Research shows that the length and quality of life differs between zip codes. So, neighborhoods that are mere miles apart might be years apart in life expectancy.
Where we live matters to our health. Having a safe, comfortable place to come home to reduces our stress. Living near transportation helps our productivity when commuting to work. Growing up in a well-lit, safe neighborhood enables our kids to play outdoors and remain active. And growing old in a family home let's us remain independent as we age.
A social, connected, and supportive community is a healthier community. That’s why we are recognizing 10 amazing RTP nonprofits who are making the places where we live (and learn, and work, and play) healthier with GSK IMPACT Awards.
Let’s meet the 2015 winners:
Older adults who can age safely in their homes are healthier. That’s why A Helping Hand provides in-home support services to seniors across the region, regardless of their ability to pay.
Finding an affordable home is difficult for many, especially those with disabilities. CASA develops and manages affordable housing and helps residents to be successful in all areas of life.
Often, as a neighborhood is revitalized, current residents are pushed out. With the help of Durham Community Land Trustees, neighbors can improve their community and remain in their homes.
Families without a home face many challenges. With the help of local congregations, Durham Interfaith Hospitality Network supports homeless families and helps them on the path to self-sufficiency.
Reading skills are not only important in school, but in everyday life. Working with the Durham Literacy Center, children and adults learn practical literacy skills to improve their lives.
Recreation trails help keep us active and can even provide a healthy way to commute to work! Thanks to East Coast Greenway Alliance, communities across the US – and here in North Carolina – have access to beautiful trails for biking, hiking and walking.
Young people need support in and out of school to succeed. East Durham Children’s Initiative provides wrap-around services for children of East Durham, supporting them from birth to graduation.
People with disabilities and their families have diverse needs. First in Families of North Carolina helps families to reach their goals and supports a community that can help one another.
To become leaders, young people need the support of mentors. Emily Krzyzewski Center inspires students to dream big and reach their potential through afterschool programs and tutoring.
Young adults aging out of foster care face many obstacles to a healthy life. That’s why The Hope Center at Pullen works with these incredible young people to support their transition to a successful adulthood.
Thanks to this year’s GSK IMPACT Award winners for making our communities healthier places to live, learn, work and play!
Learn more about the GSK IMPACT Awards for the Research Triangle Park Region.