CCHS is committed to a collaborative and equitable community that values and fosters diversity and inclusion.
CCHS recognizes the importance of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) in accomplishing our mission of: “Improving and promoting the health of individuals and communities in rural Alabama and the Southeast region through leadership in medical and health-related education, primary care and population health; the provision of high quality, accessible health care services; and research and scholarship.”
We embrace The University of Alabama’s core values of “respect and a culture of inclusivity” and the UA Strategic Plan goal to “enrich our learning environment by providing an accepting, inclusive community that attracts and supports a diversity faculty, staff and student body.”
For more information, please get in touch with us at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the UA DEI Office website.
Programming and Capacity Building
CCHS DEI provides a number of programming and capacity building opportunities for our employees. These include “Everyday Bias for Health Care Professionals Trainings,” “Safe Zone Trainings” and Heritage/History Month Events.
Recruitment and Retention
CCHS DEI collaborates with various groups across the College and the Institution to continuously improve recruitment and retention efforts of diverse faculty, staff and trainees.
Environment and Culture
At CCHS, we are committed to promoting a culture of inclusivity and health equity for our College and our community with ongoing teaching, service and research opportunities across the health care continuum.
Disparities Art Exhibit Sparks Discussion
CCHS DEI Committee members visited the Paul R. Jones Museum in Tuscaloosa in May 2022 to view the Celestia Morgan: Disparities Exhibit. Morgan is a postdoctoral research associate at The University of Alabama, and her work has been featured at the Birmingham Museum and the Ogden Museum of Southern Art in New Orleans. Committee members explored Morgan’s work, which displays historically deep-rooted inequalities related to housing and other basic life necessities, and engaged in robust conversations about the implications of disparities in America, Alabama and the Tuscaloosa area.
Martha Crowther, PhD, MPH
Associate Dean, Research and Health Policy
Pamela Payne-Foster, MD, MPH
Brian Gannon, MD
Anne Halli-Tierney, MD
Assistant Residency Director for CLER, Geriatric Fellowship Director
Kirsten Henry, MBA
FIRM Administrative Director
Suzanne Henson, RD, LD
James Leeper, PhD
Mercedes Morales-Aleman, PhD
Thaddeus Ulzen, MD
Professor, Department Chair
Nelle Williams, MSLS
Associate Professor Director, Health Sciences Library
Andrea Wright, MLIS
Clinical/Technical Services Librarian, Associate Professor