A statewide collaborative effort to align North Carolina’s public, private, and philanthropic resources to “buy health” through investments in critical community infrastructure health drivers such as food and housing.
Access to healthy food and affordable housing are crucial to North Carolina’s overall physical, emotional, and economic health. Leaders across the state have repeatedly raised questions about how to ensure communities have necessary resources. The North Carolina Investment Map represents a new way of thinking about community investments: showing stakeholders how to align contributions locally to build community capacity and reduce historical inequities.
The Investment Map identifies ways to align North Carolina’s financial resources to meet the social needs having the greatest impact on North Carolinians’ health. Starting with access to healthy food and safe housing, these “promising strategies” highlight the critical role local businesses and community-based organizations can and should play as part of the solution. Their mobilization of North Carolina’s funds should amplify community voices, reinforce local jobs, and address racial inequities.
Strengthening access to healthy food through local infrastructure, ecosystem investments, and advocacy
Safeguarding access to affordable housing through preservation, expansion, resilience, and infrastructure
Institutions of various sectors and sizes have a role to play in creating the conditions that make North Carolinians healthy. In particular, the Investment Map seeks to bring together stakeholders—including public agencies, health insurers, health systems, other large businesses, philanthropy, and community economic development organizations— who deploy financial and other resources toward health, food, and housing. By providing them with high-value, strategic opportunities, they will be in position to support providers of those services in communities across the state.