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Community health gets boost with $133,000 in grants

August 27, 2009

The Community Foundation and the Jefferson County Department of Health are powerful partners. Add to the team the other 60 or so organizations that make up the Health Action Partnership, all doing whatever they can to follow “Our Community Roadmap to Health” and make the people of Jefferson County as healthy as they can be.

The result is real health — not just calories counted or miles recorded on the treadmill, but health for the whole community. Together we are creating new ways to encourage people to be more active and eat healthy foods.

The announcement of the first-ever direct grants to the Health Action Partnership from the JCDH Public Health Fund at the Community Foundation is exciting news, with so much potential to create change across our county and a new model that can be used anywhere.

First the model: Out of the $133,000 total in grants, $83,000 is targeted for Eastern Birmingham, where the Northeast YMCA will organize neighborhood walking groups and diabetes checks for African-Americans, Main Street Birmingham will study the feasibility of an expanded farmers market, P.E.E.R. will expand health services and its food basket outreach and Ruffner Mountain Nature Center will offer tours for local school children.

Another $50,000 will be used across Jefferson County to benefit projects that range from trash pickup to a Spanish-language radio program promoting health. In every case, the grants support what the people of Jefferson County said they wanted, as recorded in the “Roadmap.”

Congratulations to all the hard-working people who will put these new projects into action. Click here to read more about Health Action Partnership or contact Webb Lyons by e-mail or at 327-3817. The full list of grants is on our website.

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