13 July

School’s Out, But Healthy Summer Meals Are On the Table!

Posted in Health

More than 100,000 children in Central Alabama rely upon free or reduced-price meals at school. But what happens when the school year ends in May? Thousands of children are at risk of hunger because the need for nutritious meals does not end during the summer break. To bridge this gap, the Bold Goals Coalition of […]

15 June

Power-Packed Summer Learning

Posted in Education, Health

School might be out for summer, but students at Oakman Middle School in Walker County still have plenty of things to do. As part of the 21st Century Community Learning Center at the school, the Power Scholars Academy is being conducted through a partnership with YMCA of Greater Birmingham, Walker County Schools and United Way […]

10 May

Central Alabama Is Getting Healthier

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Central Alabama Is Getting Healthier

Jefferson and Walker Counties made significant improvements in the past year in overall health outcomes, according to the eighth annual County Health Rankings, released recently by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) and the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute (UWPHI). Jefferson County moved up in the state rankings from #28 to #17 in health […]

13 April

Walker County Lake Gets Ready for Spring

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Walker County Lake Gets Ready for Spring

Spring is in the air and the Livable Communities Priority Group of the Walker County Health Action Partnership has been gearing up for an active, outdoor season at Walker County Lake. On April 8th, the Nature Trail at the lake got some much needed T.L.C. in time for trail season. Volunteers from Desperation Church in […]

15 March

A Big Event Focused on a Healthier Community

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A Big Event Focused on a Healthier Community

JOIN US FOR THE JEFFERSON COUNTY HEALTH ACTION PARTNERSHIP ANNUAL SUMMIT The Summit is an annual celebration of local efforts and the people who are committed to improving the health of communities across Central Alabama. This year’s Summit will be held at the Birmingham CrossPlex on Friday, April 7th from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. […]

8 December

Health Action Partnership Expands in 2016

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The Health Action Partnership work in Jefferson and Walker counties continued to expand in 2016, with dozens of partners working together in areas ranging from increasing public recreational spaces to improving mental health services. As organizations prepare to continue their work in 2017, and as new partners join the effort in the new year, it […]

11 November

Public-Private Partnerships Expand Access to Walker County Waterways

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The Livable Communities Priority Group of the Walker County Health Action Partnership has been hard at work on their goal to increase access to recreational spaces for outdoor physical activity opportunities. The fact that only 48% of Walker County residents have adequate access to locations for physical activity, coupled with 36% of Walker County adults […]

12 October

Walker County Receives Grant to Enhance Learning

Posted in Health

Bold Goals Coalition partners in both health and education have been making strides in Walker County. In September, the Walker County School System was awarded a three-year $450,000 21st Century Community Learning Centers Grant to enhance learning at its Oakman Middle School. Under a joint application, Walker County Schools, United Way of Central Alabama and […]

14 September

Health Action Partnership (HAP) Leaders Selected for New National Leadership Program to Build Culture of Health

Posted in Health

(Birmingham, AL) Professionals from Albuquerque, N.M., to New York City—working across a range of fields, including architecture, education, and government—have been selected to participate in the Culture of Health Leaders program. Working individually and in teams, these leaders will address top-of-mind issues in health and equity, including food systems, racial stress in urban communities, and […]

12 August

Advancing Health Equity in Jefferson County

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When the Jefferson County Health Action Partnership was restructured in 2015 to reflect the most important health needs identified by the public, the need to pursue health equity in current and future work was at the top of the list of changes. Health equity is achieved when every person has the opportunity to attain his […]