| Foster financial self
puts people at risk of nearly every negative factor we can
measure, including poor health, failure in school, child abuse
and neglect, inadequate housing, and crime. All of these factors
create a drain on the rest of the community as well. Unless
we tackle this core problem, we will forever be addressing
| Encourage healthy
our citizens are to be healthy and if we're to lower the
cost of health care, increase our productive capacity, and
enjoy life to its fullest, we should first look at how we
live. In North Carolina, the answer is none too well. We
see a high prevalence of lifestyle-related ailments, such
as heart disease, stroke and diabetes.
access to good health care
Primary care access
Child health care
Mental health care
|Lack of access
to health care carries a high price tag. People avoid or are
unable to obtain preventative services. Delays in treatment result
in later diagnoses when illnesses are more expensive to treat.
Those high costs in turn get passed along to the public and private
individuals and companies with the ability to pay.
stable & nurturing families
matter how young or old, if we're to thrive -- physically,
mentally, emotionally -- we need to feel safe and nurtured
in our own homes. Growing children and teens need a secure
home base from which to explore the world. Adults, too, need
the support that friends and family provide.