8 December

Health Action Partnership Expands in 2016

Posted in Health

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 […]

2 December

Why Does Attendance Matter?

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Our 3rd Grade Reading Action Network is focusing on improving school attendance by reducing the number of students who are chronically absent. Why does attendance matter? Studies show that missing just 10 percent or more of school – whether absences are excused, unexcused or due to suspension – predicts lower levels of numeracy and literacy […]

16 November

Growing the Bold Goals Financial Services Network

The Bold Goals Financial Services Network (FSN) recently finished compiling baseline financial data with the intent to build a better system of financial literacy services, particularly to low-income people and those at-risk for predatory lending practices. After receiving feedback on this data from the FSN Steering Committee in late September 2016, the Network Team is […]

11 November

Public-Private Partnerships Expand Access to Walker County Waterways

Posted in Health

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 […]

3 November

FAFSA Network Kicks off FAFSA Season

Posted in Education

Career coaches, school counselors, and district administrators from all across Central Alabama kicked off FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) season with a special Bold Goals FAFSA Action Network event on October 6th. This FAFSA kickoff event was a chance to look at last year’s data, celebrate successes, and spread best practices to ensure […]

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 […]

6 October

Taking Action: Expanding Pre-K Access

Posted in Education

The Early Learning Action Network of Bold Goals Education works to ensure all children are ready to learn when they start kindergarten. To achieve this goal, the Early Learning Action Network is helping more communities have access to Alabama First Class Pre-K Classrooms through a community-based expansion pilot project. Through this project, the Early Learning […]

23 September

Southeast Regional Meeting of the national campaign for CGLR

Posted in Education

Last week more than 70 people from six different states came to Birmingham for the Southeast Regional Meeting of the national Campaign for Grade Level Reading (CGLR). The Literacy Council hosted the two-day meeting where people learned about the campaign and shared best practices from across the country. The CGLR is “a collaborative effort by […]

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

Posted in Health

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 […]