As part of the mission, Alabama Health Action Coalition (AL-HAC) wants to focus their efforts to build healthier communities. To accomplish this mission, AL-HAC has been teaming up with other organizations such as GEAR UP Alabama and The University of Alabama at Birmingham.
GEAR UP is a U.S. Department of Education program awarding multiyear grants that enc-
ourage schools, communities, and states to coordinate services to increase the numbers of low-income students enrolling and succeeding in higher education. The UAB School of Education won a GEAR UP grant in 2014 that includes $24.5 million plus another $24.5 million in matching funds from Alabama colleges, community foundations, corporate partners, government agencies, and participating school systems.
Currently, AL-HAC is helping to lead family health and nutrition seminars. Studies show that students perform better academically when they feel good. It is hoped that, with these partnerships, students will be well on their way to improved educational outcomes and, ultimately, better health.
Read more about the initiative by following this link: http://www.uab.edu/uabmagazine/features/the-seven-year-switch