The purpose of the Athens Wellbeing Project (AWP) is to assist our community leaders and institutions by providing a comprehensive snapshot of the region’s as well as our community’s unique needs and assets here in Athens-Clarke County. For starters, the AWP will be used to inform and empower Local School Governance Teams (LSGTs) with neighborhood-level survey data. These data will be used to develop strategic plans for school attendance zones throughout our community's transition to a charter district system.

Our assessment provides information in what we call "domain" areas of EDUCATION, HEALTH, HOUSING, COMMUNITY SAFETY, and CIVIC VITALITY. The AWP is pioneering an unprecedented collaboration of community leaders, using a data collection approach that is representative of our community.


By using the AWP data our institutional partners and community stakeholders hope to…

“… gain a better understanding of out-of-school issues that influence student learning across the district and within specific school communities.”- Claire Suggs (CCSD - Chief of Community Engagement and Strategic Partnerships)

“… shape strategic responses in philanthropy.”- Sarah McKinney (AACF - President/ CEO)

“… supplement & expand our Community Health Needs Assessment data to truly represent the community members’ perception of what are the greatest health needs of our community.”- Alex Lundy (St. Mary’s Hospital -Community Benefits Manager)

“… increase local funding for community development and services.”-Deborah Lonon (ACC government - Director of Housing and Community Development)

“… determine what programs St. Mary’s can provide to the community in order to help address any disparities and prominent health concerns.”- Courtney Vickery (St. Mary’s Hospital - Director Corporate Health Services)

“… direct resources and volunteer investments towards the specific areas in education, workforce development, and access to health, where the greatest needs are present.”- Emily Nicholos (United Way - Associate Vice President of Community Impact & Innovation)

“… utilize the weight and power of Envision Athens to meet needs as they are articulated by you, a community member.  We want to craft solutions that are precisely what you need.”- Erin Barger (Envision Athens - Project Manager)

“… track improvements in health disparities, maintain focus on different at-risk groups, and develop appropriate programs for prevention and wellness.”- Elaine Cook (Piedmont Athens Regional-Vice President, Public and Government Affairs)

“… improve outcomes for children, youth, and families in health, education, safety, economic well-being, and community engagement.”- Tim Johnson (Family Connection - Communities in Schools - Executive Director)