WHO WE ARE

Live Well Allegheny, an initiative of the Allegheny County Health Department, is a county-wide campaign to improve the overall health and wellness of Allegheny County residents. The campaign aims to improve health and well-being of residents through collaborative work with partners, stakeholders, and residents. Live Well Allegheny connects communities, schools, workplaces, restaurants, and community partners in collective action to achieve our goal of making Allegheny County the healthiest county in the nation.

We encourage all of the municipalities, school districts, restaurants, and workplaces in Allegheny County to Gain Live Well status and join us in making Allegheny County a healthy place to live.

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Our goal is to include activities in all 130 municipalities that call Allegheny County home – including the 90 neighborhoods comprising the City of Pittsburgh and all of our county’s 43 school districts.

OUR MISSION

In January 2014, Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald launched Live Well Allegheny, to promote wellness in Allegheny County. Led by the Board of Health and Allegheny Health Department Director Dr. Karen Hacker, Live Well Allegheny highlights the importance of increasing physical activity and healthy eating, and of taking a proactive approach to health.

This long-term effort focuses on more than just physical health. It also includes mental wellness, personal and community safety, preparedness, efforts to improve well-being and quality of life, education and health literacy. Live Well Allegheny‘s goals will evolve in response to trends, data and statistics brought to bear by the Health Department and its stakeholders.

STRATEGIC INITIATIVES

Richard King Mellon Foundation: With funding from the Richard King Mellon Foundation, ACHD expanded Live Well Allegheny through strategic partnerships with the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank, Just Harvest, United Way’s fitUnited, Allegheny County Economic Development, and RAND Health to increase access to healthy food options and physical activity opportunities, and survey health behaviors to improve health in Allegheny County. By implementing innovative programming, the partners aimed to reduce poor nutrition and physical inactivity, increase access to healthy opportunities, and create health equity in all neighborhoods. To find more details about this project, please visit our interactive story map.

CDC’s REACH Grant: In 2018, ACHD received the Racial and Ethnic Approaches to Community Health (REACH) Grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Through this project, ACHD aims to enhance health equity in Allegheny County by addressing risk factors associated with chronic disease in African American/Black populations living in six high-risk target communities. This new funding allows ACHD to continue to address healthy equity and chronic disease risk factors by partnering with community-based organizations.

STRATEGIC INITIATIVES (cont’d)

Childhood Obesity Intervention Cost-Effectiveness Study (CHOICES): ACHD was selected to join the CHOICES Learning Collaborative Partnership in 2018. This year-long process brings together health agencies and the expertise of the CHOICES team to build capacity among local decision-makers to use cost-effectiveness analysis to identify childhood obesity prevention strategies that offer the best value for money. This partnership process helps to cultivate alliances and support for future childhood obesity prevention planning.

Safe & Health Communities: In 2017, ACHD received funding to promote the safety and wellbeing of Allegheny County residents. In partnership with community organizations, the Safe and Healthy Communities initiative promotes programming to help people across the lifespan live safely including access to safe physical activity and transportation, access to healthy foods, traumatic brain injury, abuse prevention, motor vehicle safety, and falls prevention.

Allegheny Quits for Life: Since 2015, Live Well Allegheny has partnered with Tobacco Free Allegheny for a week-long series of events and communications designed to support residents’ efforts to quit smoking and using tobacco products. This week is focused on conveying the message that a smoke-free Allegheny is a healthier Allegheny, and to secure commitments from residents to take the first steps towards quitting.

Live Well Allegheny Student-Led Initiative: In 2015, health department expanded the Live Well Allegheny campaign by engaging youth as leaders in community health improvement as part of our Student-Led Health Initiative. The goal was to empower young leaders who will both develop and deliver health messages to youth in our community to help them develop lifelong habits to live healthier lives. Student-led initiatives include:

Health in All Policies: This is a collaborative approach to improving the health of all by considering the health implications of public policies across sectors. Live Well Allegheny focuses on the health factors that impact chronic disease: physical inactivity, poor nutrition, and tobacco use. For more information visit our partner resources page.