Advocates for Health in Action (AHA)
WakeMed Health & Hospitals is pleased to be a member organization of Advocates for Health in Action.
AHA works to achieve its mission by shaping policy and environments that ensure affordable access to healthful foods and physical activity for all community members.
AHA does not create or implement programs, but facilitates partnership and collaboration between existing programs and services to create a community that works together effectively. AHA also helps identify gaps in community resources and advocates for what is needed to fill these gaps.
The AHA membership currently includes 35 stakeholder organizations and will continue to grow as needs and opportunities are identified.
The Community Gardens and Farmers' Markets work group updates the AHA website and takes the lead on educating the AHA membership and the community on advocacy opportunities as they relate to community gardens and farmers' markets.
The goal of the work group is to help Wake County citizens understand the value of consuming locally grown foods by bringing together resources and education on Community Gardens, Farmers' Markets, CSAs, and "Pick-Your-Own" farms.
Access and Environment
The access and environment work group focuses on projects that increase access to healthful foods and physical activity for everyone in Wake County.
Current projects of this work group include the Wake County PTA Brains and Bodies Workshops, Community Gardens Collaboration, and the Wake County healthful eating and physical activity asset mapping.
Engagement and Inclusion This work group ensures that there is appropriate community and organizational representation in order to fulfill AHA's mission.
The engagement and inclusion work group is currently focusing on how to get youth involved in the work of AHA.
The public relations work group is responsible for seeing that the work of AHA is effectively communicated to AHA members and the community at-large.
This workgroup is also responsible for maintaining and distributing the resource directory to ensure that AHA has a comprehensive list of what is happening in Wake County that promotes healthful eating and physical activity.
The public relations work group is also responsible for keeping the AHA Website updated.
Laura Bridges Aiken, MA, MHA
Community Health Specialist, WakeMed
Health & Hospitals
Director, Advocates for Health in Action
The AHA office is located in the WakeMed
space at the Alexander Family YMCA in
1603 Hillsborough Street
Raleigh, North Carolina 27605
Advocates for Health in Action
P.O. Box 14465
Raleigh, North Carolina 27620