Director: Mona Fouad, MD, MPH
Contact: Theolishia Smith, MPH, ATC, Program AdministratorE-mail: email@example.comPhone: 205-996-2304Website: www.uabhealthsmart.org
UAB HealthSmart, a downtown wellness center, is the newest core facility of the UAB Minority Health & Health Disparities Research Center (MHRC), opened on March 15, 2011. It promotes UAB in the community, supports UAB through community outreach, facilitates the integration of research and service, and disseminates evidence-based practices. In collaboration with faculty and students from the SOM, SON, SHP, SOPH, SOD, and SOO, UAB HealthSmart offers: 1) Health evaluations, risk assessments, and free preventive screenings (blood sugar, cholesterol, blood pressure, body fat, vision, and other health tests); 2) Counseling sessions with nurses, exercise physiologists, and nutritionists to set goals; 3) Physical activity demonstrations and fitness classes; 4) Nutrition demonstrations; 5) Lunch & Learn health talks led by health-care professionals; 6) Health education brochures and other tools explaining chronic diseases and health risks; and 7) Chances to enroll in UAB research studies.
In its first 6 months (Mar-Sep 2011), UAB HealthSmart provided close to 2,000 services to about 800 participants, who reported they work for 114 companies/organizations and live in 20+ zip codes representing some of the most economically challenged areas in Jefferson County. In just one month (Aug-Sep 2011), 56 participants signed the UAB FACES Supplemental Questionnaire authorizing contact with opportunities to enroll in clinical trials.
In addition, taking advantage of the facility as an innovative training and rotation opportunity for UAB medical students, residents, and other health sciences graduate students, 89 students from 4 schools (SOM, SON, SOO, and SHP) have conducted rotations at UAB HealthSmart.