Partnerships

At Nantahala Health Foundation, we are working to build and maintain partnerships with forward-thinking organizations focused on improving the overall health and well-being of the region. To date, our investments in health and wellness initiatives total more than $2.2 million, with these funds building the capacity of some 78 regional organizations. 

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Caney Fork Community Development Council

Caney Fork CDC Logo

Total Grant Funding: $10,000
Grant Cycle: 2020 NIMble
Priority Area: Economic Security

To support the continuation of services, specifically the purchase of food boxes and milk to address hunger in the community; installing Internet for the purpose of providing a community hotspot; and structural ceiling repair where services are provided.

Man using tablet computer

Center for Domestic Peace

Total Grant Funding: $7,210
Grant Cycles: 2020 NIMble, 31 Days of Giving
Priority Area: Economic Security

To provide iPads with Internet connectivity to expand opportunities for access to health and education for victims of domestic violence.

Impact: "Clients who used our iPad library to access resources during the pandemic reported that having access to the resource greatly eased the strain of finding ways to communicate with their therapists. Other reported client uses have been compiling information for their attorneys, providing entertainment for their children while waiting for court or other appointments, and allowing them to apply to and even start jobs with online/remote components."

Cherokee Educational Mannequin
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Total Grant Funding: $66,367
Grant Cycles: 2019, 2020 NIMble, 2021 NIMble
Priority Area: Education

To support the purchase of simulation mannequin (2019) and the establishment of a nurses aide educational program (Phase I in 2020 and Phase II in 2021). Photo provided by grantee.

Getting this (2020 NIMble) grant to purchase the HVAC system had a major impact on the Hayesville Yellow Jacket Air Rifle Team, which was developed to provide an outlet for students who might not be able to participate in other sports activities. Because it is an indoor activity, it can be a year-round sport with the appropriate environmental controls. We began the program without heating and air conditioning. This took a toll on both our coaches and students. Several students have health conditions that limited their time in the program. We wanted to be able to serve all students. Coaches have also been affected by environmental conditions. One of the coaches had to actually quit the program because the lack of air circulation made the environmental conditions hazardous to his health. Since we need all our coaches to be able to adequately coach and supervise the students, this severely limited the time coaches can spend with students. The new HVAC system has been a game-changer for the program.

Clay County Community for Students

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Total Grant Funding: $33,828
Grant Cycle: 2020 NIMble, 2020 CHIP
Priority Area: Education

To purchase an HVAC system to be installed at the Community Service Center to support afterschool options for underserved students (NIMble) and to address needs related to education, economic stability and health as they relate to community well-being in light of COVID-19 safety measures, specifically to create safe spaces during the 2021 spring school semester that will provide reliable internet, supervision, assignment assistance, nutritious meals and social interaction (CHIP).

Impact: "When we began this process (2020 CHIP application), we couldn't fully understand the great need that would be met through these sites, for example, Lydia (named changed) came to us with significant social distress due to long-term quarantine and school closings. She was an excellent 8th-grade student, but the stress and limited socialization caused by at-home learning left her mother concerned. Lydia’s mother shared that her daughter had become so subdued that she practically hid behind her when they went out in public. She brought Lydia to New Life in hopes of regaining that bubbly, outgoing young lady she had always been. When Lydia left us, she was ready to venture out and socialize with others!”

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Clay County Emergency Medical Services

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Total Grant Funding: $95,000
Grant Cycle: 2019
Priority Area: Health and Healthcare

To initiate the Community Paramedicine Program, which allows paramedics and emergency medical technicians (EMTs) to operate in expanded roles by assisting with public health and primary healthcare and preventive services to underserved populations in the community. The goals are to improve access to care and to avoid duplicating existing services.

Impact: "The Community Paramedicine Program has allowed EMTs to operate in expanded paramedic roles by assisting with public health, primary healthcare, and preventive services to underserved and chronic patients. NHF were instrumental in leveraging nearly $150,000 in additional funds to support this project."

Recently, we celebrated the birthday of one of our 85-year-old patrons who has been diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer. This was a bitter-sweet time, but it was a joy to have a place that is bright, cheerful, and conducive to hosting such events. Soon, we will have a “kitchen dedication ceremony” to remember and honor the life of one of our long-time volunteers from our Meals on Wheels program who died during the COVID pandemic at age 87. She was a key preparer for more than 12 years and very active with the center until her last days. ~ Department of Social Service Director Todd Goins

Clay County Senior Center

Clay County Government Logo

Total Grant Funding: $10,000
Grant Cycle: 2020 NIMble
Priority Area: Economic Security

To purchase tables, chairs, and associated storage caddy for the county's Senior Center to ensure the continuation of services while meeting current COVID-19 sanitation standards. Photo provided by grantee.

