General NCAH

2019 Tobacco Use Prevention Policy Priorities

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  • Tobacco Use Prevention and Cessation Program Funding: Promote tobacco use prevention and cessation in North Carolina through statewide, evidence-based and/or evidence-informed policies and appropriations for tobacco use prevention and cessation program.
    • Secure CDC-recommended levels of recurring funding for evidence-based tobacco prevention and cessation programs in North Carolina.
  • Secondhand Smoke: Promote evidence-based policies that protect public health by eliminating exposure to secondhand smoke and e-cigarette aerosol.
    • Protect existing smoke-free law which made restaurants and bars smoke-free on January 2, 2010.
    • Monitor opportunities to expand existing smoke-free and tobacco-free laws by promoting legislation to make all NC worksites and public places 100% tobacco-free.
  • Local Control: Support legislation that expands local control.
    • Support legislation that expands and protects local control, including supporting legislation that will allow communities and state and local universities to pass regulations to eliminate exposure to secondhand smoke and e-cigarette aerosol.
    • Support local efforts to implement evidence-based tobacco control policies.
  • Excise Tax: Support an increase in North Carolina’s cigarette excise tax to at least the national average and support an excise tax increase on other tobacco (non-cigarette) products, including e-cigarettes, to a tax rate equivalent with that of cigarettes.
  • Tobacco 21: Monitor Tobacco 21 legislation and readiness.
  • Support and protect funding and evidence-based programs that align with other items on the policy agenda.

Promote: Actively advocate for

Support: Sign letters of support, forward action alerts

Monitor: Track and react to as necessary

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2019 NC General Assembly Session Convenes

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On Wednesday, January 9, 2019, the North Carolina General Assembly convened, and members were sworn in for the 2019 legislative long session.

Six freshmen Republicans and seven freshmen Democrats were sworn into the Senate, which now includes 10 African-Americans, 10 women, two Indian-Americans, and 11 veterans. The freshmen Republicans are:

  • Sen. Bob Steinburg – Chowan
  • Sen. Jim Burgin – Harnett
  • Sen. Carl Ford – Rowan
  • Sen. Eddie Gallimore – Davidson
  • Sen. Todd Johnson – Union
  • Sen. Ted Alexander – Cleveland

The freshmen Democrats are:

  • Sen. Harper Peterson – New Hanover
  • Sen. Wiley Nickel – Wake
  • Sen. Sam Searcy – Wake
  • Sen. Kirk deViere – Cumberland
  • Sen. Michael Garrett – Guilford
  • Sen. Mujtaba Mohammed – Mecklenburg
  • Sen. Natasha Marcus – Mecklenburg

A full list of Senators can be found here.

The freshman class in the House has nine Republicans and 17 Democrats. The House now includes 26 African-Americans, 34 women, one American-Indian, and 24 veterans. The freshmen Republicans are:

  • Rep. Lisa Stone Barnes – Nash
  • Rep. Jerry Carter – Rockingham
  • Rep. Ed Goodwin – Chowan
  • Rep. Bobby Hanig – Currituck
  • Rep. Chris Humphrey – Lenoir
  • Rep. Steve Jarvis – Davidson
  • Rep. Keith Kidwell – Beaufort
  • Rep. Wayne Sasser – Cabarrus
  • Rep. Carson Smith – Pender

The freshman Democrats are:

  • Rep. Ray Russell – Watauga
  • Rep. Kandie Smith – Pitt
  • Rep. Raymond Smith – Wayne
  • Rep. Julie von Haefen – Wake
  • Rep. Sydney Batch – Wake
  • Rep. Christy Clark – Mecklenburg
  • Rep. Ashton Dahle – Wake
  • Rep. Terence Everitt – Wake
  • Rep. James Gailliard – Nash
  • Rep. Jeff Collins – Nash
  • Rep. Wesley Harris – Mecklenburg
  • Rep. Zack Hawkins – Durham
  • Rep. Rachel Hunt – Mecklenburg
  • Rep. Brandon Lofton – Mecklenburg
  • Rep. Carolyn Logan – Mecklenburg
  • Rep. Nasif Majeed – Mecklenburg
  • Rep. Joe Sam Queen – Haywood

A full list of House members can be found here.

Tim Moore was reelected Speaker of the House and announced the following committee chair appointments. Other House committee appointments as well as Senate committee appointments will be announced in the near future.

