28 Nov What types of projects and initiatives Dogwood Health would pursue or fund?
Thank you for asking this important question. We are incredibly excited about the many opportunities for the communities of western North Carolina through what we hope will be Dogwood Health Trust’s transformative capacity as the largest per capita foundation in the nation
It is the Trust’s intent to focus on the social determinants of health across all of western North Carolina. It is now well understood that our health is also determined in large part by factors unrelated to the delivery of medical care. Per the Center for Disease control, “our health is determined in part by access to social and economic opportunities; the resources and supports available in our homes, neighborhoods, and communities; the quality of our schooling; the safety of our workplaces; the cleanliness of our water, food, and air; and the nature of our social interactions and relationships. The conditions in which we live explain in part why some Americans are healthier than others and why Americans more generally are not as healthy as they could or should be.”
Dogwood Health Trust intends to dramatically improve the health and well-being of all people and communities across western North Carolina by partnering with our communities, including their non-profit organizations, to understand and address the barriers to health and well-being that are impacting our region. As just one example, children growing up in poverty often have limited access to healthy foods, they may not live in safe neighborhoods and they may not have access to quality early childhood learning and educational opportunities all of which are proven predictors of better health. Knowing that the Mission Health system will be operated by a best-in-class operator, the Trust can focus all of its efforts on these intractable, unreimbursed fundamental problems so that we can not only improve an individual’s and even a community’s health, we can also advance health equity. In doing so, we hope to help create a community that will be a beacon of hope for the state and nation.