Publications, Webinars, and Podcasts
North Carolina after the Pandemic: A Model for Creating a Successful Business Ecosystem for All
As a magnet for both population and employment growth, North Carolina has a propitious opportunity to create an inclusive and equitable entrepreneurial and small business ecosystem to support the state’s newfound prosperity. Leveraging qualitative insights from key informant interviews with government officials, community leaders, and minority entrepreneurs in one of the state’s hot spots for growth, we outline the major parameters of a place-based approach to creating an inclusive entrepreneurship and small business ecosystem that generates shared prosperity, eliminating in the process longstanding inequities in community economic development in the state.
Virginia’s Shifting Demographics and the Future Competitiveness of the Commonwealth
A Whole Community Health approach to Virginia’s rapid population growth over the past three decades and demographic challenges.
Building an Inclusive Entrepreneurial Ecosystem
Building an Inclusive Entrepreneurial EcosystemInsight by James H. Johnson Jr., Ph.D, Jeanne Milliken Bonds, MPAKenan-Flagler Business School UNC-Chapel HillOctober, 2022Home | Publications | Building an Inclusive Entrepreneurial Ecosystem North Carolina has emerged...
Demographically Targeted Approaches to Community Economic Development in North Carolina
Demographically Targeted Approaches to Community Economic Development in North Carolina This Kenan Institute insight explores two major challenges in North Carolina's rapid growth during the first 15 months of the pandemic.Report by James H. Johnson Jr., Ph.D, Jeanne...
North Carolina’s Community Health Worker Initiative
Community Health Workers support frontline public health professionals during times of public health pandemics by providing communities with trusted messengers that are a support system and liaison to medical and social services. North Carolina deployed Community Health Workers during the COVID-19 pandemic using funding under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act with success. We offer recommendations for a more robust program going forward using what was learned during the pandemic.
COVID-19 and North Carolina’s Shifting Demography
COVID-19 and North Carolina's Shifting DemographicsThis study reveals COVID-19’s impact on the geo-demography of North Carolina.Report by James H. Johnson Jr., Ph.D, Jeanne Milliken Bonds, MPAKenan-Flagler Business School UNC-Chapel HillAllan M. Parnel Vice President,...
Urgently Needed: Equity Tools to Navigate Demographic Gale-Force Wind Gusts
Demographic disruptors could prevent North Carolina from reaching public health goals. Outlined here are policy prescriptions and strategic investments to turn these disruptors into opportunities.
Southern Exposure: Lived Experiences of the COVID-19 Pandemic
The COVID-19 pandemic wreaked havoc and disrupted the lives of low-income individuals and families throughout this state in the southeast region of the U.S.
Real Estate Alert! Gale Force Demographic Wind Gusts Ahead
Newcomers from other states and abroad are principally responsible for North Carolina’s population boom–growth by 3.9 million– since 1990. However, seven powerful demographic disruptors—analogous to gale force wind gusts in an adverse weather event—can potentially quell future growth and demand for residential and commercial real estate. Strategies to circumnavigate the adverse effects of the demographic gale force winds ahead are discussed.
Business Alert! Gale Force Demographic Wind Gusts Ahead
Seven powerful demographic trends—analogous to gale force wind gusts in an adverse weather event—constitute potentially powerful disruptors of business and commerce in the years ahead. Four of the gale force demographic disruptors—slowing total and foreign-born population growth, white population loss, and declining fertility— have evolved over the past several decades.
Assessing the Impact of Covid-19 on Low Income Households and Communities in North Carolina
The North Carolina Community Action Association(NCCAA) commissioned a study to assess the impact ofthe COVID-19 pandemic on its efforts to combat povertyand facilitate self-sufficiency in low-income communities throughout the state. We conducted focus groups withindividuals served by Community Action Agencies (CAAs)and conducted a corresponding set of key informantinterviews with identified leaders in five communitiesacross the state.
Prioritize High-Risk Demographics in Vaccine Rollout
The pandemic is having a compounded effect of communities of color. Already over-represented relative to their shares of the total population in coronavirus infections, hospitalizations, and deaths, people of color also have a higher likelihood of living in over-crowded multi-generational households than are Whites.
Proceed with Caution in Reopening Public Schools
Despite advocacy from governmental officials and parents alike, we urge caution in the reopening of public schools before the coronavirus pandemic is fully under control. We are especially concerned about the premature re-opening of schools in impoverished and flood-prone urban and rural environments.
CORONAVIRUS VACCINE DISTRIBUTION: A Race Blind Approach to a Racially Disparate Problem?
Considerable scholarly analysis and media attention has documented the racially disparate impact of coronavirus infections, hospitalizations, and deaths. Constituting 13 percent of the general population, Blacks reportedly account for 25 percent of those that have tested positive and 39 percent of the COVID-related deaths in the United States.
Establishing Reputational Equity for the Nursing Profession
The nursing profession in the United States was experiencing a labor shortage and facing diversity and inclusion challenges prior to the Covid-19 pandemic. Magnifying these problems, the nation’s population was shifting–geographically and demographically.
Keys to Financial Inclusion Episode 04: Promoting Inclusive Community Development – A Conversation with Jeanne Milliken Bonds
Jeanne Milliken Bonds, Professor of the Practice for Impact Investment and Sustainable Finance at the University of North Carolina’s Kenan Flagler Business School, joins the program for the fourth episode of Keys to Financial Inclusion.
Warning: Demographic Headwinds Ahead
Knowledge of our changing demography can serve as both foundation and frame for how to achieve greater social, economic, environmental, and health equity in North Carolina…
Does Your City Have Reputational Equity?
We leverage evidence-based best practices of inclusive and equitable development from the research literature to devise a reputational equity checklist.
Does Your Firm Have Reputational Equity?
Americans are turning to companies with purpose and ethics to lead us through the profound anxiety and crises we are currently experiencing as a nation. Use this corporate reputational equity checklist to brand or rebrand your firm as an inclusive and equitable workplace.
Being Transformative in Opportunity Zones with Jeanne Bonds
Opportunity Zones are an innovative approach to spurring long-term private sector investments in low-income communities…
Scientific Sense® with Gill Eapen: Prof. Jeanne Bonds
Jeanne Milliken Bonds, Professor of the Practice, Impact Investment, and Sustainable Finance at the Kenan-Flagler Business School at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill on Whole Community Health, speaks on pilot project by Kenan Charitable Trust in two North Carolina counties.
Coronavirus Pandemic Refugees and the Future of American Cities
History informs us that there is a migratory outflow from cities in response to pandemics. The Coronavirus Pandemic is no exception.
Leading, Managing and Communicating in an Era of Certain Uncertainty
We are living in an era of increasing volatility, uncertainty, complexity and ambiguity—a VUCA World. “Certain-uncertainty” is the new normal in today’s society and economy.
Scapegoating Immigrants in the Covid-19 Pandemic
Immigrants are once again the targets of draconian policy making. It is during the COVID-19 pandemic this time.
Pay for Success: How Emerging Finance Tools Are Supporting Workforce Development
Pay for Success (PFS) is a public policy tool that may be used in the workforce developmentsector to test new programs guided by predetermined outcomes for a target population ora community. PFS is a contractual arrangement that ties payment for delivery of services tospecific, measurable outcomes. Through the contract, it ensures quality and effective servicesthat hopefully will lead to long-term positive change for both the individuals and communities.For example, outcomes may be measured by participants in job training programs finding andsustaining employment, and ultimately experiencing wage increases.