Alabama’s Strategic Alliance for Health (SAH) communities seek to improve community health through sustainable, innovative, and evidence-based community health promotion and chronic disease prevention interventions that promote policy, systems, and environmental changes. Aligned with the national Strategic Alliance for Health strategy, Alabama’s SAH communities focus on building local capacity to institute policy, systems, and environmental changes related to promoting physical activity, nutrition, and reducing tobacco use and exposure.
SAH developed three Implementation Guides to help communities with the following steps:
- Increase access to locally grown fresh fruits and vegetables by revitalizing community farmers markets.
- Establish worksite wellness committees.
- Create safe and accessible walking paths.
These guides are an accumulation of the work accomplished in each of the funded communities with tips and barriers for implementation.
Local capacity has been built in Dallas County through partnerships to increase access to healthier foods for citizens. The implication of this intervention is that it will prove successful in achieving the goal of increasing access to locally grown fresh fruits and vegetables through a farmers market for approximately 42,000 citizens of Dallas County.
Dallas County Implementation Guide (2 MB)
Local employers in Perry County are working towards establishing work site wellness committees that support implementation of comprehensive wellness programs. The implication of this intervention is that it can improve the health of employees.
Perry County Implementation Guide
Creating new walking paths was identified as an environmental intervention needed for Sumter County after a community assessment demonstrated that many citizens had no access to safe walking areas. The implication of this intervention is that it will allow the county’s 14,000 residents to become more physically active on a daily basis and, thereby, reduce risk for chronic disease.
Sumter County Implementation Guide (2 MB)