Season 1 Topics
Explore all the episodes, plus stories from the field, full-length interviews and more, from the communities and topics featured on the premiere season of ncIMPACT. Just click the topic below.
Season 1 Town Halls
Women in Construction: Chatham County (Episode 1)
Business is booming in Pittsboro, but that means there is also a greater need for skilled workers. Join Anita Brown-Graham and the ncIMPACT team as they examine how the community is recruiting women to fill these nontraditional jobs like construction and manufacturing.
Mike Walden on Education for Manufacturing Jobs
Mike Walden discusses the importance of educating young people to fill manufacturing jobs.
Andrew Berger-Gross on NC Job Market Trends
Andrew Berger-Gross discusses the general job market trends in North Carolina.
Betsy Bailey on Women in Construction Jobs
Betsy Bailey discusses the need for women in construction jobs in North Carolina.
Construction Training in Community College
ncIMPACT examines how a community college is training women in construction.
Downtown Economic Development: Lenoir County (Episode 2)
ncIMPACT looks at Kinston, one of many communities that have come up with unique ways to revitalize their downtown and attract not just visitors, but people seeking to relocate in their area as well.
How Kinston Revitalized
Former Mayor of Kinston, BJ Murphy, discusses the steps Kinston took to revitalize its downtown area with Anita Brown-Graham.
smART Kinston City Project
Learn about a new initiative which helps artists relocate to Kinston and provides them with affordable housing.
Liz Parham of NC Main Street Program
Liz Parham talks on the importance of finding champions to promote downtown revitalization.
Tyler Mulligan of UNC School of Government
Tyler Mulligan discusses the importance of downtown revitalization and how to succeed.
Pre-K Education: Forsyth County (Episode 3)
In Forsyth County, 75 percent of its four-year-old children lack access to high-quality, pre-kindergarten programs. The Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust is making a multi-million dollar investment in early childhood efforts, which includes working to expand pre-K access to all Forsyth County children.
Training Quality Teachers
Ellen Peisner-Feinburg of the FPG Child Development Institute discusses teacher training.
Expanding North Carolina Pre-K
Don Martin discusses Forsyth's County efforts to expand North Carolina's Pre-K program.
Emphasis on STEAM for Students
Forsyth County Pre-K programs see the need to start science and technology lessons early.
Need for Greater Investment
Tracy Zimmerman of the NC Early Childhood Foundation discusses funding Pre-K efforts.
Rural Healthcare Shortages: McDowell County (Episode 4)
Many rural communities in North Carolina are seeing a shortage of healthcare providers. ncIMPACT is in McDowell County where paramedics making house calls is just one of the ways the community is improving health access.
Calvin Allen discusses the challenges with healthcare access in rural communities.
Telemedicine in Schools
ncIMPACT examines how McDowell County schools are using telemedicine for students.
Bringing Doctors to Rural Areas
Dr. Robert Bashford discusses how to move more doctors into rural communities.
EMS House Calls
EMS in McDowell County are making house calls for their patients to avoid trips to the ER.
Human & Labor Trafficking: Triad (Episode 5)
Human trafficking may not seem like an issue where you live, but the reality is this form of modern-day slavery is occurring at an alarming rate across our state. Host Anita Brown-Graham examines human trafficking within the NC Triad region during this episode of ncIMPACT.
Nancy Hagan, of Project NO Rest, discusses labor trafficking in the Triad region.
Human Trafficking: Anna's Story
Anna Ptak shares her powerful story of overcoming human trafficking in this episode of ncIMPACT.
Recognizing Human Trafficking
Margaret Hendersen of the UNC-School of Government discusses signs to recognize human trafficking.
Combating Human Trafficking
Adam Farnham discusses how the sheriff's office is combating this issue.
Pre-Trial Reform: Haywood & Jackson Counties (Episode 6)
Every day thousands of North Carolinians are stuck in jail not because they’ve been convicted of a crime but simply because they cannot afford to pay bail. Join host Anita Brown-Graham as she explores how communities are working to change this system.
Originally aired Thursday, March 14, 2019, at 8 PM, on UNC-TV. Watch online anytime!
