The five-year Alabama Strategic Alliance for Health Program is funded by the U. S. Department of Health and Human Services and the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). It is part of a national initiative named Building a Healthier Nation – Strategic Alliance for Health. This initiative is designed to advance evidence and practice-based chronic disease community programs supporting policy, systems, and environmental change that impact obesity, diabetes, and cardiovascular disease. Visit the CDC's Strategic Alliance for Health (SAH) Communities Website.
The Strategic Alliance for Health Program provides five year funding awards to twelve communities nationwide. Three of the communities are here in Alabama (Dallas, Perry and Sumter counties). Funding was also provided to:
- The State Department of Health of New York, which will support Albany County, Broome County, Orange County, and Schenectady County
- DeKalb County, GA
- Hamilton County, OH
- New York City, NY
- Sault Saint Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians, MI
- Cherokee Nation, OK
In Alabama, community-driven activities will promote physical activity and nutrition, reduce tobacco use and exposure, improve access to quality health care, and help eliminate racial and ethnic health disparities related to these three chronic diseases.