From UAB News: The projects have been presented, the judges have evaluated and now the prizes for the inaugural Community Health Innovation Awards are ready to be doled out. On Oct. 23, the One Great Community council of the University of Alabama at Birmingham Center for Clinical and Translational Science will distribute $50,000 to four groups from the Birmingham community who designed creative solutions to local public health problems.
“We are thrilled with the response to our inaugural Community Health Innovation Awards, and with the vision and innovation displayed by the applicants,” says Max Michael, M.D., dean of the School of Public Health. “We look forward to watching how these awards will be utilized in an effort to tackle some of our most pressing local community health issues.”
A One Great Community council survey of neighborhood leaders in early 2012 revealed that diabetes, high blood pressure, crime, lack of sidewalks/walking trails, empty lots and abandoned homes were among community members’ top concerns. Any local non-profit 501(c)3 organization or resident was eligible to apply. Those taking part were partnered with UAB faculty and then a series of workshops were offered to help participants hone their projects to meet the needs of the community. In total, eight projects were submitted and presented to a panel of five judges on Friday, Oct. 19.
On Tuesday, Oct. 23, the winners will receive their checks at the new UAB School of Public Health–sponsored Edge of Chaos facility in the Lister Hill Library, located at 1700 University Boulevard. The winners will also receive a copy of author Stephen Johnson’s book, Where Good Ideas Come From: the Natural History of Innovation, as part of the 2012 Carole W. Samuelson Endowed Lecture.
The winners are:
Over the next year, the groups will be implementing their projects with the new funding. They will be asked to document their work by way of photos, success stories and any data they may collect.
The awards were sponsored by the CCTS/One Great Community, UAB School of Public Health, UAB Center for the Study of Community Health, UAB Sparkman Center for Global Health and the UAB Office of the Vice President for Research and Economic Development.
For more information about the winners, the judges, the applicants and the program in general, email or call Shauntice Allen at email@example.com or 205-413-4507.
Click here to watch news coverage of the awards event by CBS42 News.