Unfairness of Pretrial System
Susanna Birdsong, from ACLU of North Carolina, discusses how unfair the pretrial system can be.
Pretrial Release Pilot Program
ncIMPACT explores a new pretrial release pilot program in Haywood and Jackson counties.
Tarrah Callahan, from Conservatives for Criminal Justice Reform, discusses jail overcrowding.
Assisting Inmates Transitioning Back into Society
ncIMPACT explores how jails prevent overcrowding by reducing recidivism.
Vocational Apprentice Programs: Alamance County (Episode 7)
Many businesses across North Carolina say they struggle to find quality workers. In Alamance County, an apprenticeship program addresses the immediate need for skilled workers and seeks to grow the next generation of leaders in manufacturing. In this episode of ncIMPACT learn more about the local talent pipeline in Alamance County.
Originally aired Thursday, March 21, 2019, at 8 PM, on UNC-TV. Watch online anytime!
Career Apprenticeship Program
Alamance-Burlington Schools shows students there’s more than one path to obtain a degree in higher education.
Training through Apprenticeship Programs
A panel discusses training students through apprenticeship programs in Alamance County
The demand for workers in this field led to Alamance Community College creating their own mechatronics program.
Developing Apprenticeship Programs
A panel explores how communities can develop an apprenticeship program.
Mental Health & Incarceration: Vance, Granville & Franklin Counties (Episode 8)
In many counties across North Carolina, jails have more adults with mental illness than psychiatric hospitals. And they tend to stay longer and have a higher rate of recidivism. In this episode of ncIMPACT learn more about the impact of the only multi-county effort to address this problem.
Originally aired Thursday, March 28, 2019, at 8 PM on UNC-TV. Watch online anytime!
Community First Steps
Panel discussion on how a community can create an initiative to treat mental health.
Telemedicine in Jails
Explore how jails are using telemedicine to treat those with mental illnesses.
Stepping Up Initiative
An expert panel discusses the multi-county Stepping Up Initiative to get individuals the treatment needed.
Five-County Stepping Up Initiative
ncIMPACT explores the five-county effort in the Stepping Up Initiative.
Adverse Childhood Experiences: Cumberland County (Episode 9)
At its core, most states define an “adverse childhood experience” as neglect or abuse that results in harm, potential for harm, or threat of harm to a child. These experiences can hinder the potential of our youth. We look at programs designed to prevent and combat this issue.
Originally aired Thursday, April 4, 2019, at 8 PM, on UNC-TV. Watch online anytime!
Adverse Childhood Experiences
Panelists Sharon Hirsch, Betsey Tilson, and Elizabeth DeKonty discuss what Adverse Childhood Experiences are and how to help.
We look at the impact of a parenting program in Cumberland County that helps parents learn effective ways to manage their children’s behavior.
Panelists discuss plans being implemented in local communities that help prevent adverse childhood experiences.
Remembering Shaniya Davis in Cumberland County
ncIMPACT remembers Shaniya Davis and explores how her death changed Cumberland County.
Shortage of Firefighters: Orange County (Episode 10)
There is an increasing shortage of volunteer firefighters across our state and across the country. Anita Brown-Graham looks at what rural communities are doing to recruit and support volunteer fire departments and the men and women who serve them.
Originally aired Thursday, April 11, 2019, at 8 PM, on UNC-TV. Watch online anytime!
Firefighter Training in High School
ncIMPACT examines how a local high school is training the next generation of firefighters.
Recruiting Volunteer Firefighters
ncIMPACT hosts a panel on new recruitment efforts for volunteer firefighters.
Shortage of Volunteer Firefighters
ncIMPACT hosts a panel discussion on the shortage of volunteer firefighters.
Importance of Volunteer Firefighters
ncIMPACT examines the importance of volunteer firefighters in Orange County.
Incarceration to Workforce: Pitt County (Episode 11)
Studies show that more than 60% of the formerly incarcerated stay unemployed one year after being released, and those who do get a job, earn 40% less than they did prior to jail. In this week's episode, Anita Brown-Graham takes a look at a program designed to support re-entry into the workforce and to help them re-join their community.
