In celebration of the Foundation’s 20th year, the North Carolina Healthy Start Foundation distributed over $140,000 to more than 80 organizations and government agencies. Grants of up to $3,000 were distributed to projects which focused on the health of women of reproductive age in more than 60 counties across North Carolina. Grants were awarded monthly from December 2008 through February 2009.

Priority was given to counties with high rates of infant mortality, teen pregnancy, HIV/AIDS, drug use, smoking, inactivity, obesity and other at-risk behaviors. Priority was also given to organizations that were RICHES partners and projects that focused on healthy lifestyles and primary prevention.

Funded activities included the following:

  • Innovative classes that helped women care for themselves in a new and unique way
  • Healthy cooking classes for adults and teens
  • Initiatives that helped women form the “move more” habit
  • Replication of nationally recognized women’s health initiatives
  • Mental health services
  • Seed money for HPV vaccines
  • Equipment and educational materials
  • Conferences and collaborations