NNSI Editorial Team

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#WickedProblemsinWellness: Community-Driven Health Initiatives

In the pursuit of creating a healthier and more equitable society, community-driven health initiatives emerge as powerful catalysts for change. These initiatives, often led by grassroots organizations deeply embedded within their communities, represent a powerful force for driving change and addressing healthcare disparities. By empowering local communities to take charge of their health, these initiatives create sustainable and impactful solutions rooted in each community’s unique needs and strengths. Researching the

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#WickedProblemsinWellness: Food Justice and Health Equity

In a world where abundance coexists with scarcity, where farmers’ markets flourish in affluent neighborhoods while food deserts persist in marginalized communities, the issue of food justice stands as a stark reminder of systemic inequities. Food justice encompasses every individual’s right to access healthy, culturally appropriate, and sustainably produced food. However, reality paints a different picture—socioeconomic status, race, and geographic location often determine access to nutritious food. Health equity reflects

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Wicked Problems: The Social Determinants of Health

We all care about our health, and when things go wrong, we typically blame some combination of bad genetics, risky lifestyle choices, and limited access to medical care or medical resources. Our social environment is a major factor in the relative outcome of our health.  Environmental factors and social factors that influence health outcomes are called the social determinants of health. The link between the state of our social environment

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Research Insights

How Can You Enhance Virtual Volunteers’ Commitment?

Volunteering may look different now than it did before the pandemic. After being forced to continue operations remotely for the better part of 2020 and 2021, some organizations are now leaning into the use of virtual volunteering as a way of gathering volunteers regardless of physical location. But how does this influence the ways that volunteers give their time? And how does this affect the “why” behind volunteering? Volunteering rates

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#SystemsofCareInsights: Policymaker Insights. Rethinking Evaluations and Using Multiple Measures (3/3)

Rethinking Evaluations: Navigating services related to health– housing, employment, transportation, etc.– can be extremely difficult. That’s why state leaders in North Carolina created NCCARE360, a network that provides public access to resources and aids organizations in collaborating on referrals. As the first statewide coordinated care network, NCCARE360 has onboarded over 2,500 organizations and helped over 42,000 users. But how can state leaders even get started creating a network like NCCARE360?