Frequently Asked Questions

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Which counties will you be serving?

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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.

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Why would the Nantahala Health Foundation serve six counties and the Qualla Boundary, when Angel Medical Center was seated in Franklin, NC?

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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.

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How was the Nantahala Health Foundation created?

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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.

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When will you be deciding which areas of the Social Determinants of Health you will support?

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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.

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How many people will sit on your Board?

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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.

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Where are you located?

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Our physical office is located in Franklin, N.C.

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How can we, as a community, be kept informed of what is happening at the Nantahala Health Foundation?

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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 info@nantahalahealthfoundation.org.

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When will you begin dispersing grants?

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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.

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What will the relationship be between NHF and HCA Healthcare?

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The Nantahala Health Foundation is a wholly independent organization that has no affiliation with HCA Healthcare.

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Who will be eligible for receiving grants from the Foundation?

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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.

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What is the relationship between the Nantahala Health Foundation and Dogwood Health Trust?

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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.

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Will the Nantahala Health Foundation be funding the same priorities as Dogwood Health Trust?

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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.