Sharing Insights

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.


Arts Access Encourages Meaningful Engagement for Children with Disabilities

Arts Access, the Wake County nonprofit founded in 1982 to make the arts accessible to people with disabilities, recently received a three-year grant from the John Rex Endowment to continue the work of their pilot project entitled Wake Arts Inclusion Project (WAIP). Educators and community leaders agree that the arts are good for kids’ mental and socio-emotional well-being, helping them develop their identities, build self-esteem and form relationships. However, studies show that kids with disabilities aren’t meaningfully included in arts opportunities at the same rate as their peers without disabilities, in both school and out-of-school time settings.

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Youth Thrive Works Collaboratively on Youth Issues

Wake County’s Youth Thrive, a John Rex Endowment grantee, is a successful collaborative that amplifies the reach of resources available to youth by increasing communication, identifying gaps and aligning resources for youth programs and services. The collaboration is comprised of a broad array of more than 40 organizations and professionals serving youth ages 5-18 in Wake County including the school system, afterschool providers, government, health and human services, juvenile justice, law enforcement, faith-based organizations, business and behavioral health.

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Partners Share Thoughts about Delivering Community Services

In October 2018, we released our Strategic Roadmap setting the stage for how the John Rex Endowment will meet the challenges facing Wake County children and their families. Following the announcement, we invited community partners to join our staff for one of three “Coffee and Conversation” sessions for the opportunity to discuss and ask questions about the Roadmap. The sessions brought together 36 people from over 30 organizations.

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Local Governments as Health Champions

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.

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Mapping SDOH in Wake County: Webinar Available Online

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".

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Developing Social and Emotional Behaviors Leads to Improved Learning Skills

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.

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Using an Interactive Map to Look at Social Determinants of Health in Wake County

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.

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