Grants awarded for The University of Alabama-Pickens County Partnership health projects

Students and faculty from The University of Alabama and individuals from Pickens County community organizations are joining forces to improve health in the county. Through various health-focused projects, they hope to help citizens increase their knowledge of the many health and wellness resources available to the community.

UA’s College of Community Health Sciences (CCHS) leads the University partners in the health care teaching county project. The funded projects for 2017-18 and their collaborators are listed below.

New Project Applications are now available. The submission deadline is March 19th at 5pm. 

  • Alabama Literacy Project: Supporting Early Literacy Development and Instruction

    Continue support for early literacy and language development in Pickens County, including professional development for teachers, family literacy programs and vision and hearing screenings for young children.

    Partners: College of Education and Pickens County Head Start

  • Automated External Defibrillators (AED) for Pickens County

    Place AEDs in areas where large numbers of people gather on a daily basis.

    Partners: College of Community Health Sciences, Pickens County Ambulance Service; Pickens County Board of Education; Pickens County and City Governments and Pickens County senior centers

  • Developing Awareness of Services Offered by Pickens County Medical Center

    Work to better promote services offered by Pickens County Medical Center to address important health care needs in the county.

    Partners: Culverhouse College of Commerce and Pickens County Medical Center

  • Disseminating the Power PATH Mental Health Preventive Intervention to the Pickens County Community Action Committee and Pickens County Schools

    Provide the curriculum and training for school personnel at Pickens County Early Learning Center to implement the Power PATH mental health program with pre-school students and their parents.

    Partners: College of Community Health Sciences, Pickens County Community Action Committee and Community Development Corporation Inc. and Pickens County Head Start Program

  • EXPO Exploring Professional Opportunities in the Health Care Field

    Continue this program for Pickens County 10th and 11th graders to explore health care careers.

    Partners: College of Community Health Sciences, Pickens County Board of Education and Pickens County Extension Office

  • Identifying Areas for Revenue Maximization for Pickens County Medical Center

    Examine opportunities to increase physician engagement and increase volumes across services offered by PCMC.

    Partners: Culverhouse College of Commerce and Pickens County Medical Center

  • Improving Access to Cardiac Rehabilitation Services in Pickens County

    Continue the partnership between UA and Pickens County Medical Center’s Cardiopulmonary Department to develop a sustainable, evidence-based cardiac rehabilitation program for county residents.

    Partners: College of Education, School of Social Work and Pickens County Medical Center Cardiopulmonary Services

  • Improving Pickens County Residents’ Knowledge of Risk Factors for Cardiovascular Disease and Type 2 Diabetes through Increased Access to Screenings: The Pickens Health Improvement Program

    Implement health promotion “clinics” in Pickens County to help change how residents think about risk factors, prevention and health behaviors, and to improve their knowledge of health risk factors.

    Partners: Capstone College of Nursing and Pickens County Extension Office

  • Literacy Outreach as One Component of Health and Wellness

    Expand literacy outreach to include community health.

    Partners: College of Education and Pickens County Schools

  • Managing Frequent Attenders in Medical Care to Improve Patient Well-being and Reduce Provider Burden: Part 1 – Assessing the Scope of the Problem

    Understand the degree and nature of unnecessary medical care in ambulatory medical practices and hospital settings in Pickens County.

    Partners: College of Arts & Sciences and Pickens County Medical Center

  • Race, Place, and Lifestyle: A Multigenerational Needs Assessment for Obesity Prevention

    Implement an evidence-based youth advocacy program to combat obesity and to modify and pilot a home-based intervention for parents and grandparents related to the youth advocate.

    Partners: College of Community Health Sciences and Churches in Aliceville, Reform, Gordo and Carrolton

  • School of Social Work-Pickens County Schools Partnership to Provide Behavioral Health Services to Students in the Context of a Positive School Climate

    Increase access to behavioral health services for students.

    Partners: School of Social Work and Pickens County Schools

  • TelePlay: Connecting Physicians, Families, and Autism Professionals to Increase Early Autism Identification in Pickens County

    Connecting a primary care provider and parents in Pickens County with The University of Alabama Autism Clinic team to identify children at risk for autism by piloting Teleplay, an interactive secure online communication system.

    Partners: College of Community Health Sciences, College of Arts and Sciences and Pickens County Primary Care

  • Understanding Pain Management Needs among Community Dwelling Older Adults with Chronic Illness

    Assess the need for pain management among older adults with chronic illness in Pickens County, and explore strategies to promote access to and use of palliative care in community settings.

    Partners: School of Social Work, College of Community Health Sciences, Aliceville Manor Nursing Home, Carrollton Senior Activity Center and Pickens County Primary Care

  • Women Wellness Workshops for Breast Cancer Awareness

    Implement church-based, nurse-led educational sessions about breast cancer awareness and early detection among rural, African-American women and train community health workers and undergraduate pre-nursing/nursing students to lead sessions.

    Partners: Capstone College of Nursing and Pickens County Medical Center

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