The goal of the Office of Public Health Practice (OPHP) is to increase and enhance engagement between public health community stakeholders and School of Public Health faculty, staff, students and alumni. The OPHP connects community-based organizations to resources within the SOPH and provides public health practice opportunities to SOPH faculty, staff, and students. The OPHP stands on five main pillars:

  1. Community Engagement: The Office of Public Health Practice seeks out opportunities to get the school more involved in the community and the community involved in the school. The OPHP works to strengthen partnerships between public health practitioners in local and state governmental agencies and community-based organizations through the following activities:
    • Field Placements
    • Affiliate Faculty Positions
    • Pathways to Practice Seminar Series
    • Direct Outreach
  2. Student Engagement: The Office of Public Health Practice strives to provided applied public health experiences to students in the School of Public Health through the following activities:
    • Field Placements
    • Public Health Student Association
    • Get a Handle Newsletter
    • Practice in Action Seminars
    • Networking
    • Supporting Service Learning
    • Socially Determined Seminar Series
  3. Faculty Service to the Community: The Office of Public Health Practice works to provide opportunities for faculty to become involved in applied public health work with community partners. These opportunities promote student mentoring, education, and scholarship to ultimately increase practiced-based opportunities for students in the SOPH.
  4. Workforce Development: The Office of Public Health works across the SOPH and its centers to collect and document workforce development activities which target public health professionals working in practice environments.
  5. Integrative Experience

 

OPHP Seminars

  • Practice in Action - The Practice in Action seminar series aims to connect students, staff and faculty to organizations and individuals carrying out public health practice-based work around the state.
  • Socially Determined - The Socially Determined seminar series examines issues outside of what most people would consider public health and health care, which may still affect the health of communities. 

Finding Common Ground

  • Red Mountain Park
  • 1/26/2017
  • Mike Boody, Education Specialist and Rachel Ahrnsen, Natural Resources Specialist
  • Red Mountain Park (RMP) encompasses 1,500 acres of land along the Red Mountain Ridge. Quickly becoming an urban mega park, the Park is central to Birmingham and surrounded by diverse communities. Staff from RMP discusses the history, mission, and goals of the park as well as current and future initiatives which strive to bring all of Birmingham together to create a healthier future.

Alumni Spotlight: SOPH Alumni Lecture and Networking

  • Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA)
  • 2/28/2017
  • Frank Burkybile, MPH, International Public Health Analyst, Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA)
  • Mr. Burkybile’s seminar focuses on public health careers, what it is like to work for a donor agency and a funding organization.  He also discusses the importance of working with community partners and the importance of networking. 

Fundamentals of Serving Women Who Are Homeless

  • Pathways of Birmingham
  • 3/1/2017
  • Maria Lampley, MA, MBA, Executive Director, Pathways
  • Pathways is a United Way agency that serves 1,300 women and children experiencing homelessness in the Birmingham area each year.  This video discussed the issue of homelessness in our community; Pathways mission, vision, goals, and barriers; Maria Lampley’s path to working with Pathways; and how students can get involved.   
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Redefining Strength. Embracing Wellness. Building Community.

  • No More Martyrs
  • 3/22/2017
  • Nadia M. Richardson, Ph.D., Founder, Valenrich Wellness, Founder, No More Martyrs, Director of Multicultural Initiatives— American Heart Association (Birmingham, AL)
  • No More Martyrs is a mental health awareness campaign that seeks to build a community of support for Black women with mental health concerns.  Dr. Richards is partnering with several churches in the Birmingham area to develop the Mosaic Mental Health Awareness Project.  This project seeks to provide mental health awareness training through churches in the Birmingham area as well as host on-site support groups for individuals living with or caring for someone with mental health concerns.

 

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Community Engagement & Networking

If you would like to learn more about any of the below, please contact the Office of Public Health Practice at ophp@uab.edu.