Rules

  • Chair – Rep. David Lewis (R – Harnett)

Appropriations

  • Senior Chairs – Rep. Jason Saine (R – Lincoln), Rep. Donny Lambeth (R – Forsyth), Rep. Linda Johnson (R – Cabarrus)
  • Chairs – Rep. Dean Arp (R – Union), Rep. Josh Dobson (R – Avery), Rep. Chuck McGrady (R – Henderson), Rep. John Faircloth (R – Guilford), Rep. William Brisson (R – Bladen)

Finance

  • Senior Chair – Rep. Julia Howard (R – Davie)
  • Chairs – Rep. Mitchell Setzer (R – Catawba), Rep. John Szoka (R – Cumberland)

The General has adjourned and will return January 30, at 12pm to begin legislative business.

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2019 Obesity Prevention Policy Priorities

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  • Healthy Food Financing: Promote the elimination of food deserts in North Carolina through statewide, evidence-based and/or evidence-informed policies and appropriations for healthy food financing, corner store initiatives, and other policies that improve access to healthy foods (including fruits, vegetables, whole grains and lean proteins), including food and nutrition services and nutrition education.
  • Seek an appropriation of $1 million in recurring state funds to expand the Healthy Food Small Retailer Program that increases the amount of healthy food being offered in existing corner stores in low- and moderate-income communities.
  • Physical Activity and Physical Education: Promote the inclusion of PE in the state’s accountability system as a measure of school success and/or in the School Report Card. Promote policies that address standards-based curriculum, appropriate professional development for teachers, teacher certification/licensing, waivers/substitution, student assessment, and accountability. Support opportunities to engage in promoting physical activity.
  • Water Access: Support efforts to ensure water is free, clean, safe, and accessible in school and childcare center settings.
  • Built Environments: Support the ability of local communities to promote access to routine physical activity and healthy eating through active transportation, complete streets, and Safe Routes to School policies, including multi-modal transportation infrastructure (e.g., mass transit, sidewalks, bike lanes), recreation opportunities (e.g., parks, trails greenways, shared and open use policies), food venues (e.g., grocery stores, farmers’ markets, community gardens), and the integration of healthy land use (“sustainable communities”).
  • Worksite Wellness: Support evidence-based and/or evidence-informed policies that promote a healthy work environment for employees.
  • Early Care and Education: Support improvements to statewide standards addressing evidence-based best practices in infant and child nutrition, outdoor learning and play, physical activity, breastfeeding, and screen time. Support the creation of statewide designation or recognition to programs that meet best practices.
  • Out-of-School Time: Support funding to implement and monitor healthy eating and physical activity in out-of-school time programs.
  • School Foods: Support the implementation of policies that require all foods and beverages available in schools meet national nutrition guidelines and be fully-funded. Support policies identified to reduce exposure to marketing and advertising of unhealthy foods in schools. Support policies that expand farm-to-school and farm-to-childcare programs.
  • Support and protect funding for evidence-based and/or evidence-informed obesity prevention programs and infrastructure.

Promote: Actively advocate for

Support: Sign letters of support, forward action alerts

Monitor: Track and react to as necessary

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Looking forward to 2019

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Looking forward to next year, we’ve developed a robust set of policy priorities for 2019! Our members will vote on our policy priorities at our upcoming meeting, but they have been proposed by our committees as follows:

  • We will promote the elimination of food deserts in North Carolina through statewide, evidence-based and/or evidence-informed policies and appropriations for healthy food financing, corner store initiatives, and other policies that improve access to healthy foods (including fruits, vegetables, whole grains and lean proteins), including food and nutrition services and nutrition education.
  • We will promote the inclusion of PE in the state’s accountability system as a measure of school success and/or in the School Report Card. We will promote policies that address standards-based curriculum, appropriate professional development for teachers, teacher certification/licensing, waivers/substitution, student assessment, and accountability. We will support opportunities to engage in promoting physical activity.
  • We will promote tobacco use prevention and cessation in North Carolina through statewide, evidence-based and/or evidence-informed policies and appropriations for tobacco use prevention and cessation program.
  • We will promote evidence-based policies that protect public health by eliminating exposure to secondhand smoke and e-cigarette aerosol.
  • We will support the ability of local communities to promote access to routine physical activity and healthy eating through active transportation, complete streets, and Safe Routes to School policies,including multi-modal transportation infrastructure (e.g., mass transit,sidewalks, bike lanes), recreation opportunities (e.g., parks, trails, greenways, shared and open use policies), food venues (e.g., grocery stores,farmers’ markets, community gardens), and the integration of healthy land use(“sustainable communities”).
  • We will support improvements to statewide standards addressing evidence-based best practices in infant and child nutrition, outdoor learning and play, physical activity, breastfeeding, and screen time. We will support the creation of statewide designation or recognition to programs that meet best practices.
  • We will support an increase in North Carolina’s cigarette excise tax to at least the national average and support an excise tax increase on other tobacco (non-cigarette) products, including e-cigarettes, to a tax rate equivalent with that of cigarettes.

