WHAT WE DO
Located at the Church of the Reconciler in downtown Birmingham, EAB Clinic is planned, managed, and staffed by UAB medical students with oversight and guidance from UAB physicians. Collaboration with other professional schools, including pharmacy, social work, physical therapy, and public health, fosters an interdisciplinary approach that promotes quality care for our patients. EAB Clinic offers prescription medications, routine lab tests, lung function testing, and social work consultations—all at no cost. If a patient is under- or uninsured and in search of a primary care physician, EAB Clinic would be glad to become his or her new medical home.
Monthly screenings in the Birmingham community give students the opportunity to reinforce clinically relevant knowledge and skills as well as engage in patient education. The main outcomes for participants is to provide clinical values, educate them on health concerns and self-care practices, and encourage them to take action. Through our relationships with screening sites, including schools, churches, and shelters, EAB hopes to build bridges between the Birmingham community and accessible healthcare providers.
As a walk-in, acute care clinic, the Wednesday night clinic at M-Power serves as a safety net for low income, uninsured individuals in Jefferson County. EAB volunteers staff the clinic every Wednesday night, taking vitals, histories, and physicals, presenting patients to a physician, and participating in forming the treatment plans. M-Power Ministries operates other clinics throughout the week, in addition to hosting several other educational programs and health services.
In 2011, EAB developed the Diabetes Education Initiative to raise awareness of issues specific to this disease and offer information about healthy lifestyle choices. Volunteers trained in motivational interviewing staff health fairs in the area and serve as instructors for weekly education sessions at M-Power and EAB Clinic. The educational component of EAB has since evolved to address smoking, hypertension, and other commonly encountered challenges.