The 2016 Jefferson County Health Action Partnership Summit is only two weeks away. The Summit is an annual celebration of local health efforts and the people who are committed to improving the health of communities across Central Alabama. This year’s event will be from 8am-2pm on Wednesday, February 10th at the McWane Science Center, 200 19th St N, Birmingham, AL 35203.
The theme of this year’s Summit is Equitable Approaches to Creating Healthy Communities and will feature a keynote address from Shavon Arline-Bradley, Director of External Engagement at the Office of the United States Surgeon General.
Mrs. Arline-Bradley has over 15 years of public health experience in the areas of health disparities, federal and state government health program management, and community and stakeholder collaborative relationship building. She was formerly the Executive Vice President of Strategic Planning for Partnership for the NAACP, where she was responsible for coordinating and planning the Association’s health agenda and program implementation efforts.
Additional presentations include a Health Equity Orientation led by Dr. Monica Baskin of the UAB School of Preventative Medicine and Jefferson County Place Matters Team and updates from Health Action Partners on the work that is planned for 2016.
In an effort to address the comprehensive nature of community health, the work of the Jefferson County Health Action Partnership is currently focused on improving mental health, optimizing healthcare access, advancing health equity, promoting healthy lifestyles, and improving the built environment, transportation and safety. United Way of Central Alabama, Community Foundation of Greater Birmingham, Jefferson County Department of Health, Jefferson County Place Matters, YMCA of Greater Birmingham, and Alabama Department of Public Health are currently providing leadership to the nearly 100 community organizations working in these areas.
All of these efforts are designed to support the work of the Bold Goals Coalition‘s collaborative approach to ensuring all Central Alabama counties will be ranked in the top 10 for health outcomes in Alabama by 2025.