Only NCAH members can vote on our policy priorities and shape the direction of our organization, so don’t miss the opportunity! Our members and partners are vital parts of NCAH’s continued success and we look forward to welcoming new members and deepening our work and relationships with long-time members in 2019. Make sure you 
renew your membership for 2019 prior to the January 9 membership meeting! 

Make an end of year donation to help NCAH be prepared to continue this work in the new year!

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A look back at 2018: Our Organization

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We’ve had a big year! This year, NCAH:

  • Added Marianne Hedrick Weant to our staff as our Grassroots Coordinator. Marianne has called North Carolina home since 2008 and has an MSPH in community health and an MA in anthropology. She started her work in this area at Be Active NC, and spent almost 9 years at North Carolina PTA where she worked extensively on health and education issues impacting children, families, and schools. 
  • Increased membership by 50% and added new members to each of our work groups: Tobacco Use Prevention, Healthy Food Access, and Physical Education.

But we’re not done yet—check back next week to see our proposed policy priorities for 2019!

Make an end of year donation to help NCAH be prepared to continue this work in the new year, and renew your membership for 2019!

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Deadline Extended: We’re hiring!

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DEADLINE EXTENDED

We’re hiring!

Grassroots Coordinator

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 Grassroots Coordinator will be responsible for membership engagement and grassroots organizing, capacity and partner building, developing educational materials, and coordinating and conducting advocacy trainings to support NCAH’s tobacco use prevention and obesity prevention campaigns. The Grassroots Coordinator will report directly to the Executive Director and will work closely with NCAH contractors and broad coalition membership. This is a full-time, grant funded position. Funding is available through the fall of 2019. Employment after this period is contingent on additional funding and job performance.
 
Responsibilities

  • Select, recruit, and engage coalition members and grassroots advocates across the state
  • Develop and maintain relationships with key partners critical to the achievement of NCAH’s mission
  • Assist with the development of campaign strategies
  • Develop grassroots strategies with NCAH partner organizations, including coordinating communication, education, and outreach efforts
  • Develop educational materials, factsheets, infographics, social media campaigns, and other resources for NCAH’s policy campaigns
  • Draft content and manage the NCAH website and social media accounts
  • Lead advocacy trainings
  • Assist with the planning and coordination of NCAH committee meetings and attend committee meetings
  • Develop and maintain relationships with media contacts
  • Assist with the development of NCAH’s communication plan
  • Assist with grant research, writing, and management and fundraising activities
  • Serve as the spokesperson for NCAH in the absence of the Executive Director

Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience
  • At least 2 years of experience coordinating grassroots for issue advocacy campaigns
  • Outstanding people skills and proven capacity to work effectively in teams of diverse people and organizations
  • Excellent writing and editing skills
  • Grant writing and management experience
  • Demonstrated social media campaign experience
  • Highly self-motivated and directed
  • Strong organizational, communication, computer, problem-solving, and analytical skills
  • Physical requirements include sitting, talking, and listening for several hours per day, the ability to spend many hours on the telephone and working at a computer, frequent driving to meetings across the state, and some night and weekend work with occasional long hours
  • WordPress development, tobacco control or obesity prevention, and fundraising experience strongly preferred

To apply please send a cover letter, resume, writing sample, social media/infographic sample, and references to admin@ncallianceforhealth.org with “Application for Grassroots Coordinator position” in the subject line no later than 5pm on Wednesday, October 3.

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We’re hiring!

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We’re hiring!

