Useful Resource: New Playbook: Creating Community Partnerships for Health Equity

The following excerpt comes from the July 30, 2018, article by Amanda Merk on Salud America! A new action-oriented guide is available to foster collaboration between the health sector and the organizations working to improve the conditions of poverty, known as the community development sector. Collaboration among these sectors is critical because more than 80% … Continue reading Useful Resource: New Playbook: Creating Community Partnerships for Health Equity

Study ranks Alabama 6th-worst in health care

The following excerpt comes from the August 7, 2018, article by Jessica Barnett in The News Courier. According to the most recent available estimates by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, Alabamians spend more than $35 billion each year on personal health care. This figure is one of many factors considered in its current ranking … Continue reading Study ranks Alabama 6th-worst in health care

Perry County to Tuscaloosa: A 70-Minute Drive for Rural Women Seeking Obstetrics Care

The following excerpt comes from the July 23, 2018, article by Allexa Gardner on the Say Ahhh! Blog. I have driven the 57 miles from Perry County, Alabama to Tuscaloosa many times, with long stretches of bumpy road that is marred by stop lights as you get closer to the city. All in all it’s … Continue reading Perry County to Tuscaloosa: A 70-Minute Drive for Rural Women Seeking Obstetrics Care

Using Art to Raise Awareness

On August 10th,  the Alabama Contemporary Art Center (ACAC) opened a new installation exploring issues impacting health in Mobile, AL. Developed through a partnership with the University of South Alabama Center for Healthy Communities (CHC), the exhibit uses a combination of commissioned artworks and photos from Community Health Advocates (CHA) to bring awareness to issues … Continue reading Using Art to Raise Awareness

The two Americas of cardiovascular health: Heart disease is becoming a big red state problem

The following excerpt comes from the July 11, 2018, article by Tim Mullaney on CNBC. One of the greatest triumphs the United States has made in medical care is the steady progress in preventing and treating heart disease. It is still the No. 1 cause of death in America. That's why any step in the … Continue reading The two Americas of cardiovascular health: Heart disease is becoming a big red state problem

New Art Exhibit Explores Issues Impacting Community Health in Mobile

The Center for Healthy Communities is proud to announce the partnership with the Alabama Contemporary Art Center to develop an art exhibition highlighting issues impacting community health in Mobile, AL. The following excerpt comes from the description of the Raise 251 exhibit, set to open on August 10th. “Taking traditional “photovoice” methods of community-based participatory … Continue reading New Art Exhibit Explores Issues Impacting Community Health in Mobile

Early Childhood and Health Equity

A report released by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation in May 2018 explores the barriers to health equity in early life and promising strategies for overcoming them. Key findings from the report, “Early Childhood is Critical to Health Equity” ,  include: Poverty limits childrens’ and families’ options for healthy living conditions. Poverty can limit where … Continue reading Early Childhood and Health Equity

America Has A Health Care Gap, And Insurance Alone Won’t Fix It

The following excerpt comes from the June 23, 2018, article by Elsa Pearson, Sandro Galea, and Austin Frakt on HuffPost. Health in America is characterized by profound divides; we have become a nation of health haves and health have-nots. There is a 20-year life-expectancy gap between the country’s healthiest and least healthy counties, and a … Continue reading America Has A Health Care Gap, And Insurance Alone Won’t Fix It

Practicing Cultural Humility to Transform Health Care

The following excerpt comes from the June 21, 2018 article by Jennifer McGee-Avila on the Culture of Health Blog. Health care delivery often involves a one-size-fits-all approach. As clinicians, we treat a patient with a particular diagnosis similar to the last patient we saw with the same diagnosis because it’s efficient—we think. But shifting that … Continue reading Practicing Cultural Humility to Transform Health Care

Report: Systemic Discrimination Worsens Health Outcomes for Minority Boys and Men

The following excerpt comes from the June 18, 2018, article by Liz Entman in Research News @ Vanderbilt. Men in the United States tend to have more privilege, wealth and career success than women, yet they lead shorter and unhealthier lives. This reality is compounded for men of color and LGBTQI men, who have some … Continue reading Report: Systemic Discrimination Worsens Health Outcomes for Minority Boys and Men