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North Carolina’s Aging Population

February 22, 2024

North Carolina ranks in the top 10 states in the U.S. for the number of people 65 and older. Aging population issues include increasing healthcare costs, inadequate mental healthcare, social isolation, ageism, elder abuse, inequitable access to resources, the need for affordable and accessible housing and transportation, burdens on family caregivers, and caregiving workforce needs.

The Secret Sauce to Improving Social Capital for Public Service Leaders

January 18, 2024

Effective social capital can be seen in everyday activities that build connections among people, from someone opening a door for a stranger to bringing a community together to solving a complex issue. Public service leaders must apply this knowledge of social capital to help build strong communities, grow trust, and establish a better future for all.

Scouting and Social Capital – Improving Civic Engagement and Economic Mobility

January 18, 2024

The Boy Scouts of America, through its current work and through the methods identified here, can make a meaningful difference in improving civic engagement and economic mobility in the United States through the development of social capital among participants. This organization and others can play an important role in strengthening America’s social fabric and building connections among an increasingly fractured population.

After-School Staff as Potential Public Health Information Channel

January 17, 2024

Network analysis reveals gaps via network density and fragmentation metrics and key actors via degree centrality and betweenness centrality metrics. This information can better inform public administrators on how to disseminate information about public health resources and services through after-school staff.

Mental Health Town Hall – Justice System

September 22, 2023

  Mental health is a challenge for the criminal justice system. Watch this ncIMPACT town hall to learn more about solutions that are working to promote wellbeing for those impacted by the justice system.

Mental Health Town Hall – Older Adults

September 15, 2023

As people age, they often experience life changes that affect their mental health. Rates of anxiety, depression, and isolation among older adults especially increased during the pandemic. Learn how North Carolina organizations are bringing resources to build connection and resilience … Read more

Mental Health Town Hall – Veterans

September 8, 2023

  Veterans in North Carolina have a suicide rate 2.5 times higher than non-veterans. ncIMPACT explores the challenges and solutions impacting our service members with experts from our state government, the business sector, and the nonprofit community. Watch this episode … Read more

Mental Health Town Hall – Youth and Young Adults

September 1, 2023

The percentage of young people experiencing mental health disorders has risen drastically in recent years. ncIMPACT explores the challenges and solutions impacting the next generation with experts from K-12 education, higher education, and the non-profit community. Watch this episode for … Read more

The Lack of Rural Healthcare Options Blog

June 29, 2023

According to the Cecil G. Sheps Center for Health Service Research, North Carolina’s rural communities have faced 152 rural hospital closures and conversions since 2005. The loss of access to healthcare is particularly harmful to those in rural communities who already face health disparities. It makes them more vulnerable to untreated health issues like strokes and heart attacks.