charitable Trust works for equitable access to
quality health care, education, and economic opportunity
for every resident of Forsyth County and across the state
of North Carolina. The Trust works in partnership with
communities for racial equity and systems change, as data
show that too many people are marginalized by race and
Launched by the Trust in 2012, Healthy Places
NC first worked with 10 of the state's most rural and
under-resourced counties to improve health outcomes and
help residents thrive. The Trust team spent time
listening to and learning from residents about the
opportunities and challenges facing their communities.
Over 10 years, residents of Healthy Places NC counties –
led by grassroots organizations and people of color –
have worked to tackle issues including substance misuse,
adverse childhood experiences (ACEs), equitable food
systems, and access to recreation.
The initiative began with 10 Healthy Places NC counties:
In 2022, the Trust announced it had reached its $100
million commitment to those counties and would expand the
initiative statewide. The Trust continues to partner with
community leaders, connecting them to regional and
statewide initiatives that are working to change systems
and improve health.
The Trust's work with rural communities continues under
the Healthy Places NC name and includes a special focus
on Eastern North Carolina, where data shows the largest
health disparities by race and place in the state.
Through Healthy Places NC, the Trust partners with
community organizations to build the capacity of new
leaders, bring unlikely partners together, and impact
local, county, and state policies to support thriving
communities and a healthier state.