Note:  This column was first published in the Charlotte North Carolina Charlotte Observer on October 5, 2014.  An impressive explaination of how community metrics can be used to improve eduction, it is reproduced here with the permission of the paper and the author.

By Mary Lynne Calhoun Ed.D.

The “united” in United Way of Central Carolinas has taken on a new, powerful meaning with the adoption and implementation of the Collective Impact model of philanthropy.

We’re all familiar with the essential work of United Way in raising funds to support the work of human services agencies to address our community’s most pressing needs. Collective Impact intensifies the power of this work by moving from the.......

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By Francis Koster Ed. D.

In national rankings, North Carolina ranks high for our number of sick school children, and low for our number of school nurses.

The numbers are amazing - 1 in 5 school kids has a medical diagnosis that must be managed to facilitate maximum learning[1].

1) One in three North Carolina kids aged 10 - 17 are "Obese".[2] Obese children have their life shortened between four and ten years, and for citizens of all ages obesity accounts for one dollar of every ten spent on healthcare in the United States.[3]

2) Diabetes is now the seventh leading cause of death in North Carolina, and skyrocketing. As a nation we are headed toward a future where 1 in 3 adults will have it, and live 15 years less than the rest of us.[4]

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