The Beginning of Change: The Voices and Faces of Healthy Places NC

Philanthropy can change a lot of things on the surface of communities by contributing dollars, but can it really change entrenched mindsets and shift a community’s outlook? Maybe not in its traditional forms, but Healthy Places NC, a new approach from the Trust, is beginning to show that entering rural communities as a present partner rather than a typical funder may result in a fundamental shift from hopelessness to increasing confidence and willingness to change for the better. Three years into Healthy Places NC, ‘The Beginning of Change’ talks to the people on the ground in four rural communities and takes an  honest look at the challenges and successes as residents work to improve health in their communities.

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