July 2012

As 900,000 visitors descend on London later this week, the 10,000 athletes among them will thrill both eager crowds in the stadiums and fans back in their home countries.  It will be an exciting time across the globe. 

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.

Anita

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Engage!

Want to engage more with IEI? Check out these different opportunities to see how you can become more involved:

  • Moving to Action Faster Webinar Series: You’ve got a great idea. You care about an issue. But how do you gather people around you to make a difference? Join us Aug. 9 at 3 p.m. for the latest webinar in our Moving to Action Faster series, “Organizing Your Community for Collective Action.” Learn more and register here
  • Partner Spotlight: Share your story of how you’re helping Gen Z and NC move forward. We’ll highlight selected efforts in our new newsletter section, “Partner Spotlight.” 
  • Healthcare Innovations: Please take a moment to share IEI’s healthcare innovation report and allied health demonstration model
  • Follow Us: Want the most recent updates from us? Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn.

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Rural Digital Advocacy Grant Program

More than 1,600 of you voted for your favorite projects to win $10,000 in our Rural Digital Advocacy Grant program. You can learn more about each of the projects here. Stay tuned to learn who won!
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Healthcare Innovations Report Update

The Institute for Emerging Issues has had two goals for healthcare innovation for the past two years: to improve healthcare access, quality and cost and to maximize the industry’s economic development potential for North Carolina.

Defining new opportunities for our state to grow a skilled workforce, raising awareness about the economic impact of health, and highlighting the importance of engaging the next generation in this work have been critical to developing North Carolina’s competitive advantage in the healthcare industry. The work has centered on IEI engaging hundreds of stakeholders to attain these goals.

Click here to read our full report, and to learn more about the demonstration model that was created out of the Forum and follow up working sessions.
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Gen Z Webinar Series Moving to Action Faster : Organizing for Collective Action

Moving to Action Faster: Organizing Your Community for Collective Action
Aug. 9, 3 p.m.
You’ve got a great idea. You care about an issue. But how do you gather people around you to make a difference? Join us Aug. 9 at 3 p.m. for the latest webinar in our Moving to Action Faster series, “Organizing Your Community for Collective Action.” How do you identify the right people to move your ideas? How do you work across generations? What are the various methods to gather these individuals together? And how can you channel enthusiasm for action? Join UNC Professor Charles Price; Burns Stanfield, the president of the nationally renowned Greater Boston Interfaith Organization (GBIO); and Linda Harrill from Communities in Schools of North Carolina for a conversation on how to inspire and mobilize your community! Sign up today.

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Gen Z Webinar Series Moving to Action Faster : Organizing for Collective Action