The Mission of the Lister Hill Center for Health Policy is to connect and support those seeking to improve health outcomes through policy. 



  1. Enhance opportunities for policy collaboration through education both of faculty and students
  2. Create opportunities for dissemination of information through newsletters and policy briefs
  3. Fund academic research seeking to impact health policy
  4. Provide reputable data sources for academic research
  5. 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 formed 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, the Lister Hill Center has sponsored a number of seminars and research workshops. The Center has funded several research scholars over the years.

In the past year, we’ve taken a new turn with the Lister Hill Center. We want to expand the Center beyond the School of Public Health and beyond UAB. We’re instituting some new programs and initiatives, which you can learn more about on the Resources page.

Who We Are:
Suzanne Judd, Director

Suzanne Judd, Director

Dr. Suzanne E Judd received her PhD from Emory University in 2008. Her dissertation included a clinical trial studying the effect of different forms of vitamin D on blood pressure. For this work, she was awarded a fellowship from The American Society of Nutrition. Dr. Judd also received an MPH in Epidemiology from Emory in 2005 and a BS in Chemical Engineering from Michigan Tech in 1999. After several years in the pharmaceutical industry manufacturing FDA regulated products, she returned to school to pursue a research career. She is currently a program manager for the Reasons for Geographic and Racial Differences in Stroke (REGARDS).
Ariann Nassel, Director of Geospatial Data Visualization

Ariann Nassel, Director of Geospatial Data Visualization

Ariann is an expert in developing GIS applications to take public health projects and research to the next level. As a GIS Analyst, she has established herself as a leader within the industry. Her specialties include training and teaching GIS, working with census data, program development, data collection, and using GIS to analyze and evaluate public health programs. Ariann holds a MA in Geography from the University of Georgia (Athens, Georgia) and a BA in Geography from Clark University (Worcester, MA).
Sean McMahon, Program Manager

Sean McMahon, Program Manager

Sean McMahon graduated from UAB in 2016 with a Bachelor's degree in public health. During his time as an undergrad at UAB, he was very active with the Global and Community Leadership Honors Program, Universities Fighting World Hunger, and Timmy Global Health (now merged with GHIG). He participated in several service-learning courses and worked with a variety of nonprofit organizations around the city of Birmingham. After graduating, Sean went on to serve as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Timor-Leste. Since returning to Birmingham, he's worked with UAB's Office of Service Learning and Undergraduate Research as an AmeriCorps VISTA. Sean is excited to be back with SOPH and support the Lister Hill Center!