NC Alliance for Health

Help for Non-Profits

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Congress has passed three different pieces of legislation to address the impact of COVID-19. Several components of those new laws can help nonprofits survive.

Paycheck Protection Program

The Paycheck Protection Program builds on the Small Business Administration’s (SBA) emergency loans. The loan can pay for 8 weeks of employee salary, benefits, and payroll costs, plus mortgage, rent, and utility costs. It excludes payroll costs for employees making more than $100,000. If you retain your staff through June 30, 2020, any loan proceeds will be forgiven. 501(c)3 nonprofits with less than 500 employees are eligible. The maximum loan size is 2.5 times your average monthly payroll, up to $10 million. The SBA has information on their website. You apply through a local lender and applications open on Friday, April 3 and the money ($350 billion) is expected to go quickly.

Sick and Family Leave Paid by the Government

This provision requires employers with fewer than 500 employees to provide employees affected by COVID-19 with paid sick leave and paid family/medical leave. Employees must be provided with: up to 80 hours of paid sick leave at their regular rate if they are unable to work due to being quarantined or experiencing COVID-19 symptoms or up to 80 hours of paid sick leave at two-thirds their rate of pay to care for a child whose school/child care is closed due to COVID-19 or to care for an individual sick with COVID-19. Additionally, employers must provide up to an additional 10 weeks of paid family and medical leave at two-thirds their rate of pay if they cannot work due to being quarantined or sick, or are caring a child whose school/child care is closed or a sick individual. Employers paying for the leave can claim a refundable payroll tax credit or can request a refund from the federal government if the amount exceeds your regular payroll taxes. More information is also available on the Department of Labor’s website.

Expanded Charitable Deductions

For 2020, individuals can deduct up to $300 for cash donations made to charities this year even if they take a standard deduction. Limits for corporate contributions to charitable organizations was also increased from 10% of their taxable income to 25%.

Expanded Unemployment

There is also expanded unemployment. Changes include: allowing people to immediately enroll in unemployment without waiting a week, people impacted by COVID-19 are eligible for 39 weeks of employment benefits, and normal unemployment benefits will be boosted by $600 per week until July 31, 2020. More information is available on the Department of Labor’s Career One Stop Center.

Thanks to our friends at Safe Routes Partnership for summarizing these supports for non-profits!

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Say “thank you” with us!

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We are more grateful than ever for the members and partners that are part of our coalition. We’re especially grateful for the food banks who are doing unprecedented work, the healthcare systems that are facing unimaginable challenges, and the school systems who are feeding so many of our children.

Will you join us to say “thank you”?         

Social media messages
You can find a list of Twitter handles for some of the organizations you may want to say thank you to here.

Here are some ideas of messages you may want to use:

Twitter (tag your partners!):
1. We appreciate you!
2. You make all the difference!
3. Thanks for all you’re doing!

1. Thank you for your tireless commitment to our communities. During these uncertain times, you have given us the gifts of provision and support which are so desperately needed. We appreciate you!
2. Though we may not be able to extend a handshake or hug, we want to spread appreciation for those who are on the front lines keeping us fed and healthy. Thank you!
3. We appreciate the patience, professionalism, kindness and sacrifice you demonstrate while caring for our communities. For everything you are to us, we see you, and we thank you.

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Listen to the Voices of Hunger in North Carolina podcasts!

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Presented by the North Carolina Alliance for Health and MomsRising with the support of MAZON

People in nearly 590,000 North Carolina households don’t have enough to eat each day. This podcast gives voice to the people behind those numbers, debunking common myths about who is hungry and highlights the individuals and organizations that are addressing hunger and poverty through direct service and policy channels offering listeners the tools to become informed anti-hunger advocates. Keep up-to-date on our podcast by following NCAH on Soundcloud!

Child Nutrition

Groups at Increased Risk of Food Insecurity

Rural Perspectives

And more!

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We are hiring!

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The North Carolina Alliance for Health (NCAH) is an independent, nonpartisan, statewide coalition of individuals and organizations that convenes and mobilizes partners to advance equitable health policies that promote wellness and prevent obesity and tobacco use. The Communications and Fund Development Coordinator will be responsible for working in coordination with NCAH’s Executive Director and Programs Manager to implement NCAH’s communications and fund development plans. This is a full-time, grant funded position.