  • Pathways of Birmingham - Over the past year, UAB School of Public Health has provided public health and health-related educational sessions to the clients of Pathways.  Pathways is an organization that serves over 3,000 homeless women in the Birmingham area.  Topics of these sessions include nutrition, HIV awareness, healthy relationships, oral health, tuberculosis, how to advocate for yourself with doctors, hepatitis C, and mental health. These sessions are organized by the Office of Public Health Practice.
  • Red Mountain Park – Red Mountain Park has partnered with UAB SOPH to explore the potential health benefits of expanded access to the park. The aim of this project is to collect baseline data in the Birmingham neighborhoods north of Red Mountain Ridge on the current frequency of park usage, levels of physical activity, and current physical and mental health. Also, the current level of park awareness will be determined.  Once a new entrance opens, follow-up data will be collected to determine if the new entrance has encouraged more use of the park and results in improved health outcomes in the surrounding neighborhood.
  • The Public Health Student Association (PHSA) – During the past year, PHSA has participated in a number of community engagement activities in Spring 2017, including recently volunteering at the Mind, Heart, Body, and Soul Community Fair (hosted by 7th Avenue Baptist Church and Friendly Sisters) and the Birmingham District 9 Day of Service Mini Health Fair in West Birmingham. This past spring, students also held a Be The Match event to inform and encourage students at the School of Public Health to join the bone marrow registry.  Additionally, PHSA sponsors a yearly Pumpkin Painting event for kids at Children’s Hospital around Halloween, as well as an annual toy drive for Toys for Tots in December.
  • Other Community Engagement Events –
    • Be Ready Day (September 29, 2017) UAB School of Public Health students and OPHP staff volunteered at Jefferson County’s “Be Ready Day”. This event is organized by the Jefferson County Emergency Management Agency (EMA) and is focused on teaching elementary, middle, and high school students from across Jefferson County about the importance of preparing for disasters and emergencies. Representatives from the UAB SOPH gave a hands-on demonstration of how to build a disaster preparedness “go-kit”.  Coloring books and crayons were also given to youngsters to help raise awareness about the Zika virus and how to prevent mosquito bites.
    • Zika Awareness – Throughout the summer of 2016, the OPHP supported the City of Birmingham’s initiative to raise awareness about the Zika Virus and measure the city and its citizens can take to protect themselves and their community. The OPHP presented information to the Citizens Advisory Board and the Birmingham City Council. In addition, packets of information about Zika and mosquito control were distributed at health fairs, schools/daycare, churches, and neighborhood associations throughout the city.  During August and September 2016, the OPHP attended and presented information about the Zika Virus at town hall meetings hosted by Birmingham Mayor, William Bell.
    • Networking Events – Over the past year, the OPHP has organized several networking events aimed at connecting students with public health practitioners in the state. These networking events include a private networking day for SOPH students and Jefferson County Department of Health (JCDH) employees and an alumni networking event where students were able to learn more about networking from UAB SOPH alum and then network with public health non-profits organization from the Birmingham area.
    • Present at Emergency Preparedness Community Fairs around the county

Get a Handle Weekly Newsletter

The Get a Handle Newsletter is sent to SOPH faculty, staff, and students every Monday during the fall and spring semesters (bi-weekly during the summer). It is a one- stop shop for news, events, deadlines/timelines, seminars, internships, job and volunteer opportunities and fellowships related to public health. To subscribe to this newsletter, please email the Office of Public Health Practice at ophp@uab.edu.

Public Health Student Association

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Since its creation in 1978, PHSA has supported the growth of the student experience. With its roots in the foundation of encouraging student involvement, advocacy, and leadership, PHSA has made many powerful strides in promoting the student voice and facilitating interactions between students, faculty, staff, and administrators. Through connecting students, faculty, staff and administrators, PHSA works to promote the School of Public Health, achievements of those in our community, and work that is being done in the field of public health.

PHSA Responsibilities Include:

  • Fostering an academic, professional, and social environment for students of the School.
  • Facilitating an interactive relationship between faculty, staff, alumni, and students of the School.
  • Promoting student involvement in the School, university, and community through service, programming, and special events.
  • Presenting the suggestions and concerns of the student body to School officials.
  • Contributing to the education and welfare of public health students in cooperation with public health organizations on a local, state, and national level.

To learn more about PHSA, please visit their B-Sync page or Facebook page.