Originally aired Thursday, April 18, 2019, at 8 PM, on UNC-TV. Watch online anytime!
Panel on Work Reentry
Panelists discuss work reentry after incarceration including housing, employment and more.
Challenges with Reentry
An expert panel on the challenges facing the formerly incarcerated when reentering the workforce.
Pitt County Reentry Council
Learn about how multiple stakeholders in Pitt County have come to the table to tackle this issue.
Local Reentry Councils
Panelists Vanessa James, Nicole Sullivan, and Daniel Bowes discuss local reentry councils.
Renewable Energy in Rural Areas: Pasquotank, Perquimans & Gates Counties (Episode 12)
Renewable energy is increasingly championed as a new economy that brings jobs and energy security to a community while combating climate change. In this episode, Anita Brown-Graham looks at how investment in a renewable economy can impact our state’s rural areas.
Originally aired Thursday, April 25, 2019, at 8 PM, on UNC-TV. Watch online anytime!
Renewable Energy in North Carolina
Panelists Katharine Kollins and Brian O'Hara discuss renewable energy in North Carolina.
Renewable Energy Impact on Rural Economies
We look at the impact of how renewable energy facilities are helping develop rural economies.
Panel on Renewable Energy Barriers
Panelists Katharine Kollins and Brian O'Hara explore the barriers to renewable energy.
Investing in Renewable Energy
Host Anita Brown-Graham interviews interviews Donald van der Vaart regarding investing in renewable energy.
Rural Health Transportation: Hertford & Bertie Counties (Episode 13)
The National Rural Health Association recently cited transportation as a key policy concern when it came to older residents in rural areas without access to a car or public transportation. Anita Brown-Graham looks at a new program that is filling this gap and having an impact on health outcomes.
Originally aired Thursday, May 2, 2019, at 8 PM, on UNC-TV. Watch online anytime!
Panel on Rural Transportation and Healthcare
Panelists Hanna Cockburn, Jason Gray, and Brandy Bynum-Dawson discuss rural transportation and access to healthcare.
Transportation and Employment Barriers
We look at the struggle of many rural residents to find reliable transportation and the employment barriers it creates.
Panel on the TRIP Program
A panel discusses the impact of the TRIP Program, operated by Roanoke Chowan Community Health Center, and how it’s already improved health outcomes and reduced hospital costs.
On-Demand Transportation Services
We look at the impact of a local program offering on-demand transportation services for rural residents.
Host Anita Brown-Graham hosts a town hall in Shelby, North Carolina to discuss leveraging cultural resources to strengthen economic development.
Episode: "Shelby—How Culture Boosts the Economy"
Extra: "Shelby Partnerships Drive Cultural Growth"
Town Hall: Navigating the Outdoor Economy in Southwestern NC
Anita Brown-Graham hosts a town hall at Western Carolina University on the growing outdoor industry and economy in Southwestern North Carolina. Generous support for this series is provided by UNC-School of Government and Civic Federal Credit Union.
Episode: "Town Hall Navigating the Outdoor Economy in Southwestern NC"
Extra; "Panel on Outdoor Recreation and the Environment"
Extra; "Panel on the Outdoor Recreation Industry"
Extra; "Growing the Outdoor Economy"
Extra: "Protecting Outdoor Resources"
Town Hall: Challenges of Long-Term Disaster Recovery
ncIMPACT hosts a town hall at UNC-Pembroke on the challenges of long-term disaster recovery, focusing on the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew and Hurricane Florence in Lumberton County. Anita Brown-Graham hosts. Generous support for this series is provided by UNC-School of Government and Civic Federal Credit Union.
Episode: "Challenges of Long-Term Disaster Recovery"
Extra: "Long-Term Disaster Recovery: Job Challenges"
Extra: "Panel on Hurricane Disaster Recovery"
Extra: "Panel on Hurricane Disaster Resilience"
Extra: "Challenges of Long-Term Disaster Recovery: Town Hall Open"
Extra: "Long-Term Disaster Recovery: Housing Challenges"