Formed in March 2015, the Alamance Wellness Collaborative convenes multidisciplinary partners to implement active living and healthy eating strategies throughout the county. Members include key leaders from planning, public health, business, parks and recreation, education, and nonprofit organizations. By adopting a countywide approach, representatives from different municipalities and agencies can work collectively and more efficiently on shared goals. The Collaborative recognizes the importance of creating environments where current and future residents have access to opportunities to improve their health—including facilities that encourage physical activity, healthy food outlets, healthy school environments, as well as policies and the economic base to support them.
The Collaborative identified the following strategies to guide its work in Alamance County:
The Collaborative structure facilitates new connections and partnerships within and outside of the county, leading to opportunities to collaborate on grants, advocate for each other’s work, and develop new projects. Members have improved their understanding of strategies for policy, systems, and environmental change, and how they can be applied in their work. By creating an intentional process that focuses on Alamance County’s built environment and people, the Alamance Wellness Collaborative members and leaders are building a foundation to support the health and economic wellbeing of our community.
Accomplishments of the Wellness Collaborative: