Welcome from the Director


Max Michael, MD

Max Michael, M.D., Dir
Dean - UAB School of Public Health
(205) 975-7742

As a UAB University-Wide Interdisciplinary Research Center, the Center for the Study of Community Health offers a unique prevention research environment that includes clinicians, researchers, health-related professionals, social and behavioral scientists, and community leaders who are setting new standards in the state of Alabama and around the world.

I invite you to review this website to see our programs, to communicate with our faculty and staff, and to read more about our commitment improving the health and lives of Alabama’s underserved citizens.

The UAB Center for the Study of Community Health is a member of the Prevention Research Centers Program, supported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention cooperative agreement number U48/DP001915.



Center Project Creates Rural Dental Clinic


UAB Epidemiologist John Waterbor, M.D., Dr.P.H., is being recognized for his on-going work. 
Interprofessional Global Health Service Learning
Body and Soul

Want to create and maintain a healthy lifestyle? A big part of developing a healthy lifestyle is eating right and getting adequate exercise. You can view and download materials for two programs that are designed to assist you to improve your congregation’s health: Body & Soul: A Celebration of Healthy Eating and Living and With Every Heartbeat Is Life.                                                                                                                           

Bethel Baptist to host sign-up session for ACA next Saturday at church, two days before deadline 


Last chance Alabama events for Obamacare enrollment




Ms. AllenPRCs train current practitioners and the next generation of public health professionals. - During the last five years, over 5300 persons – including Community Health Advisors, community agency representatives, community partners, academic researchers, public health professionals, and public health and other students have participated in curriculum-based Center training programs. An additional 120 students – from high school through post-doctoral – participated in internships, service learning, and other Center training and mentoring opportunities. Over 14,000 community members were reached with in-person public education events.









Service Unites



Cities for Life/My Diabetes Connect

Cities for Life, a diabetes management program supported by Sanofi US, now offers MyDiabetesConnect.com to help you find healthy eating, physical activity, support and education programs in Birmingham.




CDC Winnable Battles

To keep pace with emerging public health challenges and to address the leading causes of death and disability, CDC initiated an effort to achieve measurable impact quickly in a few targeted areas. CDC's Winnable Battles are public health priorities with large-scale impact on health and with known, effective strategies to address them.                                                                             




Healthy People 2020

Healthy People 2020

Healthy People 2020 provides science-based, 10-year national objectives for improving the health of all Americans. For 3 decades, Healthy People has established benchmarks and monitored progress over time in order to:

  • Encourage collaborations across sectors,
  • Guide individuals toward making informed health decisions, and
  • Measure the impact of prevention activities.





The Cancer Control P.L.A.N.E.T.

The Cancer Control P.L.A.N.E.T. portal provides access to Web-based resources that can assist in:

  • Assessing the cancer and/or risk factor burden within a given state.
  • Identifying potential partner organizations that may already be working with high-risk populations.
  • Understanding the current research findings and recommendations.
  • Accessing and downloading evidence-based programs and products.
  • Finding guidelines for planning and evaluation.





Alabama Department of Public Health

Alabama Department of Public Health

The purpose of the Alabama Department of Public Health is to provide caring, high quality and professional services for the improvement and protection of the public’s health through disease prevention and the assurance of public health services to resident and transient populations of the state regardless of social circumstances or the ability to pay.






 The Guide to Community Preventive Services

 This free resource is designed to help communities choose programs and policies to improve health and prevent disease in communities. Systematic reviews are used to answer these questions:

  • Which program and policy interventions have been proven effective?
  • Are there effective interventions that are right for my community?
  • What might effective interventions cost; what is the likely return on investment? 






Health Action

Department Health Action


Health Action is a process conducted by a team of committed organizations seeking community input to improve health in Jefferson County, Alabama. This collaboration resulted in the book, Our Community Roadmap to Health, containing the issues and goals to be addressed by the local public health partners.

The Jefferson County Health Action Partnership is a coalition of over 60 agencies committed to improving community health. The Health Action Partnership led by JCDH, with strong support from United Way of Central Alabama, Community Foundation of Greater Birmingham, and UAB School of Public Health pursues goals for improving health and quality of life.





Jefferson County Health Department

The Department of Health has a major responsibilty to educate the public about issues of importance to their health. It addresses this role in a variety of ways from one-on-one instruction to group presentations at community funtions.





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