Our PURPOSE

The purpose of the Athens Wellbeing Project (AWP) is to assist our community leaders and institutions by providing a comprehensive snapshot of our community’s unique needs and assets in Athens-Clarke County. Our survey data close the gap in existing secondary data sets, providing our community with more robust information that can be used to inform policy and practice in a variety of settings.

The AWP is pioneering an unprecedented collaboration of community leaders, using a data collection approach that is unique and comprehensive. Our assessment provides information in five domain areas:

  • LIFELONG LEARNING

  • HEALTH

  • HOUSING

  • COMMUNITY SAFETY

  • CIVIC VITALITY


QUOTES FROM OUR PARTNERS

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)