  • Oversees email lists and donor database using NC Alliance for Health’s software tools, Mail Chimp and Neon. Maintains key email groups (board, member, partner, donor), and dues and donor database.
  • Sends advocacy action alerts as needed.
  • Updates WordPress website with content, and blog posts.
  • Develops, coordinates, and executes an integrated communications strategy across multiple media platforms to engage and grow NC Alliance for Health’s community
  • Maintains an ongoing editorial strategy and calendar, including development of themes and messaging aligned with organizational goals, fundraising opportunities, advocacy and programmatic strategies
  • Keeps the staff apprised of organizational and project specific communication, talking points, news coverage, and social media activities.
  • Grows audience reach and proactively manage audience engagement (media, partners, members, donors, key stakeholders).
  • Develops distributes, and maintains all print and electronic collateral including, but not limited to, ongoing email newsletters, brochures, social media, website, press releases, annual reports, includes writing copy and designing materials.
  • Implements a vibrant and dynamic web presence, particularly by updating and adding to the existing website, and ensuring a consistent and engaging social media presence.

Fund Development

  • Works with team to develop membership and fund development campaign strategies and oversees membership and fundraising appeals.
  • Tracks and confirms dues and donations received with financial consultant for accurate reporting.
  • Stewards relationships with members and donors by cultivating relationships, regularly sharing the work of the NC Alliance for Health with strategic and periodic updates.


  • A Bachelor’s degree in Communications, Journalism, or related field.
  • At least two years of experience in communications with progressively advancing responsibilities.
  • Experience in fundraising and membership is preferred.
  • Experience with a nonprofit organization is preferred.
  • A demonstrated commitment to the mission of the NC Alliance for Health.
  • Thorough understanding of content management, social media strategy, and communications tools, resources, and strategies.
  • Experience in WordPress, Mailchimp (or related email marketing platform), Neon CRM (or related donor database), and/or demonstrated ability to learn new digital and software tools.
  • Good personal organization, time management, and planning skills.
  • Ability to multi-task and manage a demanding workload.
  • Ability to address and solve problems or issues as they arise.
  • Ability to work as a team member and work effectively with diverse people.
  • Dedicated team player with ability to work with staff, board, and partner organizations.
  • Effective listener who seeks and accepts feedback. Looks for opportunities to learn and grow in their work.


  • Based in Durham, NC with some remote work options
  • Ability to set flexible working schedule
  • Vibrant, fun-loving team
  • Supportive environment that builds on strengths and supports growth

To apply please send a brief cover letter, resume, social media sample, additional work product of your choosing, and references to with “Application for Communications and Fund Development Coordinator position” in the subject line no later than 5pm on Friday, January 31.

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2020 Policy Priorities

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Promote equitable tobacco use prevention and cessation

  • Promote a policy that establishes licensing for retailers selling tobacco products in North Carolina
  • Promote recurring appropriations for robust and evidence-based tobacco prevention and cessation programs and services
  • Promote strategies that address the vaping crisis and epidemic

Promote equitable access to healthy food

  • Promote evidence-based and/or evidence-informed policies and appropriations for healthy food financing initiatives, farm to school programs, farm to early care and education programs, food and nutrition services, and other policies that reduce food insecurity and improve access to healthy food
  • Support efforts to ensure water is free, clean, safe, and accessible in school and early care and education settings
  • Support improvements to statewide Division of Child Development and Early Education childcare regulation standards addressing evidence-based best practices in infant and child nutrition, including breastfeeding, and support the creation of statewide designation or recognition of programs that meet best practices

Promote equitable access to routine physical activity

  • Support strong physical education and opportunities for physical activity in schools
  • Support the ability of local communities to promote access to routine physical activity
  • Support improvements to statewide Division of Child Development and Early Education childcare regulation standards addressing evidence-based best practices in infant and child outdoor learning and play, physical activity, and screen time and support the creation of statewide designation or recognition of programs that meet best practices

Promote health equity

  • Support policies and appropriations for closing the health insurance coverage gap
  • Monitor legislation related to social determinants of health such as housing and transportation

NCAH will also support other mission-related policies as they arise, as approved by NCAH members.

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2020 Meeting Dates

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All of the following meetings will be held at the American Heart Association’s office. Please note their new address: 5001 S. Miami Blvd, Suite 300, Durham, NC 27703. 

