Understanding that change is most effective when we work together, our founders, a group of like-minded organizations and individuals with public health backgrounds, formed NCAH in 2002 to improve North Carolina’s health and advocate for policies that reduce tobacco use. Originally a project of the North Carolina Pediatric Society, NCAH became an independent 501(c)(3) in October 2016.
For nearly two decades we have made substantial progress toward achieving our goals so that all North Carolinians will live healthier lives, protected by strong health policies. We have advanced many state-level policies and secured millions in funding to support programs that reduce health disparities, prevent chronic disease, and promote health.
We invite you to join us is ensuring all North Carolinians have the opportunity to attain their highest level of health.
Healthy Food Access
Our healthy food access successes include:
- More than $100 million in state funding to support healthy food access programs including food banks and school nutrition programs
- Elimination of the reduced-price lunch copay
- Creation of the Healthy Food Small Retailer Program
- $750,000 in funding for the Healthy Food Small Retailer Program
- Working to reduce the number of prohibitions on SNAP waivers for which the state is permitted to apply
- Improved statewide standards addressing nutrition in early care and education settings
- Convening the North Carolina Healthy Food Retail Task Force, which proposed 8 policy recommendations for addressing healthy food access in North Carolina