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Imperative 1
Healthy Children & Families

Our Vision

Families and individuals of all ages thrive in North Carolina. From early childhood well past retirement, our citizens are mentally and physically fit, with no significant differences in health across racial, ethnic, or geographic lines. Our most vulnerable citizens — children and the elderly — are surrounded by a supportive family and community.
Foster financial self reliance Family income
Child poverty
Elder poverty
Poverty puts people at risk of nearly every negative factor we can measure, including poor health, failure in school, child abuse and neglect, inadequate housing, and crime. All of these factors create a drain on the rest of the community as well. Unless we tackle this core problem, we will forever be addressing its consequences.
Encourage healthy lifestyles Longevity
Substance abuse

If our citizens are to be healthy and if we're to lower the cost of health care, increase our productive capacity, and enjoy life to its fullest, we should first look at how we live. In North Carolina, the answer is none too well. We see a high prevalence of lifestyle-related ailments, such as heart disease, stroke and diabetes.

Ensure access to good health care Health insurance
Primary care access
Child health care
Mental health care
Public Health
Lack of access to health care carries a high price tag. People avoid or are unable to obtain preventative services. Delays in treatment result in later diagnoses when illnesses are more expensive to treat. Those high costs in turn get passed along to the public and private individuals and companies with the ability to pay.
Sustain stable & nurturing families Family stability
Child neglect
Domestic abuse
No matter how young or old, if we're to thrive -- physically, mentally, emotionally -- we need to feel safe and nurtured in our own homes. Growing children and teens need a secure home base from which to explore the world. Adults, too, need the support that friends and family provide.