Tobacco Use Prevention Committee, 10am-12pm

  • February 17
  • March 16
  • May 18
  • June 15
  • August 17
  • October 19

Access to Healthy Food and Food Security Committee, 1pm-3pm

  • February 17
  • March 16
  • May 18
  • June 15
  • August 17
  • October 19

Physical Activity and PE Committee, 10am-12pm

  • February 24
  • April 20

Our annual membership meeting will be held December 14 from 10am to 12pm. Lunch will be provided.

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Ten Years of Smoke-free Restaurants and Bars

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RALEIGH, NC—North Carolina’s smoke-free bar and restaurant law will turn ten years old on January 2, 2020, according to Morgan Wittman Gramann, Executive Director of the North Carolina Alliance for Health, the advocacy organization that led efforts to pass the law in 2009.

­“It is hard to believe that it has been ten years since our state’s smoke-free law went into effect,” said Gramann. In May 2009, North Carolina became the 26th state to pass a smoke-free law that protects workers and the public from the serious health hazards of secondhand smoke in public places and hospitality venues. The law went into effect on January 2, 2010.

“I congratulate the members of our General Assembly in 2010 for having the vision and the courage to pass such an important public health measure and I applaud all the partner organizations, especially the American Heart Association and the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network, that worked so hard to get this law passed,” she said.

“In addition to making our dining and drinking establishments more pleasant places for families to patronize, our smoke-free law has had meaningful public health consequences,” said Gramann.

During the first year the law was in effect, North Carolina saw a 21 percent reduction in the weekly average emergency room visits for heart attacks. Secondhand smoke is a leading trigger for heart attacks and is especially dangerous for individuals who already suffer from cardiovascular disease.

Based on a benefit-cost economic study, eliminating smoking from North Carolina’s restaurants and bars saves an estimated $4.7 million per year in avoidable medical care costs for hospitality workers alone.  Most importantly, air quality studies done before and after the law went into effect showed an 89 percent improvement in indoor air quality in NC restaurants and bars.

The smoke-free law has also been beneficial to restaurants and bars. A 2017 study showed that more than half of surveyed restaurant and bar owners/managers reported experiencing two or more benefits from the smoke-free law. The most frequently named benefits were that customers breathe less tobacco smoke and they receive fewer complaints about tobacco smoke. Economic studies showed the law had no negative effect on employment and revenue of NC restaurants and bars. 

“Patrons have come to expect smoke-free air in North Carolina restaurants and bars. And, over these past ten years, we have seen public support for the law grow and compliance with the law improve greatly,” said Gramann.

The first month the law went into effect there were more than 500 complaints reported by individuals who witnessed smoking in a restaurant or bar. By the second year the number of complaints were down to fewer than 50 per month. Currently the state receives fewer than one complaint per month.

According to Anya Gordon, owner of Irregardless Café, business owners continue to reap the benefits of smoke-free restaurants and bars, “Irregardless Cafe has been smoke-free for 35 years – good, healthy food from the earth didn’t mix with tobacco smoke! Having our dining room smoke free all these years has promoted real community and allowed our local food menu to truly shine. Thank you to the ‘smoke-free restaurant’ advocates for encouraging all dining establishments to be smoke-free.”

But there is still work to be done, according to Gramann. “Ten years later there is still more that can be done to protect the public from the dangers of smoking and tobacco use. E-cigarette use, especially among youth, has been deemed an epidemic, and 3,100 young people are estimated to begin smoking each year in our state. Fully funded prevention and cessation programs, higher tobacco taxes, and tobacco retailer licensing are critical to curbing tobacco use in North Carolina. I hope our General Assembly will once again take steps to pass these important public health measures,” she said.


The North Carolina Alliance for Health (NCAH) is an independent, statewide coalition convening and mobilizing partners to advance equitable health policies that promote wellness and prevent obesity and tobacco use.

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August Meeting Update

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As part of our on-going commitment to a statewide presence, we are hosting our August committee meetings outside of the Triangle! Mark your calendar:

Obesity Prevention Committee Meeting
August 2, 2019, 10am-12pm
Second Harvest Food Bank, Winston-Salem

Tobacco Use Prevention Committee Meeting
August 5, 2019, 10am-12pm
Downeast Partnership for Children, Rocky Mount

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Our Food Access Report is Available!

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For the past year, the NC Healthy Food Retail Task Force has explored barriers to accessing healthy food in retail and possible policy solutions to addressing those barriers. Check out “Support Food Access in North Carolina” to learn more about their eight key recommendations.

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