Projects Initiated in 2016-17

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

Eight projects that address health issues in Pickens County were funded for 2016-17 as part of the inaugural year of the University of Alabama-Pickens County Partnership. Each project includes UA faculty and students and a Pickens County community organization or similar entity.

The partnership of UA and Pickens County and the Pickens County Medical Center seeks to provide sustainable health care for the rural county and “real world” training for UA students in medicine, nursing, social work, psychology, health education and other disciplines. Students will gain practice from internships and other learning opportunities in Pickens County, and the rural county will gain additional and needed health resources.

UA’s College of Community Health Sciences (CCHS) leads the University partners in the health care teaching county project. The funded projects for 2016-17 and their collaborators are listed below.

  • Disseminating the Power PATH mental health preventive intervention to Pickens County Community Action Head Start Program

    Dr. Caroline Boxmeyer, associate professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine at CCHS, Dr. Ansley Gilpin, assistant professor of Psychology at UA, Dr. Jason DeCaro, associate professor of Anthropology at UA, Pickens County Community Action Head Start Program

  • TelePlay: Connecting physicians, families and autism professionals to increase early autism identification in Pickens County

    Dr. Lea Yerby, assistant professor of Community and Rural Medicine at CCHS, Dr. Angela Barber, assistant professor of Communicative Disorders and the clinical research director of Autism Spectrum Disorders Clinic at UA, Dr. Julia Boothe, family medicine physicians in Pickens County

  • Improving Pickens County residents’ knowledge of risk factors for cardiovascular disease and Type 2 diabetes

    Dr. Michele Montgomery, assistant professor at UA’s Capstone College of Nursing, Dr. Paige Johnson, assistant professor at UA’s Capstone College of Nursing, Pickens County Community Action Committee & CDC Inc., Pickens County Board of Education, Pickens County Head Start, Diabetes Coalition

  • Development of a Rural Family Medicine Residency in Pickens County

    Dr. Richard Friend, director of the CCHS Family Medicine Residency, Jim Marshall, CEO of Pickens County Medical Center, Deborah Tucker, CEO of Whatley Health Services

  • Pickens County Medical-Legal Partnership for the elderly

    Gaines B. Brake, staff attorney with the Elder Law Clinic at UA’s School of Law, Jim Marshall, CEO of Pickens County Medical Center

  • Improving access to cardiac rehabilitation services in Pickens County

    Dr. Avani Shah, assistant professor of Social Work at UA, Dr. Jonathan Wingo, associate professor of Kinesiology at UA, Sharon Crawford Wester, RRT, Cardiopulmonary Rehab Pickens County Medical Center

  • Alabama Literacy Project

    Dr. Carol Donovan, professor of special education and multiple abilities at UA, Jamie Chapman, superintendent of Pickens County schools

  • Bringing healthy food options and ease of preparation home to our senior adults

    Jennifer Anderson, director of Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at UA, Suzanne Henson, RD, LD, dietitian and assistant professor of Family Medicine at CCHS, Anne Jones, Pickens County Family Center, Joe Lancaster, mayor of Carrollton, Ala.

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