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Updates! The NC Healthy and Resilient Communities Initiative!


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The NC Healthy and Resilient Communities Initiative leverages Smart Start’s deep roots in local communities across North Carolina and honors the powerful work of local ACEs and resilience collaboratives. In collaboration with state and local partners, the initiative fosters a common understanding and shared approach for local collaboratives to support the health and well-being of children, families, and community members across the lifespan in North Carolina—in a way that broadens the current understanding of adversity and resilience.


  • Please join us for the upcoming Peer Connection Gathering on August 17th at Noon. The topic will be Coalition Membership. What does it mean to be a “member” of a coalition? How do we define membership?  Thanks to Jenn Wages with Wilkes County and Na’im Akbar with ROI who shared their expertise on mapping communities at our July gathering.  Here is the link to join the August Peer Connection:

  • The Resilient Communities Data Dashboard project is seeking a couple more volunteers to work for the next several months on this project.  If you are interested (this would involve weekly meetings for 6-8 weeks beginning in August), please contact Mebane Boyd.


  • State Advisory Council Meeting – August 8, 2-3pm
  • Trauma-Informed Workplaces: Policies that Support Child and Family Well-Being, presented by NC Violence Prevention Coordinating Team

Tuesday, August 16th 9:30-12:00              Webinar Registration - Zoom

Please see attached flyer for more information.

  • HealthySteps Informational Session:  Healthy Steps is an evidence-based, interdisciplinary program embedded in pediatric primary care focused on disrupting the intergenerational transmission of trauma and promoting resiliency and well-being for young children birth to three and their families. Join the HealthySteps National Office on August 24, 2022, at 10:00 AM to learn more about the model and how it may help you achieve your community’s goals.

Register HERE.  (More information about the model can be seen in the attached document.)

NC Institute of Medicine Conference - Focus on workforce wellness

       Tuesday, November 15  McKimmon Ctr., Raleigh. Registration opens August 4

Funding Opportunities

  • NC Opioid Settlement Funds

Home - North Carolina Opioid Settlements ( (Funds can be used for strategic planning.)

  • Herb Block Foundation

Encouraging Citizen Involvement | The Herb Block Foundation

(Defending Basic Freedoms, Pathways Out of Poverty)

Resources/Data/Things to Explore

And finally, ending this month’s update with a great quote and important reminder from Adrienne Gilbert with “Raising Resilience WNC” …

”Remember - Connection before Content and Relationships Matter!”

Mebane Boyd:  | Healthy & Resilient Communities Website

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If you have resources or events to share with the NC Healthy & Resilient Communities Initiative, please send information to


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