The Pathways of Opportunity Network was formed to research model programs, provide training to better understand the underlying issues related to poverty in Blair County, and to network with other agencies and programs that provide resources for low-income residents. Meetings are scheduled the fourth Thursday of the month at 2:00 pm.

Accomplishment and Activities:

In collaboration with community partners, the work group organized and sponsored ten Poverty Simulation events with over 1019 participants and volunteers. Please contact us if your group is interested in a poverty simulation.

Conducted fifteen Bridges Out of Poverty training for over 250 participants.

A Foods Initiative Sub-Committee was formed to address food insecurity and food deserts on Blair County.  A pilot project has been implemented to screen and provide healthy foods to patients at Altoona Family Physicians and Partnership for Dental Services Clinic.

Blair County was one of twelve counties from across the country to be chosen by the National Association of Counties (NACo) in partnership with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation County Health Rankings & Roadmaps Programs to receive community coaching on efforts to reduce childhood poverty with an emphasis on youth connections. Check out our Youth Connection Task Force page for more information.

Blair County was one of twelve counties from across the country to be chosen by the National Association of Counties (NACo) to receive community coaching on efforts to address housing.

Plans for 2021:

Support the Farm to Early Child Care and Education (ECE) Initiative.  Blair County was chosen to participate in the Food Trust Farm to Early Child Care & Education (ECE) Program. The Food Trust is a nonprofit organization with the priority to improve access to healthy food and provide related information/resources through their Ready, Set, Grow Program.  One goal is to strengthen Farm to ECE practices and policies in Blair County.

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