In February 2007, the City of Birmingham's Working Well initiative received the Wellness Councils of America's (WELCOA) Gold Award for its comprehensive health promotion standards and commitment to improving the health and well-being of City of Birmingham employees. "The Gold Award demonstrates that the UAB School of Nursing's programs for the City of Birmingham conform to rigorous, nationally recognized standards for wellness program quality and effectiveness, and establishes the school's place among an elite group of effective occupational health promotion programs," said UAB School of Nursing Professor Kathleen Brown, Ph.D., principal investigator of the Good Health Program. "By its support for the program, the City of Birmingham is also established as a leader in its commitment and vision toward creating a culture of wellness within its workforce."
The UAB School of Nursing administers three of the programs within Working Well: the Good Health Program, Occupational Medical Services Unit, and Back School. The Good Health Program is a comprehensive health promotion and risk reduction program serving approximately 4,000 workers employed by the city. The Good Health Program staff provides annual health screens and innovative interventions to reduce health risks and promote healthy lifestyles. The Medical Services Unit, also directed by Dr. Brown, is an occupational health/workers' compensation clinic dedicated to city employees. The clinic is UAB School of Nursing nurse practitioner managed and operates five days per week. Clinic personnel offer a variety of services, including evaluation and treatment of work-related injuries and illnesses, pre-placement exams, immunization of at-risk employees, and drug testing. The Back School is an exercise and education program designed to reduce the risk of re-injury for employees who have experienced a back injury. "The UAB School of Nursing and the City of Birmingham have both benefited from this long, successful partnership," said UAB School of Nursing Dean Doreen Harper, Ph.D. Additional components of Working Well include the Health and Fitness Center, Fit Check, Department of Occupational Safety and Health, Medical Benefits, and Employee Assistance Program. All Working Well components collaborate to meet the goals for improving employee health, reducing risk factors for cardiovascular disease, cancer, and injury, and controlling health care costs.
For more information, please contact the Program Manager:
Dr. Thomas Kekes-Szabo
Good Health Program & Medical Services Unit
NB GOO6, 1720 2nd AVE S
Birmingham, AL 35294-1210
Phone: (205) 975-8956
Faculty practice provides an opportunity for faculty to be engaged in service/practice activities that support the teaching, research and scholarship, and service/practice missions of the UABSON. Faculty practice at the UABSON-UAB includes partnerships with communities, organizations, and health care delivery systems. Further, faculty may choose to practice in clinical settings, provide expert consultation, and partner with other professional organizations such as education, business, and health care agencies. The UABSON Faculty Practice Committee provides oversight in the development, management, implementation, and evaluation of all faculty practice activities. The practice sites are extremely diverse, representing the background and preparation of faculty who engage in faculty practice.
For more information contact:
Becky Wakefield, Program Manager II