United Way of Central Alabama works towards a healthier community through strong partnerships with dedicated organizations. United Way is involved in on-the-ground programs to fight childhood obesity and health initiatives supported with funding from Federal, State and Foundation sources.
United Way promotes healthy lifestyles for Central Alabama by supporting health-focused agencies and programs as well as collaborations and partnerships, such as the Health Action Partnerships of Jefferson and Walker Counties and Safe Routes to School. These efforts address childhood obesity, access to healthy foods and safe areas for exercise in our community.
United Way of Central Alabama’s Safe Routes to School (SRTS) initiative works to create safe, convenient and fun opportunities for students to walk to school. SRTS partners with schools to educate and encourage students to walk to school; and works with cities to improve infrastructure to be more conducive for walking and biking. The initiative strives to increase physical activity, increased safety, traffic mitigation and improved air quality.
United Way helps provide ongoing services for people living with HIV/AIDs. In addition to supporting agencies in Central Alabama, United Way partners with AIDs clinics across Alabama to assist 10,000 people living with HIV/AIDs each year. For the statewide initiative, United Way receives funding from the Ryan White Program administered by the Alabama Department of Public Health and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS).
United Way is committed to partnering to build healthy communities in Central Alabama. We are doing this by supporting agencies and programs who meet various health needs throughout the region. Through our Healthy Communities initiative United Way is using collaborations and partnerships, such as the Health Action Partnerships of Jefferson and Walker Counties and Safe Routes to School, to build healthy communities and promote healthy lifestyles.
The Health Workgroup of the Bold Goals Coalition of Central Alabama is leading discussions and refining strategies to develop an overarching goal of improving health outcomes in five Central Alabama counties. Our work is to look for alignments that will allow us to drive community change “further faster” by developing coordinated strategies for implementing articulated goals.