Articles about Health & Wellness

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Watch: Health disparities in Charlotte along racial, socioeconomic fault lines
   August 31, 2021

Health and economic mobility are connected, and the burdens of poor health don't fall equally on different groups in our society.

In Charlotte, where you live — along with your race, income and other demographic factors — has a big impact on aspects of health, from access to pharmacies to fresh food and even average age of death. 

On Aug. 26, a panel of local experts convened...

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Join us for a virtual panel about health disparities in Charlotte
   August 2, 2021
Ely Portillo

Health influences everything from a person's ability to work to medical debt, and health inequalities have big consequences in our community on economic mobility and people's ability to get ahead. Yet the burden of poor health is not evenly spread, because of food deserts, lack of access to insurance, pharmacies and doctors, and the embedded effects of decades of racial segregation and...

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Seeking the third Gambrell Faculty Fellows cohort
   May 27, 2021
Lori Thomas

The UNC Charlotte Urban Institute, with support from The Gambrell Foundation, is now accepting applications for the next cohort of faculty fellows to study issues around economic mobility in the Charlotte region. The program will fund five projects this year, up to $15,000 each. 

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Mobilizing for climate change: Evaluating the Strategic Energy Action Plan, two years in
   March 19, 2021
Martin Zimmerman

Contributing writer Martin Zimmerman interviews Sarah Hazel, recently appointed as Chief Sustainability & Resiliency Officer for the city of Charlotte.
 
Sarah Hazel comes to the...

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How to get outside in difficult weather conditions
   January 5, 2021
Crystal Cockman

In addition to everything else in 2020, we had more than our fair share of rain. In fact, by early November we had already seen 53 inches of rain in the Triad region of North Carolina, which is well over a foot above our normal rain level for an average year. Charlotte received almost 59 inches of rain in 2020, far above average as well.

For someone who enjoys outdoor recreation as a...

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Helping our community ‘push on through’ the crisis
   September 14, 2020
Jeff Michael

A family friend’s favorite saying when things get tough is “we gotta push on through.” That brief statement reflects her reluctance to put a rosy spin on difficult circumstances —  especially when the path forward isn’t always clear — but also her belief in the need to keep moving forward anyway, using the resources available to make the best of the situation.

As we approach the six-...

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Housing First Process Evaluation: Many housed, but lessons to learn
   September 3, 2020
Lori Thomas
Joanne Carman

Housing First Charlotte-Mecklenburg (HFCM) was launched in 2015 to end chronic homelessness in Charlotte-Mecklenburg by scaling housing first, particularly the housing first permanent supportive housing model.

Housing first programs prioritize housing as an early step in service delivery, have low-barrier admissions policies, maximize client choice in housing and services, use a harm...

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Five key findings about the impact of COVID-19 on local renters and prioritizing rental assistance

COVID-19 has had an immediate and potentially lasting impact on the housing stability of low-income renters in Charlotte and the nation. Although the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently announced a federal eviction moratorium through the end of 2020, missed rent is not being forgiven.

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Coronavirus resources: Data, maps and more
   May 19, 2020
Ely Portillo
The coronavirus pandemic has generated a flood of data, maps and other resources to track the spread — and places to get help — throughout the region. Many of these resources are scattered across different websites and dashboards. Here’s a brief summary of what’s available, collected in one place. We will update this list as the pandemic goes on. Read more


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One month into the coronavirus crisis, food and housing insecurity rise
   April 15, 2020
Bridget Anderson
Since the coronavirus lockdowns began, Mecklenburg’s resource helpline has seen housing assistance requests jump 219% and food assistance jump 747%. These numbers are an indication of the dramatic impacts we’re seeing unfold on Charlotte-Mecklenburg’s economy.  Read more