New Publication: The Family Meal Challenge: A Faith-Based Intervention to Empower Families

A new article in the Journal of Christian Nursing from Dr. Sharon Fruh and colleagues highlights the outcomes from a family meal challenge that sought to empower individuals to eat healthy meals together as a family. The Family Meal Challenge (FMC) was presented through four classes in three churches, two faith-based ministries, and two community service … Continue reading New Publication: The Family Meal Challenge: A Faith-Based Intervention to Empower Families

The Pipeline Program Looks Ahead to a Busy Summer

This year the STRIPES* program will open on June 4th with orientation at 7:45 am in the College of Medicine. Eleven students are continuing their journey of preparing for college and STEM careers through the program. Also, three STARS and STRIPES graduates currently attending college are participating in the Undergraduate research program. They have been … Continue reading The Pipeline Program Looks Ahead to a Busy Summer

New Publication Highlights CHC’s Community Engagement Core

An article recently published in a special issue of Progress in Community Health Partnerships: Research, Education, and Action describes the evolution of the Community Health Advocate (CHA) and STARS and STRIPES pipeline programs from separate, age-segregated programs to interconnected, multigenerational opportunities for promoting health equity. The article briefly provides an overview of the two programs … Continue reading New Publication Highlights CHC’s Community Engagement Core

Learn About the All of US Research Program

On May 6, the National Institutes of Health opened national enrollment for the All of Us Research Program — a momentous effort to advance individualized prevention, treatment and care for people of all backgrounds — in collaboration with USA Health and other partners. People over the age of 19 and older regardless of health status, … Continue reading Learn About the All of US Research Program

Forging a Sustainable Health Disparities Research Group (HDRG) at the University of South Alabama

As the Center for Healthy Communities (CHC) approaches the end of the Center of Excellence P20 grant that funded its activities supporting the Health Disparities Research Group (HDRG), we are in the process of developing a plan to ensure that HDRG remains active, impactful, and sustainable. In doing so, our first step was to create … Continue reading Forging a Sustainable Health Disparities Research Group (HDRG) at the University of South Alabama

HDRG Recap: “Break the Cycle of Environmental Health Disparities: Barriers to Healthy Sleep in Children.”

Dr. Sonia Smith introduced the interdisciplinary team that worked on the research project including nursing honors students, graduate students, and faculty members from both the College of Nursing and the Psychology Department. Kristina Caffey, a freshman pre-nursing student, was the catalyst for the Barriers to Healthy Sleep Project. A graduate of Baker High School and … Continue reading HDRG Recap: “Break the Cycle of Environmental Health Disparities: Barriers to Healthy Sleep in Children.”

USA Health joins NIH All of Us Research Program to advance precision medicine

The following is cross-posted from the May 10, 2018 article posted in the Med School Watercooler: The blog of the University of South Alabama College of Medicine. On May 6, the National Institutes of Health opened national enrollment for the All of Us Research Program — a momentous effort to advance individualized prevention, treatment and … Continue reading USA Health joins NIH All of Us Research Program to advance precision medicine

Pipeline Graduate Presents at National Conference

In April, Kristina Caffey, a freshman pre-nursing student at the University of South Alabama, presented the research poster “Barriers to Healthy Sleep in Children” at the 13th Annual Break the Cycle Conference hosted by Emory University in Atlanta, GA. The conference is the culmination of the Break the Cycle program that encourages interdisciplinary, student-led research … Continue reading Pipeline Graduate Presents at National Conference

CHA Led Project: Teaching Children to Garden

Community Health Advocates Sheena and Bo Williams have a heart for bringing nutritious food and knowledge of healthful eating to the community. As a part of this effort, they teach a gardening class at Taylor Park Community Center on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays. Each of the students is a part of the Junior Master Gardener … Continue reading CHA Led Project: Teaching Children to Garden

HDRG Recap: Little Less Talk/Lot More Action: Evolution of Community Outreach Symposia

At the February 2018 meeting of the Health Disparities Research Group (HDRG) Dr. Roma Hanks --Director for Community Outreach at the Center for Healthy Communities and chair of the Department of Sociology, Anthropology and Social Work -- led a team of individuals in discussing the evolution of the Regional Health Disparities Symposia (RHDS) from a … Continue reading HDRG Recap: Little Less Talk/Lot More Action: Evolution of Community Outreach Symposia