NCCARE360 is the first statewide social needs referral platform in the country and has connected more than 87,326 North Carolinians to needed services since its creation in 2019
Cary, North Carolina – The Foundation for Health Leadership and Innovation (FHLI) today announced the awarding of grants to 15 community organizations in 10 Triangle-area counties to support the growth and network health of NCCARE360. NCCARE360 is the first statewide network in the country that unites health care and human services organizations, assesses for, and identifies unmet social needs, and enables a coordinated, community-oriented, person-centered approach for delivering care in North Carolina.
As part of the NCCARE360 Community Organization and Network Support Agency Health Equity Grants program, FHLI is awarding two separate grant awards. The first, the Community Organizations Health Equity Grant, will onboard community-based organizations onto or increase their use of NCCARE360. The goal is to help these organizations connect the people they serve to other community services and increase their own capacity to respond to referrals. The second, the Network Support Agency Health Equity Grant, will provide funding for organizations to serve as local hubs and support clusters of community-based organizations currently on the NCCARE360 network through meaningful technical assistance for use of the platform. Both grants will work across healthcare and community organizations to create cross-sector partnerships to better address whole-person health.
“On any given day in North Carolina one in five children are considered food insecure,” said Darrell Deaton, NCCARE360 Vice President. “More than 1.2 million North Carolinians cannot find affordable housing. If we’re to strengthen the health of our state, we must find ways to connect our neighbors with the basic services of food, housing, transportation, and others. That is the purpose of NCCARE360. These grants, announced today, will help our communities accelerate their ability to leverage the platform to meet these critical needs of those they serve.”
Selected awardees deliver services in Chatham, Durham, Franklin, Granville, Harnett, Johnston, Lee, Orange, Vance, and Wake counties. The grant period for the awards runs from March 2022 through May 2023.
|Community Organization Grant Awardees|
|The Arc of North Carolina||Lee County Health Department|
|B & D Integrated Health Services||LGBT Center of Raleigh|
|End Hunger Durham||Orange County Partnership to End Homelessness|
|Haven House||Raleigh Immigrant Community|
|HAVEN in Lee County||Raleigh Wake Partnership to End & Prevent Homelessness|
|InterACT||Veteran Bridge Home|
|Network Support Agency Grant Awardees|
|Duke Health SDOH Network|
|El Centro Hispano|
|North Carolina Justice Center|
“NCCARE360 is a critical tool to integrate medical and non-medical drivers of health,” said Erika Walsh, Director of Healthy Opportunities at the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services. “These grant opportunities will allow us to grow the NCCARE360 network to better connect North Carolinians to the services they need to be healthy and well, and foster and strengthen sustainable partnerships between healthcare and community-based organizations to address health, not just healthcare.”
The grant funding was made available to NCDHHS through the CDC’s largest investment to date to support communities affected by COVID-19-related health disparities. It is part of $2.25 billion provided through the federal Coronavirus Response & Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act.
Since January 2019, NCCARE360 has grown its network to 2,664 organizations with 5,666 active programs. By the end of February 2022, NCCARE360 had received more than 169,788 referrals and served more than 87,326 clients across the state.
NCCARE360 is the first statewide network that unites health care and human services organizations, assesses for, and identifies unmet social needs, and enables a coordinated, community-oriented, person-centered approach for delivering care in North Carolina. NCCARE 360 helps providers electronically connect those with identified needs to community resources and allows for feedback and follow up. This solution ensures accountability for services delivered, provides a “no wrong door” approach, closes the loop on every referral made, and reports outcomes of that connection. NCCARE360 is available in all 100 counties across North Carolina. NCCARE360 is the result of a strong public-private partnership between the NC Department of Health and Human Services (NCDHHS) and the Foundation for Health Leadership & Innovation (FHLI). The NCCARE360 implementation team includes United Way of NC, NC 2-1-1, Expound Decision Systems, and Unite Us.
About Foundation for Health Leadership & Innovation
Launched in 1982 under the leadership of James D. Bernstein, the Foundation for Health Leadership (FHLI) develops innovative programs—and helps establish strong partnerships—that advance affordable, sustainable, quality health services that improve the overall health of communities in North Carolina and beyond.
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