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Jefferson County Community Participation Board

JCCPB 2018 (CDC Prevention Research Center Program site visit)


Community Participation Board

History. The Center for the Study of Community Health depends heavily on strong community engagement – collaboration, partnership, and participation of individuals and agencies – for our service, education, and research activities. From 1999 to 2009, the Center’s core research projects were conducted in the Alabama Black Belt, and the Center worked with a community participation board that is now incorporated as the West Central Alabama Community Health Improvement League (WCACHIL). The Center continues to develop and support the WCACHIL partnership, and WCACHIL continues to serve as a community liaison for several Center-based community education and research projects as well as projects with other UAB entities and other institutions. Such long-term partnerships demonstrate how communities and academic researchers can work together effectively to gain, translate, and apply knowledge for public health promotion and chronic disease prevention.

Purpose. The purpose of JCCPB is twofold: first, to provide guidance to the Center for the Study of Community Health in regards to its research, education, and service efforts, and second, to facilitate coordination and communication between similar entities at UAB and in Birmingham in ways that can enhance the overall effectiveness of each. The activities of JCCPB and the Center are based on principles of community-based participatory research (CBPR) as defined by the CDC:

CBPR is a joint effort that involves researchers and community representatives in all phases of the research process. The joint effort engages community members, employs local knowledge in the understanding of health problems and the design of interventions, and invests community members in the processes and products of research. In addition, the collaborative is invested in the dissemination and use of the research findings to improve community health and reduce health disparities.

Joint Work with One Great Community. While there are a number of advisory committees at UAB that serve to solicit community guidance, there is little communication between these committees (except perhaps where there is an overlap in membership) and certainly there is very little coordination of efforts. JCCPB, while expressly organized to guide the specific activities of the Center for the Study of Community Health, is also dedicated to provide a mechanism to establish greater communication and collaboration between similar committees across UAB and the broader community. To that end, JCCPB has been meeting jointly since 2013 with One Great Community, the community board of UAB’s Center for the Clinical and Translational Science.

Meetings and Activities. There are 4 meetings annually of JCCPB, and 4 additional “joint” meetings annually of JCCPB with One Great Community (OGC). JCCPB and OGC joint activities include an annual Community Engagement Institute. 

Organization. According to its Bylaws, JCCPB has up to twenty-five members, who represent a broad cross-section of our urban community including health and social service agencies, educational institutions, civic and neighborhood organizations, city and county government, and religious organizations. Members serve a 2-year term, with opportunity for nomination for additional 2-year terms. In addition to a Chair and Co-Chair, members are elected to represent the Center on the CDC Prevention Research Center (PRC) Program’s Community Committee.


Board Roster


Name Organization

Bryn Manzella

Jefferson County Department of Health

Maxine Starks
Immediate Past Chair

First Baptist Church Fairfield / Congregations for Public Health

Sheila Tyson
Representative to PRC Community Committee

Jefferson County Commission District 2

Virginia Volker
Representative to PRC Community Committee

Crestwood South Community Neighborhood

Amy Badham

UAB Office of Service Learning

Jan Bell

Children’s Policy Council of Jefferson County

Lynne Eskridge

UAB Comprehensive Sickle Cell Center

Carolyn Foster

Greater Birmingham Ministries

Schelli Francis

Cahaba Valley Health Care

Rev. James Gibson

Congregations for Public Health

Dorothy S. McAdory

Congregations for Public Health

Kadie Peters

United Way of Central Alabama

Edwin Revell

City of Birmingham Department of Planning, Engineering, & Permits

Charlie L. Williams

Birmingham United Neighborhoods

Keith O. Williams

Birmingham United Neighborhoods

Mark Wilson

Jefferson County Department of Health


JCCPB 2015 (CDC Prevention Research Center Program site visit)




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