Founded in 1993, the UAB Center for the Study of Community Health is one of the 37 Prevention Research Centers across the US funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The Center focuses on reducing health risks among undeserved populations throughout the state of Alabama and plays a leading role in the development of community-based participatory research at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB).
As a designated UAB University-wide Institutional Research center, the Center for the Study of Community Health offers a unique prevention research environment that includes Center Scholars from a cross section of disciplines including 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.
The CSCH has a defined rural region (Black Belt) and urban setting (Birmingham) as its geographic focus. Two primary community partnerships have developed as a result of the Center’s educational, research and service activities in communities that make up these regions. With support from the Center, both the West Central Alabama Community Health Improvement League and Congregations for Public Health formed infrastructures that enabled them to become designated 501(c)3 organizations.
For more information, visit the Center for the Study of Community Health at www.soph.uab.edu/csch/