The John Rex Endowment has the privilege of supporting organizations who join with us to create an environment where children and families in greater Wake County live healthy lives. In our pursuit, we pride ourselves on being a learning organization — one that constantly strives to improve based on insights gained from all experiences.
In this section we provide grant project updates, stories reflecting what we and our grantees are learning, plus reports and resources on child health. You'll find information related to social determinants of health, healthy foods & active living, injury prevention and safety, mental health, social and emotional well-being, and nonprofit and coalition effectiveness.
Municipal governments can play an important role in creating economically strong, healthy, and equitable communities. Six Wake County cities/towns validated this statement through their efforts to create healthier environments for children by increasing access to healthy foods and active living opportunities. The report, “Local Governments as Health Champions,” is the story of municipalities (Fuquay-Varina, Garner, Knightdale, Morrisville, Raleigh and Zebulon) tackling projects targeting long-lasting and wide-scale change.Read More
In 2017, the John Rex Endowment commissioned the North Carolina Institute for Public Health (NCIPH) to conduct an Assessment and create an online Story Map to describe how social, economic and environmental conditions in Wake County can affect children and their families’ health and well-being. Because of this wealth of information and to maximize its use, we are pleased to share the slides and the recorded 90-minute webinar "Mapping SDOH for Children and Families in Wake County".Read More
It’s early in the school day at Lynn Road Elementary School. There are 16 four-year-olds sitting cross-legged on their puzzle piece foam mats taking part in group time. The children have on their listening ears as one child tells his teacher and friends about a problem he faced earlier that morning. When the little boy finishes his story, the teacher reaches for the SEFEL-inspired Solution Suitcase and the group conversation turns to problem solving.Read More
The North Carolina Institute for Public Health (NCIPH) recently completed an assessment and online Story Map (with User Guide) commissioned by the John Rex Endowment to describe how conditions in Wake County can affect children and their families’ health and well-being. Using the Esri® Story Map with geographic information system technology, NCIPH staff mapped 12 key indicators to geographically identify assets and areas with higher opportunity for improvements.Read More
On June 21, the Skills and Knowledge for Injury Prevention Partners (SKIPP) Project held its 4th annual networking event. This year‘s theme “Talking the Walk: Sharing Successes, Stories, and Opportunities to Prevent Child and Youth Injury in Wake County NC” attracted participants representing 21 different organizations which supported opportunities to make connections and share experiences in discussions of the prevention of childhood injury and violence.Read More
Patricia Cardoso, director of diversion programs at Haven House Services, shared her organization’s experience of completing a John Rex Endowment planning grant and how that work shaped the implementation of a new approach to violence prevention.Read More
According to a survey conducted by the John Rex Endowment, group learning opportunities are of particular interest to nonprofits. To facilitate that interest, in Resources for Applicants and Grantees we provide Nonprofit Learning Resources which lists Triangle-based group learning opportunities related to nonprofit capacity building.Read More