Grassroots Coordinator

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 Grassroots Coordinator will be responsible for membership engagement and grassroots organizing, capacity and partner building, developing educational materials, and coordinating and conducting advocacy trainings to support NCAH’s tobacco use prevention and obesity prevention campaigns. The Grassroots Coordinator will report directly to the Executive Director and will work closely with NCAH contractors and broad coalition membership. This is a full-time, grant funded position. Funding is available through the fall of 2019. Employment after this period is contingent on additional funding and job performance.
 
Responsibilities

  • Select, recruit, and engage coalition members and grassroots advocates across the state
  • Develop and maintain relationships with key partners critical to the achievement of NCAH’s mission
  • Assist with the development of campaign strategies
  • Develop grassroots strategies with NCAH partner organizations, including coordinating communication, education, and outreach efforts
  • Develop educational materials, factsheets, infographics, social media campaigns, and other resources for NCAH’s policy campaigns
  • Draft content and manage the NCAH website and social media accounts
  • Lead advocacy trainings
  • Assist with the planning and coordination of NCAH committee meetings and attend committee meetings
  • Develop and maintain relationships with media contacts
  • Assist with the development of NCAH’s communication plan
  • Assist with grant research, writing, and management and fundraising activities
  • Serve as the spokesperson for NCAH in the absence of the Executive Director

Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience
  • At least 2 years of experience coordinating grassroots for issue advocacy campaigns
  • Outstanding people skills and proven capacity to work effectively in teams of diverse people and organizations
  • Excellent writing and editing skills
  • Grant writing and management experience
  • Demonstrated social media campaign experience
  • Highly self-motivated and directed
  • Strong organizational, communication, computer, problem-solving, and analytical skills
  • Physical requirements include sitting, talking, and listening for several hours per day, the ability to spend many hours on the telephone and working at a computer, frequent driving to meetings across the state, and some night and weekend work with occasional long hours
  • WordPress development, tobacco control or obesity prevention, and fundraising experience strongly preferred

To apply please send a cover letter, resume, writing sample, social media/infographic sample, and references to admin@ncallianceforhealth.org with “Application for Grassroots Coordinator position” in the subject line no later than 5pm on Wednesday, September 12.

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NCAH Health Equity Workgroup

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NCAH HEALTH EQUITY WORKGROUP

Dear Partners,

We are excited to announce that we recently applied for a grant to focus on health equity within our advocacy campaigns. The States of Solutions grant opportunity is a partnership of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and 100 Million Lives and aims to develop collaboration across multiple sectors of the​ state to advance health equity.

NCAH is creating a ​H​ealth ​E​quity ​W​orkgroup to ensure our tobacco ​use prevention ​and obesity campaigns are reflective of the needs of communities ​they affect. The workgroup will convene to create an internal health equity action plan. Participants in the workgroup will meet on an as-needed basis to have continuous conversations about health equity and to develop new strategies on how NCAH can be more inclusive of diverse populations.

If you are interested in joining the health equity workgroup please complete this google form, and contact Grassroots Coordinator Ivy Ferrell ivy@ncallianceforhealth.org with any questions. We welcome participation in the workgroup on behalf of your organization or as an individual.

Thank you for your support of NCAH!

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Become a member in 2018!

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We want to formally invite you to become a dues-paying member or to renew your membership to the North Carolina Alliance for Health for 2018. We welcome both organizational and individual members. Please click here for more information on how to complete the Membership Registration and Survey.

As a dues-paying member you will receive:

  • Collective power-building to influence state-level policy
  • The opportunity to make new local, state, and national friends and partners, thereby expanding your network
  • A voice and a vote in a state-level policy priority agenda setting process
  • NCAH staff dedicated to tracking policies and practices to enhance organizations, create synergies, and to disseminate information
  • Legislative updates and action alert tools to share with your staff, membership, and grassroots networks
  • Regular information-sharing meetings and continued learning opportunities

We hope you will join us!

Because of members like you we had many successes last year: additional funding for the statewide Healthy Food Small Retailer Program, funding for teen tobacco use prevention programs for the first time since 2012, and an increase in funding for tobacco cessation services.

Join us as we work to ensure all North Carolinians will live healthier lives protected by strong health policies that prevent chronic disease.

If you have questions or concerns please contact Ivy Ferrell at ivy@ncallianceforhealth.org.

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