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.
  2. Student Engagement: The Office of Public Health Practice strives to provided applied public health experiences to students in the School of Public Health.
  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

Together with the Public Health Student Association (PHSA), the Office of Public Health Practice coordinates two seminar series. The Practice in Action seminar series seeks to connect public health students to organizations doing public health practice-based work in the community. 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. 

Marijuana Legalization: Present State, Impact, Future Forecast

  • Shannon Murphy, MD, FAAP, Pediatrician

Building Capacity to Achieve Health Equity

  • Gregory Townsend, MPPM
  • Quality Improvement and Decision Support Division
  • Jefferson County Department of Health

21st Century Tobacco: Vaping and Electronic Cigarettes

  • Susan Walley, MD
  • Associate Professor, UAB Department of Hospital Medicine-Pediatrics
  • Pediatric Hospitalist, Children's Hospital of Alabama

My Experience & Help Me Grow

  • Katie Naman Prince, MPH
  • Help Me Grow Alabama Director
  • Alabama Partnership for Children

Creating Dynamic Green Spaces for Future Generations

  • Libba Vaughan, MS
  • Executive Director, Freshwater Land Trust

Medical Anthropology and Global Health

  • Loretta Cormier, PhD
  • Associate Professor
  • UAB Department of Anthropology

 

POPulation Health Plugin

POPulation Health Plug-In is a broadcast highlighting current public health topics and issues in our community that affect population health. Produced by the UAB School of Public Health, this show allows viewers to learn more about these topics and issues from experts in the field. The broadcast also raises awareness of the work community-based organizations do to improve population health and healthcare in our community and how the UAB School of Public Health partners with these organizations.

Past Plug-Ins include interviews with:  Michele Jones, Chief of Staff at ADPH; Dr. Josh Carpenter, Director of External Affairs at UAB; Michael Murphree, Executive Director at Medical Advocacy and Outreach; Dr. Joseph Telfair, President-Elect of the American Public Health Association; Dr. Lisa McCormick, Associate Dean for Public Health Practice; Regina Knox, Alabama Area Health Education Center.

Episode 9

The Red Rock Trail System, Ms. Libba Vaughn, Freshwater Land Trust

Episode 8

Faith-based Organizations and Public Health, Mr. Gregory Townsend, Jefferson County Department of Health and Rev. Sally Allocca, East Lake United Methodist Church

Episode 7

Vaping and Electronic Cigarettes, Dr. Susan Walley, Children's of Alabama

 

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 - provide public health and health-related educational sessions to the clients of Pathways, an organization that serves over 3,000 homeless women in the Birmingham area.  Topics include nutrition, HIV awareness, healthy relationships, oral health, tuberculosis, how to advocate for yourself with doctors, hepatitis C, and mental health.
  • Red Mountain Park – examine the potential helath benefits of expanded access to the park
  • The Public Health Student Association (PHSA) – PHSA partners with various organizations around Birmingham each semester and participates in a number of community engagement activities.  Please see their Facebook page for more details.
  • Other Community Engagement Events –
    • Serve on the planning committee for several conferences hosted in the Birmingham area including the 2018 Neighborhoods, USA Conferences and 2017 Community Engagement Institute
    • Presenter at the 2018 Neighborhoods, USA (NUSA) conference
    • Participate in Jefferson County's "Be Ready Day, organized by the Jefferson County Emergency Management Agency (EMA) and focuses on community education and emergency preparedness planning for residents of Jefferson County.
    • Present at Emergency Preparedness Community Fairs around the county
    • The OPHP organizes several networking events aimed at connecting students with public health practitioners in the state, including the Jefferson County Department of Health, Alabama Department of Public Health, and other non-profit organizations in the Birmingham area.
    • Throughout the summer of 2016, the OPHP supported the City of Birmingham's initiative to raise awareness about the Zika Virus and measures the city and its citizens can take to protect themselves and their community.

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 Practitioner Affiliates

The Public Health Practitioner Affiliate appointments provide a mechanism to increase and recognize the collaboration between the SOPH and those working in different aspects of public health practice throughout our communities. These affiliates provide a public health practice perspective on emerging issues in public and population health within the school and the surrounding community.

Affiliate Concentration/Department Current Job
Chris Haag, MPH Maternal & Child Health, Health Care Organization & Policy Deputy Director of the Bureau of Family Health at the Alabama Department of Public Health
Jamie Keith, MS Health Behavior Executive Director of the Alabama Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy
Karen Musgrove Health Behavior Executive Director of Birmingham AIDS Outreach and Magic City Acceptance Center
Susan Colburn Maternal & Child Health, Health Care Organization & Policy State Parent Consultant with the Alabama Department of Rehabilitation Services, Children's Rehabilitation Services
Tracye Strichik, PhD Maternal & Child Health, Health Care Organization & Policy Director, Office of School Readiness at the Alabama Department of Early Childhood Education
Jody Wireman, PhD, MSPH, MPA, CIH, DABT Health Care Organization & Policy Advisory Board Member of the NIEHS funded Ebola and Infectious Disease Reponse Training Program (UAB); Director of Force Protection Division of NORAD and USNORTHCOM
Barbara Wisniewski, CIH, CSP, CPEA, S.G.E Industrial Hygiene, Environmental Health Sciences Vice-President of Health and Safety at McWane Incorporated
Ashraf Edward Khan, MD Epidemiology Medical Director, Disease Control at the Jefferson County Department of Health
Carols Robinson, CIH, CSP, MSPH, MBA Industrial Hygiene, Environmental Sciences Environmental Health Science Director at McWane Incorporated

Public Health Student Association

PHSA Logo

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 Engage or Facebook page.