At Nantahala Health Foundation, we build and maintain partnerships with forward-thinking organizations focused on improving the overall health and well-being of the region. To date through December 2021, our investments in health and wellness initiatives total more than $3.13 million, with these funds building the capacity of some 148 regional organizations.
To support their mission to Help Children Succeed by providing a cradle-to-career continuum of services. In partnership with families, they meet basic needs and provide positive child and youth development programming to all ages. Photo from grantee's website.
To purchase three body temperature kiosks to be installed at the entry points to the hospital (2020) and to support the establishment of a health clinic within the Graham County School System, thus providing children and teachers direct access to medical care (2021). Photos provided by grantee.
NIMble 2020 Impact: "Due to the need for 24/7 staffing at the screening station in the Emergency Department, the infrared kiosks eliminated the need for six FTEs to be dedicated to screening instead of the three we originally calculated. This allowed clinical departments to pull back staff who were critically needed during the COVID crisis. We hope that this will have a positive effect on our ED quality metrics as well, with their ease of use and quicker screening times."
NIMble 2021 Impact: By the the third month that the clinic has been opened, they had already seen the following numbers: • Total number of patients: 260 • Patients over 18: 82 • Patients under 18: 177 • Total visits: 327 • Acute Care/Sick Visits: 281 • Preventative Visits: 46
For owner-occupied home repairs and modifications to household with combined incomes below 60% AMI. Home repairs should restore or maintain safe and healthy living conditions, including those that ensure elderly residents can safely age in their homes or address physical challenges or disabilities.
To support expanded hours for their kitchen staff/cook to meet the increased needs related to hunger in Swain County.
Impact: "Our goal was to reduce food insecurity in Swain and Jackson counties. With support from NHF we were able to secure our cook position and continue to serve hot healthy meals to our community. The Giving Spoon has been able to provide food to 100% of people requesting meals. We have never had to turn anyone away and never closed our doors during the COVID pandemic. Our delivery routes for those lacking transportation to pick up meals has increased."
To increase food security for at-risk Jackson County residents. Photo provided from grantee's website photo gallery.
To support the purchase of a passenger vehicle for their residential program. Photo provided by grantee.
To purchase a walk-in freezer to support their efforts to address food insecurity in Graham County (2020), expand their current food pantry capacity (2021), and support of overall operations (31 Days).
Impact: "As it has turned out, the grant funds provided from the NHF met a critical need at a critical time, but more needs have arisen in the interim. Grace Place is so very grateful for the assistance given to us and the interest and friendship we recognize as growing with NHF." Photo by NHF.
To purchase equipment to enable secure and seamless mobility of the department's workforce.
Impact: "Workers have reported increased flexibility, efficiency and mobility. Workers have been able to work remotely when they have been quarantined, when their children have been quarantined, or when a remote day is needed to catch up on paperwork. Transitioning from remote to in-office is seamless."
To construct a greenhouse for the Academy Program to provide a venue for student instruction in gardening, sustainable horticulture, and business management, (2019) and to repair the elementary school's freezer by replacing its compressor, thus ensuring the safety of food available to students (2021). Photo provided by grantee.
Impact: "Once the kit arrived, Robbinsville High School’s Carpentry Class offered to construct the greenhouse to save money and to keep us under budget, and to provide building experience for the students."
To purchase comprehensive first aid kits for each patrol car, thus ensuring Sheriff's Department officers may provide first-responder medical care as needed.
Impact: "We have already used one of the bag masks from the grant in a lifesaving situation. This had a direct effect on saving the person's life; the result might have been different had the victim had to wait on other assistance to arrive."
To address food insecurity in the surrounding community through education and production of nutritious foods with an emphasis on the elderly and taking into consideration their special needs with growing methods. Photo provided by grantee.
Impact: "We have engaged some 100 elderly participants in container gardening, offered support and have been receiving success stories from participants who are harvesting tomatoes, squash, lettuce and cucumbers. It was our goal to decrease food insecurity while increasing personal involvement and offer an activity to lower stress and improve movement. We have a wide array of participants with various skill levels. We have helped individuals who use to farm 15-20 acres before age and health prohibited; helped some who have never grown vegetables; and have had the privilege of helping several use the gardening project as an agri-therapy activity while recovering from heart and COVID-related health issues."
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