Future physicians create an English-Spanish tool kit while learning to better communicate with Latino patients

When University of Alabama medical student Roshmi Bhattacharya saw a problem in her community, she created a course to help solve it.

“Roshmi noticed when she was doing her rotation that some of the nurses were treating Latino patients unfairly or inappropriately,” says Dr. Pamela Payne-Foster, faculty advisor for the class and deputy director of the UA Institute for Rural Health Research. “One part of the course concentrates on cultural competency and Latino health, and the other part is where students learn Spanish so they can interact better with patients.”

Medical students provide personalized treatment while learning how social and cultural factors influence patient outcomes

When one of Elizabeth Junkin’s patients, a man in his 50s, came to a rural family-medicine clinic with abdominal pain, she suspected appendicitis. She recommended a CT scan that confirmed her diagnosis, then drove to the local hospital in Carrollton, Ala., to check on the man. No surgeons were available, so the emergency surgery he needed could not be performed there. With all ambulances at least a 2-hour drive away, Junkin helped arrange a helicopter flight to DCH Regional Medical Center in Tuscaloosa. She met the man there, assisted with his surgery and followed up with him the next day.

Junkin did all this not as a doctor, but as a third-year medical student at the University of Alabama School of Medicine’s Tuscaloosa Regional Campus. She’s part of an innovative program called the Tuscaloosa Longitudinal Community Curriculum, or TLC², created by

WBRC: New UA partnership aimed at sustaining and improving health care in rural west AL

A new partnership between The University of Alabama and Pickens County is aimed at sustaining and increasing health care services in a rural area, where it can often be a struggle to keep these services available.

The initial concept for The University of Alabama-Pickens County Partnership began growing several years ago when Pickens County Medical Center in Carrollton was facing serious hardships.

The partnership has become a reality this year, and over the past few months, programs have started operating in the county.

UA News: UA Brings 2016 Rural Health Scholars to Campus

Two select groups of students from across Alabama recently were on The University of Alabama campus for the 2016 Rural Health Scholars and Rural Minority Health Scholars programs in UA’s College of Community Health Sciences.

WVUA: First Year UA Medical Students Serve Tuscaloosa Community

Before picking up their books and beginning medical school, first-year Alabama medical students committed a day doing good in the community.

As part of orientation week, incoming med students participated in “fun day,” a day of service in the Tuscaloosa community. This year’s fun day involved working in Jeremiah’s Community Garden, a place dedicated to providing food to anyone who needs it.

WBRC: Partnership between UA and Pickens County

Dr. Streiffer, Dean of the College of Community Health Sciences, and Buddy Kirk discuss the unique nature of this partnership.

WVUA Report: Heat Safety Tips for Summer

Dr. James Robinson, Endowed Chair of Sports Medicine at the College of Community Health Sciences, discusses some heat safety tips for summer.

UA Matters: Using Mindfulness to Lower Stress

Many chronic conditions, like high blood pressure, insomnia or heartburn, can be traced to a single common problem: stress.

Common advice for fighting stress is to eliminate the stressors, which could mean going to bed early or just saying “no” more often. But that doesn’t address how our brains handle stress hour-to-hour or moment-to-moment, says The University of Alabama’s Dr. Harriet Myers.

UA Matters: What is Mindfulness, and How Can I Cultivate it?

Mindfulness has become a popular buzz word, but it can be difficult to understand until you have tried it yourself. Mindfulness and contemplative practices have been in existence for thousands of years.

The University of Alabama’s Dr. Caroline Boxmeyer explains how mindfulness and contemplative practices can improve overall health and well-being.

UA Matters: Effects of Chronic Stress

Some side effects of stress, like a headache, can be felt immediately. But too much stress over time can wreak havoc on the body. Some chronic health conditions can be attributed to long-term stress, said The University of Alabama’s Dr. Harriet Myers.

Here are a few chronic side effects from long-term stress…