22 November

The Results Are In: After-school and Summer Programs Work!

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What’s the connection between health and education? Research shows that better-educated individuals live longer, healthier lives with reduced risk of illness and increased vitality – and their children are more likely to thrive and be successful in school. That’s why, as part of the Bold Goals Coalition’s work to improve health in Central Alabama, the […]

19 October

Newly Elected City Leaders Support Complete Streets

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The Complete Streets strategy for Birmingham reached a new mile marker last week. An interactive workshop hosted by United Way of Central Alabama (UWCA) and facilitated by Smart Growth America and the National Complete Streets Coalition, brought together a number of key stakeholders committed to improving the safety and accessibility of Birmingham streets. Birmingham Mayor-elect […]

15 September

On the Road to Better Streets

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As in most cities, the streets of Birmingham have been designed primarily for cars. But what about pedestrians and bicycles? There’s a significant movement afoot to incorporate sidewalks, bike lanes and more into the planning of streets and revitalization of neighborhoods. And the benefits of doing so can be far-reaching – especially with respect to […]

18 August

Improving Health Outcomes through Coordinated Care

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On August 11th, the Leadership Team of the Walker County Health Action Partnership (anchored in part by the Bold Goals Coalition and United Way of Central Alabama) voted to approve the new Coordinated Care Priority Group. Chaired by Joette Kelley Brown and Co-Chaired by Alicia Stewart, both of Ridgeview and Ridgewood Health Services, the group’s […]

13 July

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

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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 […]