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Practice in Action Seminar Series: Spring 2017

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.



Practice in Action Seminar Series: Fall 2016

Alumni Spotlight: HIV Outreach and Prevention at UAB's 1917 Clinic

  • 1917 Clinic
  • 9/7/2016
  • Kachina Kudroff, MPH, CHES, Coordinator of Health Education, UAB 1917 Clinic
  • Kachina Kudroff, graduate of the School of Public Health in Health Behavior, talks about her experiences in transitioning from a student to Coordinator of Health Education at the 1917 Clinic. This program discusses the mission and services provided by the 1917 Clinic to address the needs of patients, their families and significant others, and the community in responding to the urgent and unique issues surrounding HIV/AIDS.

Culturally Competent and Relevant Health Care: Critical concepts and strategies to Promote linkage and retention in care

  • AETC (AIDS Education &Training Center) Program Southeast
  • 10/4/2016
  • Debbie Cestaro-Seifer, MS, RN, Education and Training Specialist - North Florida AIDS Education Center, University of Florida College of Medicine - Division of ID & Global Medicine
  • The program defines and describes person-centered care and how this practice can help link and retain patients in care. Debbie Cestaro-Seifer discusses how person-centered care culturally responsive care can positively impact the lives of individual living with chronic diseases, including HIV/AIDS.  The use of the continuum of care model to inform healthcare professionals about the health of their patients and communities is also discussed. The program also addresses relevant strategies for each stage of the HIV continuum of care that can improve the health status of individuals living with HIV.

Helping Victims of Domestic Violence: One Place Metro Alabama Justice Center

  • One Place Metro
  • 10/12/2016
  • Allison Dearing, Executive Director, One Place Metro Alabama Family Justice Center
  • The program digs into issues around interpersonal violence, sexual violence, and domestic violence. Alison Dearing discusses how One Place Metro provides hope to victims of violence by providing coordinated services to victims of domestic violence and sexual assault through a multi-disciplinary team of professionals working together under one roof.


Laura Crandall Brown Foundation: GYN Cancer Research, Awareness, Support

  • Laura Crandall Brown Foundation
  • 11/9/2016
  • Mary Anne King, Executive Director - Laura Crandall Brown Foundation
  • This program provides basic info on GYN cancers, how it relates to public health, and how the Laura Crandall Brown Foundation supports research, awareness and support services for all types of gynecological cancers. This program also features personal perspective of the work done by the Laura Crandall Brown Foundation from an ovarian cancer survivor.



Practice in Action Seminar Series: Spring 2016

Bridging the gap between poverty and transportation

  • Redemptive Cycles
  • 1/26/2016
  • Marcus Fetch, Founder, Executive Director of Redemptive Cycles
  • Redemptive Cycles believes that bicycle ownership can serve as a bridge to independence, employment, community-involvement and physical health for individuals when a privately owned motor vehicle is not an option. March Fetch discusses how Redemptive Cycles seeks to address two of the city’s most pressing and intertwined issues – poverty and transportation – with one proverbial, proven stone: Earn-a-Bike.

Providing Hope to Victims of Human Trafficking

  • The Wellhouse
  • 2/24/2016
  • Tajuan McCarty, MPH, MPA, Founder of the Wellhouse
  • The “Superhighway” for human trafficking runs along I-20. Birmingham is considered one of the hotspots.  Human trafficking (HT) is the illegal trade of human beings, through abduction, the use of threat of force, deception, fraud, or sale for the purposes of sexual exploitation or forced labor. Every year, thousands of men, women and children fall into the hands of traffickers, in their own countries and abroad. Almost every country in the world is affected by trafficking, whether as a country of origin, transit or destination for victims. This seminar provides a firsthand account from a sex-trafficking victim of her experiences, along with how she survived and reclaimed her life.

Communicating Effectively with People who have Disabilities

  • Life of Mississippi
  • 3/30/2016
  • Lawrence Williams, Desmeon Thomas, Robert Donerson,  Roger Bullock, Margie Moore, Augusta Smith
  • The purpose of Living Independence For Everyone (LIFE) is to empower people with significant disabilities to be as independent and as fully involved in their communities as they can and want to be. Staff from LIFE of Mississippi talk about the core services they provide to support independent living. Staff and former clients share their experiences of living with disabilities.