Essentials for Childhood Backbone Organization

The Division of Public Health, under the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services, has been funded by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to develop and implement a public health framework for child maltreatment prevention since 2013. As a partner in this initiative, the North Carolina Institute of Medicine (NCIOM) convened the Task Force on Essentials for Childhood in 2014 – 2015, which issued recommendations to stakeholders in four areas with the goal of ensuring safe, stable, and nurturing relationships and environments to strengthen families and prevent child maltreatment. Since 2016, the NCIOM has served as the backbone organization to support the implementation of the 2015 task force recommendations by coordinating aligned work across subcontractors/partners, convening a series of workgroups, and participating in several other statewide initiatives to ensure that the recommendations are included in new and ongoing work.

In 2019, the North Carolina Essentials for Childhood project announced a new focus on strategies addressing social norms change and economic supports for families (specifically centered around family-friendly workplace policies). North Carolina Essentials for Childhood remains committed to these strategies in Year 4 of 5 of the project, which started in September 2021, and working with subcontractors/partners invested in equity and addressing health disparities, data development and accessibility, and the inclusion of people with lived experience in processes and activities.

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Task Force Leadership

Project Director

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Alison Miller, MA, MPH

Project Director

North Carolina Institute of Medicine

Meeting Dates

September 2021 - August 2022

Meeting dates, agendas, and additional materials linked by event.

Description

The Division of Public Health, under the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services, has been funded by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to develop and implement a public health framework for child maltreatment prevention since 2013. As a partner in this initiative, the North Carolina Institute of Medicine (NCIOM) convened the Task Force on Essentials for Childhood in 2014 – 2015, which issued recommendations to stakeholders in four areas with the goal of ensuring safe, stable, and nurturing relationships and environments to strengthen families and prevent child maltreatment. Since 2016, the NCIOM has served as the backbone organization to support the implementation of the 2015 task force recommendations by coordinating aligned work across subcontractors/partners, convening a series of workgroups, and participating in several other statewide initiatives to ensure that the recommendations are included in new and ongoing work. Starting in the fall of 2019, under the guidance of state child health and well-being experts, the North Carolina Essentials for Childhood initiative narrowed its strategic focus to meet two aims outlined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:

Changing social norms to prevent child maltreatment. North Carolina Essentials for Childhood is providing funding support to Prevent Child Abuse North Carolina’s awareness campaign, “Connections Matter.” Through a series of training modules, promotional strategies, and personal stories, the Connections Matter initiative aims to emphasize the importance of family and community relationships in building resilience for children impacted by trauma and other adverse childhood experiences.

Strengthening economic supports for families. North Carolina Essentials for Childhood is providing funding support to partner organizations engaged in ongoing work around the promotion and implementation of family-friendly workplace policies:

In addition, NCIOM and the Division of Public Health continue to work across state agencies, with philanthropic partners, and with local organizations to promote strategies that meet the goals of Essentials for Childhood and create safe, stable, and nurturing relationships and environments for North Carolina’s children and families.

Archived Materials

2021 Request for Applications: North Carolina Essentials for Childhood Partners

Work Group Meetings

Strengthening the North Carolina Child Fatality Prevention System Stakeholder Work Group

ACEs and Opioid Misuse Prevention Work Group

Evidence-based Practices Work Group

Trauma-Informed Practices Work Group

Public Awareness & Social Norms Work Group

Newsletters

Steering Committee Meetings

Other Meetings

Essentials for Childhood and Growing Up Well Reconvening and Update Meeting

Pathways Data Gaps Analysis Meeting