Sharing Insights

The John Rex Endowment has the privilege of supporting organizations who join with us to create an environment where children and families in greater Wake County live healthy lives.  In our pursuit, we pride ourselves on being a learning organization — one that constantly strives to improve based on insights gained from all experiences. 

In this section we provide reports that are specific to our funding areas, grant project updates, stories reflecting what we and our grantees are learning, and resources on child health.  It's our hope that you will benefit from this knowledge and have the opportunity to apply the positive lessons. 


Using an Interactive Map to Look at Social Determinants of Health in Wake County

Using an Interactive Map to Look at Social Determinants of Health in Wake County

The North Carolina Institute for Public Health (NCIPH) recently completed an assessment and online Story Map (with User Guide) commissioned by the John Rex Endowment to describe how conditions in Wake County can affect children and their families’ health and well-being. Using the Esri® Story Map with geographic information system technology, NCIPH staff mapped 12 key indicators to geographically identify assets and areas with higher opportunity for improvements. [more]

June Event Brings Together Childhood Injury and Violence Prevention Advocates

June Event Brings Together Childhood Injury and Violence Prevention Advocates

On June 21, the Skills and Knowledge for Injury Prevention Partners (SKIPP) Project held its 4th annual networking event. This year‘s theme “Talking the Walk: Sharing Successes, Stories, and Opportunities to Prevent Child and Youth Injury in Wake County NC” attracted participants representing 21 different organizations which supported opportunities to make connections and share experiences in discussions of the prevention of childhood injury and violence. [more]

Growing a Culture of Healthy Eating

Growing a Culture of Healthy Eating

Kale might not be the first thing that comes to mind when you think of food at a child care center, but the green vegetable was the theme of the week during a visit to Raleigh’s Childcare Network #61. The center was recognized for its urban agriculture efforts when awarded a Raleigh Environmental Award in 2016. [more]

Look for the John Rex Endowment on Facebook

Look for the John Rex Endowment on Facebook

We are thrilled to announce that the John Rex Endowment can now be found on Facebook! We'll use this platform to promote the work of our grantees and others whose work aligns with our funding interests.  Plus, we’ll share resources that support the efforts of children and families of Wake County to live healthier lives.  We can't wait to continue the conversation about the great work being done in our community on this new platform and hope to "see" you there!

What Nature Teaches Children: NLI's Nilda Cosco Addresses TEDxRaleigh

Nature is good for children. That was the theme of NC State University's Dr. Nilda Cosco's talk at the 2016 TEDxRaleigh. In her role at NCSU’s Natural Learning Initiative, Dr. Cosco takes her expertise in children’s outdoor environments directly to local child care centers. Dr. Cosco makes the case that a child’s development will enhance in countless ways when a child is engaged with outdoor spaces that are intentionally designed for play and learning. [more]