Lincoln Community Health Center
received a $90,530 grant through the North Carolina Healthcare Foundation’s COVID-19 Fill the Gap Response Fund, which will be used to develop a targeted outreach and case management program to address the critical needs of children in immigrant and refugee families with limited English proficiency during COVID-19. “Our aim is to not only meet immediate needs in this vulnerable population, but also develop sustainable systems-level changes and generate key evidence to inform equitable policy development for vulnerable children and families impacted most significantly by COVID-19,” says Lincoln’s Dr. Emily Esmaili. Dr. Rushina Cholera of Duke University’s National Clinician Scholars Program will assist in this effort.
The North Carolina Central University School of Law, in partnership with the university’s School of Business and Department of Criminal Justice, launched the Social Justice and Racial Equality Initiative in early August to provide educational outreach on social justice, anti-racism and other equity concerns. The four-part initiative will establish: a Social Justice Lecture Series featuring scholars,
practicing attorneys and community leaders addressing topics that range from the impact of COVID-19 on communities of color to the persistence of environmental racism and economic injustice; a Social Justice Research Center to conduct and sponsor empirical research, draft and publish white papers and host conferences and workshops on social justice issues; a Social Justice Training Center to develop online training modules
Fletcher Hester, an
83-year-old Navy veteran and career USPS mail carrier was awarded Right at Home caregiver of the year for the Southeast region, one of four caregivers to receive the recognition out of more than 25,000 across the country. Fletcher joined the in-home care service Right at Home six years ago. Initially, he planned to provide transportation for companion clients. Over time, he learned more hands-on personal care skills and continues to develop his knowledge on dementia and cognitive impairment to help him with his current primary client. The National Endowment for the Arts awarded $60,000 to North Carolina Central University in support of programs for performing and visual artists. NCCU’s Teaching Artist Certificate Program received $10,000 through national funding initiative Art Works for scholarships and visits by guest artists. The university also received funds through the NEA as part of the CARES Act. This $50,000 grant will provide operating costs for the Teaching Artist Certificate Program, which was introduced in 2017 and offers comprehensive, online job-readiness training customized for artists who also teach. 19
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