We are glad to see the March 20 announcement of the 2013 County Health Rankings report by the Robert Wood Johnson (RWJ) Foundation, which has been a great supporter of important work for the Jefferson County Health Action Partnership (HAP) in recent years. Together with other funders, including the Community Foundation, and more than 100 partner organizations, we can be proud that our community is showing progress on indicators that range from mortality to food access.
As one of three HAP anchor organizations (with the Jefferson County Department of Health and United Way of Central Alabama), we glad to see how Walking School Buses, community markets and other efforts can be part of making Jefferson County a healthier place to live, learn, work and play. They also are part of strategies in own Results Framework, which seeks to help people lead healthy lives across the Birmingham region.
Positive movement in these rankings helps us to know that we are moving in the right direction, as Dr. Mark Wilson commented in his role as chair of the HAP Leadership Team. “It is clear that we need to make more progress, which is why the Health Action Partnership has ‘Priority Groups’ continuing our efforts to create and sustain livable communities, tobacco-free living, healthy food choices and healthy children and youth.”
You can see the full report on-line with results for all 67 Alabama counties, including Jefferson, Shelby, St. Clair, Walker and Blount counties in our footprint. Contact Gus Heard-Hughes to learn more about Community Foundation involvement or go to the Health Action Partnership to find out how you or the nonprofit organization you represent can get involved.