Semester Spotlight

Each Fall and Spring semester we focus in on a public health topic to encourage policy action among our stakeholders.

This consists of symposiums, forums, seminars, lectures, and more.

Public health is an incredibly broad field, and so is public policy. There are so many big issues at the intersection of health and policy, and we want to shed light on each of these issues. We want to provide public health professionals, students, policymakers, community members, and everyone else with the opportunity to take a deeper dive and really explore what these topics are.

Fall 2021: Mental Health

The COVID-19 pandemic has sparked many conversations around mental health and wellbeing, especially as we slowly return to work and school. This semester, we're exploring some of the intersections between mental health and public policy!

August 31 - Reporting Back (Part One)

August 31 - Reporting Back (Part One)
Preliminary results from the COVID-19, Race, and Students and Postdoctoral Fellows Mental Health Study

September 8 - Exploring Mental Health

September 8 - Exploring Mental Health
A conversation about the different facets of mental health and wellbeing

September 22 - Okanagan Charter

September 22 - Okanagan Charter
What is the Okanagan Charter and what does it mean for UAB?

October 12 - EACC Overview of Services

October 12 - EACC Overview of Services
Learn about the mental health resources available to UAB employees!

October 26 - Head Trauma and Brain Health

October 26 - Head Trauma and Brain Health
Thirty years ago, children and adults with head injuries were often told to walk it off. Today we know that concussions can lead to issues with cognitive function and mental health into adulthood. We will cover what is currently known about the science of maintaining strong cognitive health.

November 16 - Reporting Back (Part Two)

November 16 - Reporting Back (Part Two)
A final update from the COVID-19, Race, and Students and Postdoctoral Fellows Mental Health Study, with an opportunity to draft recommendations for UAB moving forward

Past Spotlights:

 

Spring 2021 - LGBTQ+ Health

The LGBTQ+ community is disproportionately impacted by a range of infectious and chronic diseases and conditions that are exacerbated by discrimination, shame, and stigma. For too long, a lack of accurate, contextualized data has prevented social scientists from resolving health disparities that affect the daily lives of LGBTQ people. In the spring of 2021, we explored LGBTQ+ health issues through a policy lens.

Part of the reason we wanted to focus on LGBTQ+ health is because of the initiative to establish an endowed professorship (and eventually an endowed chair) position focused solely on studying LGBTQ+ health issues in the southeastern United States. For more information on this effort, and to donate to the fundraising initiative, visit https://www.uab.edu/soph/home/giving/magic-city-lgbtq-health-studies-endowed-professorship

Click here for a full summary of our spotlight events!

Fall 2020 - Criminal Justice and Police Reform

In light of the protests against police brutality and systemic racism around the country, we are focusing on racial justice and policing this fall. Racism is a public health issue, and for far too long public policy has failed to truly address it. Join us as we explore the manifestations of - and potential solutions to - systemic racism in America.

 

Spring 2020 - Science Communication

The way we speak about science and research matters. When we talk to policymakers are we talking down to them? When we give information to the public, is it in an appropriate format that they'll understand? Our Semester Spotlight for the Spring of 2020 is Science Communication. We want to explore the best practices in policy advocacy and relaying important information.

 

Fall 2019 - Built Environment

We've seen it in study after study after study. Where we live impacts how long we live. How can we plan communities to foster health? Join us this fall as we explore all things built environment and public health, ranging from climate change to health behavior to community development.