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CEI Perspectives
Community Engagement Institute (CEI) Perspectives hosts engaged conversations that address focused topics of interest to communities to appreciate diverse points of view and to serve as a call to action for science, service and solutions. Drawing on a combination of formal presentations and moderated panels, this venue provides an agile and more frequent setting to respond to pressing issues. CEI Perspectives is a partnership with the UAB Center for the Study of Community Health, a CDC-sponsored Prevention Research Center.

  • Panel Discussion Topic: Environmental Justice

    Thursday, March 30, 2023
    10AM-12PM | Zoom
    Register Here

    A safe and healthy place to live is a matter of justice. Join us for a community conversation on Environmental Justice with a diverse panel of experts. This event seeks to raise awareness of current major environmental issues and what communities are most affected by these, share resources, and help identify ways everyone can take action to affect positive change in communities and improve health outcomes.

    Moderator and Panelists:

    Abigail Franks
    Programs and Policy Manager | Southeast Climate & Energy Network

    Katie Fagan, MSc, MA
    Outreach Coordinator | Black Warrior River Keeper

    Charles Powell
    President and Founding Director | People Against Neighborhood Industrial Contamination (PANIC)

    Jilisa Milton, JD, MSW
    Deputy Director - Advocacy & Strategic Partnerships | Greater-Birmingham Alliance to Stop Pollution (G.A.S.P)

    Veena B. Antony, MD
    Principal Investigator and Director | UAB Superfund Research Program
    Professor of Medicine and Environmental Health Science
    • A Conversation on LGBTQ Health Equity

      Panel Discussion Topic - LGBTQ Health Equity

      August 30, 2022 |  Event Recording

      Commitment to providing quality healthcare to all lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) persons is the focus of the conversation. Eliminating health disparities that occur based on sexual orientation, gender identity and presentation will improve overall community healthcare. This virtual event features a panel of experts leading discussions around this critical issue facing communities across the country and this discussion aims to explore ways to partner in research and in educational outreach toward solutions.

      Moderator and Panelists:

      • Sarah MacCarthy, PhD
        Magic City LGBTQ Health Studies Endowed Professor
        UAB Department of Health Behavior | UAB School of Public Health

        Jean Hernández, MA
        Latinx Program Coordinator, AIDS ALABAMA

        Austin H. Johnson, PhD (he/him/his)
        Director, Southern Equality Research and Policy Center
        Morissa Ladinsky, MD
        Associate Professor, UAB Department of Pediatrics
        Multidisciplinary Gender Health Team

        Karen Musgrove, PhD
        CEO, Birmingham AIDS Outreach
        Bridge Hill Kennedy, PhD
        Associate Professor, UAB Department of Psychology
        Director, Online Undergraduate Program Research Concentration: Human Sexuality, LGBTQ+ Rights, Social Psychology, Human Development, and Gender Issues

        Mauda Monger, PhD
        Chief Operating Officer, My Brother's Keeper
    • Racism as a Public Health Crisis

      Panel Discussion Topic - Racism as a Public Health Crisis
      June 23, 2022 | Event Recording

      Across the country, local and state leaders are declaring racism a public health crisis or emergency. These declarations are an important first step to advancing racial equity and justice, and they must be followed by strategic action. This virtual event featured a panel of experts leading discussions around this critical issue facing communities in our region and beyond. The discussion also included ways to partner in research toward solutions.

    • Maternal Mortality
      Panel Discussion Topic - Maternal Mortality
      April 27, 2022 | Event Recording

      This virtual event featured a panel of experts from the University of Alabama at Birmingham, Jefferson County Dept. of Health, Auburn School of Nursing, Alabama State Perinatal Division, and more, leading discussions around this critical issue facing communities in our region and beyond. This panel discussion aimed to help participants better understand the burden of maternal complications and mortality and to foster conversation on the health disparities that exist among the populations at greatest risk. Through discussion as well as educating the public through awareness, we hope to impact clinical practice and to explore ways to partner in research toward solutions in improving maternal outcomes in communities.
    • Community Violence
      Panel Discussion Topic - Community Violence
      December 17, 2021: Event Recording

      In the past two years, homicides and gun assaults have risen as much as 30 percent in medium to large cities in the United States, with this type of violence disproportionately affecting communities of color and high-poverty neighborhoods. For more than 20 years, homicide has been the leading cause of death for African-American boys and young adults between the ages of 15 and 34. Community violence has been closely linked to inequities, including disparate access to employment, housing, health care, quality education, healthy food, and safety within neighborhoods. Birmingham and Jefferson County have experienced similar trends in both increases in violence and in social and racial inequity. This discussion will bring together representatives from multiple organizations and groups seeking to better understand the causes, current efforts underway, and possible solutions to addressing violence in our communities. Short presentations will be followed by an open forum where members of the community can come together to discuss how we might address community violence through multiple and interlocking efforts.
    • Food Insecurity

      Panel Discussion Topic - Food Insecurity
      February 24, 2023: Event Recording

      In 2020, 13.8 million households were food insecure at some time during the year according to the USDA. Join us for a community conversation on food insecurity, as we discuss the ways community groups and researchers might work together toward solutions. Through dialogue we hope to increase community awareness, share resources and provide education and insight to affect positive change in communities. Our incredible panel features speakers from UAB School of Public Health, UAB Blazer Kitchen, Jones Valley Teaching Farm, Auburn University Hunger Solutions Institute, Harvest Community Charities, and the Community Food Bank of Central Alabama.


      T.Marie King, Director of Youth Pathways & Experiences
      Jones Valley Teaching Farm


      Lisa Higginbotham, LBSW, MPA, UAB Benevolent Fund Manager
      Blazer Kitchen
      Erika Austin, PhD, MPH, CPH, Associate Professor and Associate Dean
      UAB School of Public Health
      Alicia Powers, PhD, Managing Director
      Auburn University Hunger Solutions Institute
      James Harris, President and CEO
      Harvest Community Charities
      Eli Ponder-Twardy, Assistant Director of Programs
      Community Food Bank of Central Alabama


  • For more information, contact:

    Clifford Kennon
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