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What Can We Do About COVID-19 LEARNING LOSS?

We might argue about the extent, but there is no question that learning loss is a concern and that local communities are scrambling to respond. Even so, despite the challenging outlook, the ncIMPACT Initiative at the UNC School of Government remains optimistic about cross-sector innovation efforts, and the remarkable resilience demonstrated by those on the front lines as they adapt and evolve in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Health and Community Wellbeing

The County Health Rankings model indicates that medical care influences 20 percent of health outcomes, while social determinants of health (determinants) influence 80 percent of health outcomes. These determinants are closely integrated with one another and mutually influence factors related to medical care, shaping health outcomes in a com­plex way. These drivers interact, creating different experiences for North Carolina residents. The top drivers of health outcomes identified for the purpose of this model are poverty, racism, food insecurity, housing insecurity, and adverse childhood experiences.

The ncIMPACT Initiative coordinates the Opioid Response Project, an intensive two-year collaborative learning model that provides direct support to ten North Carolina communities enacting an integrated and innovative policy and practice response to their local opioid crises. In another project, a research team from the ncIMPACT Initiative collaborates with RTI International on a project for the US Department of Health & Human Services to clarify the role social capital plays in human service programs and identify model programs based on their characteristics, approaches, and measures of success. The goal involves sharing these models nationwide in an effort to increase employment, reduce poverty, and improve child and family wellbeing. Our team also completed a project for the Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust to examine its funding strategy in the Health Improvement in North Carolina program area and further align its funding strategy within the dynamic environment of health outcomes and health care players in the state.

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Data Snapshots



Rate of Opioid Prescription


Maternal Mortality in the Southeast


Infant Mortality


Food Insecurity


Disconnected Youth


Cost Burden


Broadband Access


Asthma Related ER Visits


Water Systems


Drinking Water Systems