Pickens County, Alabama, and The University of Alabama have created an innovative partnership to build a new and sustainable model of health care for the rural and medically underserved county. The UA-Pickens County Partnership seeks to strengthen the county’s healthcare system in an effort to improve the health of the county’s citizens and its ability to attract jobs and retain families. Working together, Pickens county citizens, organizations and health care providers, and UA faculty, researchers and students, are learning from each other, prioritizing needs, and identifying and implementing projects that provide solutions.

The Alabama Legislature in 2015 provided approximately $600,000 to initiate the UA-Pickens County Partnership. To date, the funding has been used to support:

  • Projects, each including UA faculty and students and Pickens county citizens and community organizations, that address health issues and priorities in the county.
  • Year-long fellowships for recent UA graduates that provide opportunities to serve in health-related capacities in Pickens County and expand their experience and education.

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