The Nantahala Health Foundation, a Public 501(c)(3) Charity, was created to guarantee the continuing efforts of improving the health, wellness and lives of those that live in the six-county, westernmost region of North Carolina, this includes Cherokee, Clay, Graham, Jackson, Macon, Swain and the Qualla Boundary.
This is a great question, and one we receive often. Angel Medical Center’s Hospital Service Area reached into the far corners of all six-counties of WNC. The Board of Directors decided to ensure that the health and well-being of these communities would be their focus. This Foundation will produce profound and unprecedented effects on the health and wellness of our six-county region and the Qualla Boundary.
The Nantahala Health Foundation was created from a capacity building grant dispersed by Mission Health System. The grant was funded initially by an investment from the Mission Health-HCA transaction proceeds. Future funding will be determined by the progress the foundation makes in its inaugural year through a diverse array of initiatives that are currently in development.
The focus of our granting will be to invest in innovative programming to build capacity to better address the areas of social determinants of health: Education, Economic Stability, Healthcare, Neighborhood and Built Environment, and Social and Community Context. Please check back in with the NHF to see updates on funding priorities and partnering organizations. For now please visit our Funding Priorities and Needs page to learn more about the Social determinants of Health.
The Nantahala Health Foundation board will be made up of representatives from the six counties in westernmost North Carolina and the Qualla Boundary (the territory of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians). The Board of Directors can have up to 15 members, per its Bylaws.
Our physical office is located in Franklin, N.C.
Nantahala Health Foundation has launched our new website! Here all interested parties will be able to learn more about the Foundation, ask questions and eventually submit requests for funding. With regards to specific questions, please send email inquiries to firstname.lastname@example.org.
As it seeks to better understand the needs and opportunities of the counties it serves, the Nantahala Health Foundation will be seeking community input through meetings, surveys and interviews throughout 2019. We will also be exploring the work of existing organizations in the region to identify opportunities to partner to address the root causes of the health inequalities in our six-county region.
The Nantahala Health Foundation is a wholly independent organization that has no affiliation with HCA Healthcare.
While we are still finalizing the eligibility requirements, our mission is to invest in and collaborate with existing organizations in our six-county region and the Qualla Boundary who are addressing issues that significantly impact the health and well-being of all people in the communities we serve in.
There is no formal nature to the relationship between Nantahala Health Foundation and Dogwood Health Trust. NHF does not belong to Dogwood Health Trust and is a fully independent private foundation. The intent of NHF is to maintain and enhance resources (fundraising, convening and grantmaking) in the broader space of health and well-being in the communities it serves.
NHF is fully independent in its strategy for funding. The NHF is currently engaged in a strategic planning process to gather information that will define its future funding priorities. At which point, NHF, as a fully independent private foundation, will develop resources for community needs, as well as cases and networks of support for the critical gaps and disparities facing the six-westernmost counties and the Qualla Boundary.