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.

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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Growing a Culture of Healthy Eating

Kale might not be the first thing that comes to mind when you think of food at a child care center, but the green vegetable was the theme of the week during a visit to Raleigh’s Childcare Network #61. The center was recognized for its urban agriculture efforts when awarded a Raleigh Environmental Award in 2016.

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Look for the John Rex Endowment on Facebook

We are thrilled to announce that the John Rex Endowment can now be found on Facebook! We'll use this platform to promote the work of our grantees and others whose work aligns with our funding interests.  Plus, we’ll share resources that support the efforts of children and families of Wake County to live healthier lives.  We can't wait to continue the conversation about the great work being done in our community on this new platform and hope to "see" you there!

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What Nature Teaches Children: NLI's Nilda Cosco Addresses TEDxRaleigh

Nature is good for children. That was the theme of NC State University's Dr. Nilda Cosco's talk at the 2016 TEDxRaleigh. In her role at NCSU’s Natural Learning Initiative, Dr. Cosco takes her expertise in children’s outdoor environments directly to local child care centers. Dr. Cosco makes the case that a child’s development will enhance in countless ways when a child is engaged with outdoor spaces that are intentionally designed for play and learning.

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SKIPP Project Brings Injury Prevention Partners Together

Anyone working with youth can benefit from education and assistance in understanding effective approaches to reduce childhood injury. Is this you? The Skills & Knowledge for Injury Prevention Partners (SKIPP) Project provides networking and no-cost training opportunities to increase knowledge of injury prevention and to ensure that efforts are effective in creating safe environments for children. Read the perspectives of recent SKIPP training participants, Theresa Flynn MD, Colisha Gilbert and Tyeshia Hill.

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Communities Invest Time to Build Relationships for Injury Prevention

Individuals from 34 organizations engaged with colleagues at the June 16 event “Improving the Conditions in which Children, Youth and Families Live” hosted by the Skills & Knowledge for Injury Prevention Partners (SKIPP) Project.  Keynote speaker Dr. Peter Morris set the stage as he spoke of the conditions that may influence a child’s life. Six local initiatives highlighted their work and experience in preventing childhood injury.

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