Making North Carolina the Healthiest State in the Nation
The NC General Assembly established the North Carolina Health and Wellness Trust Fund Commission (HWTF) in May 2001 to invest in programs and establish partnerships to address access, prevention, education and research that help improve the health of all North Carolinians. HWTF’s key mission is to prevent, reduce and remedy the effects of tobacco use, with a particular emphasis on youth. The Trust Fund has also embarked on numerous initiatives to improve public health, and to reduce the economic and human suffering caused by preventable diseases.
Since its inception, HWTF has awarded grants to communities facing the serious challenges of childhood obesity, health disparities, youth tobacco use, rural health care and access to medications for low-income and uninsured populations.