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’s Healthy Communities initiative promotes active modes of transportation, like walking and biking, through its Safe Routes program. The Safe Routes program is active in the community working with schools to educate and encourage students to make healthy lifestyle choices. The Safe Routes program also partners with cities to improve infrastructure and the physical environment to be more conducive for walking and biking.
The Safe Routes program strives to increase opportunities for safe physicial activity, reduce traffic congestion, improve air quality and increased community engagement. This year, United Way’s Safe Routes program coordinated walking, biking and safety events at 45+ community events engaging more than 4,000 students, teachers, parents and community partners.
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.