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.
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]
Patricia Cardoso, director of diversion programs at Haven House Services, shared her organization’s experience of completing a John Rex Endowment planning grant and how that work shaped the implementation of a new approach to violence prevention. [more]
Anyone working with youth can benefit from education and assistance in understanding effective approaches to reduce childhood injury. Is this you? The Skills & Knowledge for Injury Prevention Partners (SKIPP) Project provides networking and no-cost training opportunities to increase knowledge of injury prevention and to ensure that efforts are effective in creating safe environments for children. Read the perspectives of recent SKIPP training participants, Theresa Flynn MD, Colisha Gilbert and Tyeshia Hill. [more]
Individuals from 34 organizations engaged with colleagues at the June 16 event “Improving the Conditions in which Children, Youth and Families Live” hosted by the Skills & Knowledge for Injury Prevention Partners (SKIPP) Project. Keynote speaker Dr. Peter Morris set the stage as he spoke of the conditions that may influence a child’s life. Six local initiatives highlighted their work and experience in preventing childhood injury. [more]
Harm inflicted upon a child, whether intentional or unintentional, is never acceptable. The prevention of childhood injury is a goal of the John Rex Endowment. An early step in this work was the publication of A Profile of Wake County Childhood Injury & Injury Prevention which informed the foundation's decision to focus on Wake County’s five leading causes of childhood injury: (1) Motor Vehicle Crash - child is an occupant, (2) Assault (i.e., physical/sexual violence, child abuse), (3) Motor Vehicle Crash - child is a pedestrian, (4) Self-inflicted/Self-harm (i.e., suicide, cutting) and (5) Falls (e.g., playgrounds, homes). Guided by knowledge and promising actions, there are opportunities to actively and effectively contribute to the prevention of childhood injury. [more]
Walking or biking to school is a healthy way for children to start a day of learning, and communities in Wake County are making significant changes to prevent injuries for children who are traveling to and from school. Laura Sandt, senior research associate at the University of North Carolina Highway Safety Research Center and member of the Wake County Child Pedestrian Safety Action Network grant project shared three examples of good work done at the community level to address child safety.
The Wake County Youth Well-being Profile (winter 2015) provides a snapshot of the current conditions affecting children age 5-18. The Profile sets the stage for a community-developed and implemented plan for ensuring that all Wake County young people are indeed thriving.