Pipeline Alum Serves Patients in Belize

This summer 2017 found one of our 2013 STARS & STRIPES alums far from home. Kristofer McKinney traveled to Belize to complete both a course in intermediate Spanish and his service learning. While there, he explored the mechanisms of clinical-life at Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital. Nestled in Belize, City, the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital (KHMH) … Continue reading Pipeline Alum Serves Patients in Belize

Pipeline Graduate Sets Her Sights on Addressing Mental Health

Mobile native, Adetoyosi Obikoya participated in the STARS & STRIPES. program through the Center for Healthy Communities at the University of South Alabama during the summer of 2013. A graduating senior at Tuskegee University, (Tuskegee, Alabama) Miss Obikoya interned during the summer of 2017 with The Center for Diversity in Public Health Leadership Training at … Continue reading Pipeline Graduate Sets Her Sights on Addressing Mental Health

Are We Worried Sick About the Rent?

The following excerpt comes from the January 30, 2018, article by Candace Butera in CityLab. There’s been quite a bit of research linking financial insecurity to poor health outcomes. The connection is, on its face, an obvious one, as a depleted checking account can cause stress, which can manifest in our bodies and minds. A … Continue reading Are We Worried Sick About the Rent?

Pipeline Graduate Continues Building Skills through Special Program

A 2013 participant in the STARS & STRIPES program, and a senior Biology major at Talladega College in Talladega, Alabama, Dominiquie Smith was afforded the opportunity of traveling to Buffalo, New York to participate in the Ronald E. McNair Post-Baccalaureate Achievement Program. The 23rd Annual Undergraduate Research Conference was held July 27-29, 2017, at The Conference … Continue reading Pipeline Graduate Continues Building Skills through Special Program

NQF Issues Guidance for Medicaid Programs to Improve Health by Addressing Social Needs

The following excerpt comes from the January 25, 2018, press release from the National Quality Forum. A new report from the National Quality Forum (NQF) outlines a systematic approach for Medicaid programs to better support efforts to collect and use data about individuals’ social needs and increase collaboration between communities and healthcare providers to improve … Continue reading NQF Issues Guidance for Medicaid Programs to Improve Health by Addressing Social Needs

Useful Resource: The NACCHO Advocacy Toolkit

The National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) has released a comprehensive toolkit to assist individuals and groups in creating and implementing advocacy strategies. While created for local health departments, the toolkit offers good information and tips for anyone undertaking an advocacy role. These include: Why Advocate? Distinguishing between Advocacy and Lobbying Meeting … Continue reading Useful Resource: The NACCHO Advocacy Toolkit

South Students, Faculty Volunteer at Project Homeless Connect

The following excerpt comes from the January 26, 2018, article by Joy Washington published on the University of South Alabama Website. More than 100 of Mobile and Baldwin counties’ homeless residents received fresh haircuts, medical help and leads to possible employment, along with other resources, at the 2018 Project Homeless Connect event held on Friday, … Continue reading South Students, Faculty Volunteer at Project Homeless Connect

Food Stamp Program Makes Fresh Produce More Affordable

The following excerpt comes from the January 16, 2018, article by Courtney Perkes on Shots: Health News from NPR. Rebeca Gonzalez grew up eating artichokes from her grandmother's farm in the central Mexican state of Tlaxcala. But for years after emigrating to the U.S., she did not feed them to her own kids because the … Continue reading Food Stamp Program Makes Fresh Produce More Affordable

It’s Not the Food Deserts: It’s the Inequality

The following excerpt comes from the January 18, 2018, article by Richard Florida in CityLab. Too many Americans are overweight and eat unhealthy food, a problem that falls disproportionately on poor and low-income people. For many urbanists, the main culprit has long been “food deserts”—disadvantaged neighborhoods that are underserved by quality grocery stores, and where … Continue reading It’s Not the Food Deserts: It’s the Inequality

Useful Resource: AHRQ Health Literacy Universal Precautions Toolkit

  The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) developed Health Literacy Universal Precautions Toolkit to provide medical practices with resources to improve both spoken and written communication with patients. The “universal” nature of the toolkit focuses on creating an environment in both adult and pediatric practices that “ensure systems are in place to promote … Continue reading Useful Resource: AHRQ Health Literacy Universal Precautions Toolkit