Impact: "The new furniture has vastly improved our facility, bringing new life to our outdated building. These updates are not only aesthetically pleasing, they have greatly improved our ability to maintain COVID safety protocols. Our seniors have already been utilizing the facility for yoga, knitting, woodworking and other activities. Our painting classes have also resumed. Additionally, the Senior Center has been the site for free-tax preparation, a valuable service that saves our seniors and other qualifying individuals from $75 - $500 per person, allowing them to use the money saved for other needful items. This would not have been possible without funding from NHF's Nimble grant."

Food pantry box

Clay County Food Pantry

Clay County Food Pantry sign

Total Grant Funding: $40,000
Grant Cycle: 2019
Priority Area: Economic Security

To initiate the community paramedica program, which allows paramedics and emergency medical technicians (EMTs) to operate in expanded roles by assisting with public health and primary healthcare and preventive services to underserved populations in the community. The goals are to improve access to care and to avoid duplicating existing services.

Child at dentist
Clay County Government Logo

Total Grant Funding: $90,000
Grant Cycle: 2019
Priority Area: Health and Healthcare

To serve the community by providing necessary dental services to children and pregnant women. By fulfilling this mission they have had the opportunity to help people through denistry and beyond.

Impact: "The program faced a slow start due to complications with COVID-19, which included school closures and restrictions. With the support of NHF, health department staff transitioned mobile services back to the clinic, which became the most viable option due to the Corona Virus. Between July and December 2020, they saw 668 children from birth to age 18."

Clay County Schools Nursing Station
Clay County Schools Logo

Total Grant Funding: $74,613
Grant Cycles: 2019, 2020 NIMble
Priority Area: Health and Healthcare

To employee a school-based counselor (2019) and to establish three school nursing stations to expand access to care for students and the broader community (2020). A golf cart was included to quickly and efficiently transport staff between stations at the various school campuses. Photo provided by grantee.

Impact: "Having fully-equipped nursing stations in each school has made a dramatic change in the care our school nurses can provide to our staff and students at a time when they need it most."

Plexi-glass on county vans
Clay County Government Logo

Total Grant Funding: $28,000
Grant Cycles: 2019, 2020 NIMble
Priority Area: Transportation

To subsidize employment transportation (2019) and to install plexi-glass barriers to all fleet vehicles as a COVID-19 safety measure (2020). Photo provided by grantee.

Impact: "For the entire grant period January-December 2020, CCT traveled 19,241 miles and completed 1,441 passenger trips. We appreciate the partnership with NHF to purchase the shields to help keep our drivers safe with the ongoing threat of COVID."

Total Grant Funding: $10,000
Grant Cycles: 2020 NIMble
Priority Area: Health and Healthcare

To purchase face coverings and hand sanitizers to supply as protective equipment to churches and small businesses located in Swain County, while serving to build momentum and support for the work of the Coalition. Photo provided by grantee.

Impact: The Coalition purchased 2,160 adult face masks and 2,160 personal hand sanitizers in November 2020. A team from the Coalition delivered both products to local business and churches throughout Swain County. Deliveries before Christmas were made to locally owned small businessess in the "tourist" section of Bryson City. Deliveries after Christmas have been made to other small businessess and churches further out in the Swain County.

Lab blood samples

Total Grant Funding: $70,000
Grant Cycles: 2019, 2020 NIMble
Priority Area: Health and Healthcare

To increase access to healthcare and the agency's medication assistance program (2019) and to support laboratory draw fees and urgent diagnostic imaging services for low-income and uninsured members of the community (2020).

Magnified Covid Virus
Community Foundation of WNC Logo

Total Grant Funding: $25,000
Grant Cycle: 2019, 2020 NIMble
Priority Area: COVID-19 Emergency Fund

To support the Community Foundation of Western North Carolina grow its Emergency and Disaster Response Fund in response to the ongoing COVID-19 health crisis.

2021 NIMble Recipients

Grant Distribution Date: June 2021
Number of Partners: 27
Total Funds Invested: $204,222
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31 Days of Giving

Grant Distribution Date: December 2020
Number of Partners: 14
Total Regional Invested: $33,275
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2020 CHIP Recipients

Grant Distribution Date: December 2020
Number of Partners: 11
Total Regional Invested: Nearly $420,000
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2020 NIMble Recipients

Grant Distribution Date: October 2020
Number of Partners: 31
Total Regional Investment: Nearly $273,000
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2019 Grant Recipients

Grant Distribution Date: December 2019
Number of Partners: 28
Total Regional Investment: Nearly $1.5 million
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