Improving Health Care for the Low-Income Uninsured
New networks and collaborations are helping communities across the Carolinas as they look for ways to improve access to health care services for those who do not have insurance. With more than one in six people uninsured in North Carolina and South Carolina, the need for strong partnerships to provide comprehensive services is critical. In 2008, The Duke Endowment played a pivotal role in developing statewide resources to help strengthen and expand the networks.
Uniting to Provide Food for Seniors
A collaboration among various churches in rural North Carolina is providing seniors with free boxes of canned goods, cereal, dried fruit and other staples to help stretch their often limited grocery budgets. For those who depend on the boxes, the church and food bank partners also are sowing bountiful blessings through the effort. In 2008, The Duke Endowment awarded a $90,000 grant to help launch the Senior Box program is Lincoln County.
Partnering to Develop Environmentally Sustainable Campuses
A new collaboration among the four schools that The Duke Endowment funds in higher education — Johnson C. Smith University, Davidson College, Furman University and Duke University — has everyone seeing green. Through the partnership, the schools are combining their resources and knowledge to look for ways each campus can adopt more earth-friendly practices. In 2008, The Duke Endowment awarded a $500,000 grant to the four institutions to work together to become more environmentally sustainable.
Teaming to Keep Babies Safe
A national program to prevent inflicted traumatic brain injury in infants, known as Shaken Baby Syndrome, is making a difference in North Carolina. With more than 1,400 babies in the United States receiving medical treatment each year as a result of inflicted injury, program leaders are working to reduce hospitalizations and death by educating parents. In 2008, the Endowment teamed with the Doris Duke Charitable Trust and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to fund the $7 million statewide launch of the program.