Congratulations 2015 CHIA Winners!

Programs that stress job skills, mental health awareness, diet and wellness are the latest recipients of funding from the Community Health Innovation Awards.  

CHIA is an annual grant competition open to local 501(c)(3) organizations in the Greater Birmingham area that enables participants to seek bold, creative solutions to health challenges their communities face. Applicants work with UAB experts and local businesses to propose and complete a project addressing a public health issue in their communities. Projects are supported by grant funding, ranging from $5,000 to $25,000, awarded by One Great Community, the community engagement arm of the CCTS.


No More Martyrs: Mosaic Mental Health Awareness Project, $25,000
The Mosaic Mental Health Awareness Project will provide mental health awareness training — called Mental Health First Aid — through churches in the Birmingham area, as well as host on-site support groups for individuals living with or caring for someone with mental health concerns. The project will designate six churches in the Birmingham area to train pastors and church officials and offer monthly training open to all church members and the general public. The program will also offer monthly on-site support groups. The program intends to train 2,000 individuals in Mental Health First Aid and offer on-site support to at least 200 individuals. To learn more about this awardee, read “No More Martyrs for Mental Illness."

Redemptive Cycles, $25,000
Redemptive Cycles is a nonprofit bicycle repair shop serving many downtown-based homeless missions by providing a means of transportation which is sustainable, economical, efficient and healthy for those community members living at the margins. The goal is to implement, expand and sustain Birmingham’s first Earn-A-Bike program, which would enable an individual with a self-declared economic hardship to exchange 12 hours of their time for a bicycle that is theirs to keep. During this time investment, recipients will learn basic bike mechanic skills, help out in the shop and become members of the growing Redemptive Cycles family.

Woodlawn High School and Jones Valley Teaching Farm, $17,000
Woodlawn Connection is a series of three neighborhood community health nights to be held in 2016. Students at Woodlawn High School will organize and plan the events, which will focus on health, wellness and diet. The evenings will feature cooking classes, entertainment and storytelling. The events will also offer targeted health screenings for hypertension and high glucose levels, complete with easy-to-use “take home” tools, educational materials, and connections to health providers that will help community members better understand and manage their health.

Bib and Tucker Sew-Op, $13,000
Bib and Tucker Sew-Op will teach machine sewing and design-based problem solving to single-parent families in Woodlawn. Four trainees will be recruited with help from Woodlawn YWCA’s Interfaith Hospitality House. Each will participate in 96 hours of instruction over a nine-month period. Bib and Tucker and the trainees will develop and manufacture a product for a client — a therapy tool for patients with dementia at UAB Highlands Acute Care for Elders unit. Participants will acquire sewing skills and client relationship skills.

About the Grant Award:

One Great Community established the Community Health Innovation Awards as an annual grant competition for area organizations in the greater Birmingham area. The Community Health Innovation Awards are envisioned as a way for participants to think boldly and creatively about solutions to "on the ground" health challenges communities face, to work in partnership with some of the best minds in our area, and to collaborate with local businesses to complete a project. These awards are a way for UAB, local leaders and our communities to share resources and expertise. Grants ranging from $5,000 to $25,000 will be awarded to local organizations whose ideas innovatively address community health issues.  

Below are photos from the 2014 CHIA award ceremony. Also, please visit UAB Magazine online to read about how the funds from this grant are being used in Birmingham.

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What is One Great Community?

One Great Community is the community engagement component of UAB's Center for Clinical and Translational Science (CCTS). Its goal is to connect basic science and clinical researchers with the multiple communities they serve.  This collaboration will ensure that research efforts respond to and reflect the needs of the community through an active process of community involvement, dialogue, and mutual understanding.