|NCDHHS, NC Counts Coalition Announce $500K in Grants to Support Equitable COVID-19 Response|
Healthier Together, a public-private partnership between NCDHHS and NC Counts Coalition, is releasing a Request for Proposals for community-based organizations to apply for grants ranging from $5,000 – $20,000 (or up to $50,000 for collaborative proposals). Grants will support groups that will help North Carolina achieve its goal of delivering equitable access to vaccines.
Funds will go to organizations supporting NC communities that experience health inequities to ensure that individuals from Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) and other historically marginalized populations are able to access vaccines. Grants will fund activities to conduct vaccine outreach and education efforts, help people schedule appointments and arrange transportation, coordinate local vaccine events at trusted and accessible locations, provide on-site interpretation services and help ensure people get to second dose appointments. The application period opens Tuesday, April 27 and ends Friday, May 14 at 11:59 p.m.
For more information, for to the NC Counts Coalition website.
Are you looking for a vaccine for a person who is homebound? NCDHHS has created a list of vaccine providers in North Carolina who are able to vaccinate homebound people. Please reach out to vaccine providers on this list to ask about their current availability for homebound vaccinations – some may not currently be offering homebound vaccinations. No matter the circumstance, everyone has a spot to take their shot!
NC Council of Churches webinar on Healthcare Coverage
Great information about the current state of healthcare and what we can do to advocate for change: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fUfADGayawI&list=PLSus3cjCVLMbJwUwzuerP-nBbi5rZzCLZ&index=10
Veterans and Service Members
Active duty, retirees, reservists and military family members live in every county in North Carolina. Many of these folks are church members and certainly live in our communities. We know that these neighbors volunteer to ensure the greater good of our country, and we certainly want to welcome them to our church families and care for them the best we can.
One opportunity is for clergy to educate themselves about the particular needs and challenges service members and their families. There is a FREE, online training event; exploring intersections of Veterans’ issues and spiritual care.
This FREE event is for Faith Community Representatives, Pastors, Clergy, anyone interested in exploring intersections of Veteran-specific issues and spiritual care implications. Many Veterans are likely to turn to clergy before seeking mental health treatment. This event will provide community clergy with information/training on mental health issues often faced by Veterans, led by subject matter experts.
Topics will include:
Suicide Prevention in the Durham VA
Moral Injury in Veteran Populations
Spiritual Care frames for Suicide Prevention and Moral Injury
How to refer Veterans for VA care
Event Date: May 21, 2021 at 10:00 am
Contact Name: Chaplain Ryan Parker
Contact Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Location: online (WebEx)
Event Link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/durham-va-community-clergy-training-2021-tickets-144495984379
Below are some additional helpful resources:
Suicide Prevention & Bereavement:
Integrative Mental Health:
The Shay Moral Injury Center:
Durham VA Health Care System:
Breast cancer is the most common kind of cancer in women after skin cancer. About 1 in 8 women born today in the United States will get breast cancer at some point. The good news is that most women can survive breast cancer if it’s found and treated early.
If you are a woman age 40 to 49, talk with your doctor about when to start getting mammograms and how often to get them.
If you are a woman age 50 to 74, be sure to get a mammogram every 2 years. You may also choose to get them more often.
Talk to a doctor about your risk for breast cancer, especially if a close family member of yours had breast or ovarian cancer. Your doctor can help you decide when and how often to get mammograms.
Healthcare for all is a faith issue.
Our Fact of the Week is “States’ failure to close the coverage gap has resulted in nearly 16,000 unnecessary deaths.“
Let’s close the healthcare coverage gap!
For news and information check out these partnership organizations:
Care4Carolina believes that access to quality, affordable health care helps build a healthier, stronger North Carolina. Covering the uninsured means better premium value for North Carolinians with private health insurance by lowering costs for everyone. Providing health insurance coverage will help people gain access to the care they need, which improves health outcomes.
Care4Carolina recognizes there are currently over 1 million uninsured. Of those, approximately 400,000 could benefit from closing the insurance gap and having affordable insurance options available to them.
Care4Carolina seeks to strengthen the economic and social wellbeing of our state by increasing access to affordable, quality healthcare for all North Carolinians.
From our friends at the Institute for Emerging Issues:
IEI’s ReConnecting Our Faith & Community Conference is May 11th, 18th, and 25th- you can register for the days that work for your schedule and come to the sessions that fit your ministry and partnership goals.
May 11th | 9:15 – 10 a.m.
Complex Trauma and Compassionate Healing: Faith Communities & Mental Health
What is a faith leader’s identity with forever-changed ministries? Understanding our own mental health and ongoing loss during the pandemic while we assist is crucial to being able to stay in this work.
May 11th | 11:45 a.m. – 12 noon
Rural Mental Health Policy Brief
Short presentation on what mental health and mental illness looks like during the pandemic and county-specific resources for faith leaders to not do it alone
May 11th | 3 – 4 p.m.
Contemplative Practices for Sustained Community Care
An exploratory gathering and mutual learning around the practices that are working for each of us