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COMMUNICATIONS AND FUND DEVELOPMENT 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 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.

RESPONSIBILITIES

Communications

  • 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.

REQUIREMENTS

  • 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.

PERKS!

  • 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 admin@ncallianceforhealth.org 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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NC SMOKE-FREE LAW MARKS 10TH YEAR ON JANUARY 2, 2020

LAW HELPS TO IMPROVE THE HEALTH OF PATRONS AND WORKERS IN RESTURANTS AND BARS ACROSS NORTH CAROLINA

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.

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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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Food for Every Child: The Need for Healthy Food Access in North Carolina

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NC Alliance for Health is pleased to share our report Food for Every Child: The Need for Healthy Food Access in North Carolina. This report was written in partnership with the Food Trust as part of our on-going effort to convene partners around access to healthy foods and advance equitable policies that increase access to healthy foods.

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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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