Beyond our wonder at the display of individual physical prowess, countless emotion-evoking stories of teamwork will leave us impressed and inspired to work together to achieve new performance peaks of our own. The inspiration will be good for us.
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Even before those games begin, it is clear we will all need to “up our game” statewide if we are to improve North Carolina’s prosperity. It will take heavy lifting to move the state up from its position as 32nd in health in the nation, place us ahead of the national average in adults with at least a high school diploma, decrease our poverty rates while increasing our economic mobility opportunities, and build an infrastructure that meets the needs of our growing population.
We know how hard you’re working on these issues. We’ve seen your recent levels of interest in our Healthcare Innovations report, our Gen Z “Moving to Action Faster” webinar series, and from the 1,600+ of you who voted in the digital rural health advocacy grant competition.
To surge forward, however, we will need to draw more deeply on North Carolina’s long history of citizens working together to solve pressing challenges. Peak performance will require us all to support the efforts of many more people in many more places across North Carolina.
To do our part at IEI, we need to better understand whether we are reaching and capturing diverse perspective, how we are supporting your current efforts in building your communities and our state, and how else we might serve you. Please take a moment to update your profile with IEI.
Before you sigh at having yet another opportunity in life to fill out boxes, please note that completing/updating your profile will really help us to be sure the opportunities we provide matter most to you and that we include in our work diverse perspectives from all sectors, regions, and adult generations. And, as a bonus, we won’t have to ask you to submit this information when you are hurriedly trying to register for one of our convenings, webinars, or online discussions.
We may never showcase our efforts on a world stage, such as the Olympics, but together we can prepare North Carolina to reach new heights.