The mission of the Lister Hill Center for Health Policy is to connect and support those seeking to improve health outcomes through policy. We aim to enhance opportunities for policy collaboration through education both of faculty and students, create opportunities for dissemination of information through newsletters and policy briefs, fund academic research seeking to impact health policy, provide reputable data sources for academic research, and empower students and community leaders to affect policy change.



ListerHillJoseph Lister Hill (1894 – 1984), an Alabama native named for the pioneer of antiseptic surgery, Sir Joseph Lister, served his home state in the U. S. Congress for over 45 years. Of his many accomplishments, two in particular influenced public health. First, he co-authored the 1946 Hill-Burton Act, which eventually helped to finance 9,200 medical facilities and was credited with raising the number of hospital beds in low-income states and bringing medical care to rural areas. Second, as the chair of the Senate Labor and Public Welfare Committee, Hill built partnerships with citizen-advocates and activist physicians to bring unheard of increases in federal funding to medical research. This research was conducted through the National Institutes of Health and by 1967 represented more than 40% of biomedical research performed in the United States.

On May 1, 1987, the Lister Hill Center for Health Policy was established at the University of Alabama at Birmingham’s School of Public Health with the objective to "refocus national health policy upon such goals as the development of a proactive health care system, the integration of treatment and prevention strategies and the reduction of societally imposed threats to health." For over three decades, LHC has sponsored several seminars, research workshops, summits, and symposiums in addition to funding research scholars. In the beginning of 2019, LHC embarked on a journey of renewal and revitalization. The Center continues to grow and offer new opportunities for stakeholders to engage with health policy.