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.

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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June Event Brings Together Childhood Injury and Violence Prevention Advocates

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.

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