As part of the Rural Impact County Challenge (RICC), NACo and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s County Health Rankings & Roadmaps are offering rural counties the opportunity to receive community coaching to address childhood poverty. Apply today!
NACo sponsors the Rural Impact County Challenge, a national initiative with the mission of supporting counties in making demonstrable improvements in the lives of children in rural communities. Since its inception, RICC has sought to advance county efforts to reduce the number of rural children and families living in poverty. NACo recognizes the critical role that rural America plays in the nation’s economy and culture, as well as production of energy, natural resources and food. NACo also recognizes the disproportionate presence of poverty endemic to rural America: a full 85 percent of our country’s persistent poverty counties are in rural America. The prevalence of generational poverty in rural counties is fueled by a lack of opportunity for children and their families, often compounded by other challenges such as distance from health and early learning programs, lack of access to public transportation and higher rates of drug and substance abuse. NACo developed RICC to begin addressing these challenges and share innovative solutions to achieve concrete results on behalf of rural children and families.
Community Coaching is an initiative currently supported by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s (RWJF) County Health Rankings & Roadmaps, coordinated in concert with the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute. The coaching is designed to help communities work more effectively to understand their problems and opportunities, as well as to develop strategies to address them. NACo has partnered with County Health Rankings & Roadmaps to again offer a yearlong community coaching program to members of NACo who are RICC participants.
RICC Community Coaches will work with selected county teams for a year to support local efforts to improve community health and provide guidance tailored to each participating county. Engagement with a Community Coach will last one year and may include any number of members, though four to seven core team members must be identified per team. Engagement often includes webinars and monthly calls. Participating NACo teams will have the opportunity to work closely with each other, forming a close network of rural counties carrying out similar work.
For more information and to apply, visit www.naco.org/RuralImpact. The application deadline is Friday, November 3, 2017. Selected coaching teams will be notified in December. The RICC Community Coaching program will run for the 2018 calendar year. Applicants must be a Rural Impact County Challenge participant and NACo member.