Fall 2021 Events:

 * indicates an event that is part of our Semester Spotlight series.

 

*Reporting Back: The COVID-19, Race, and Students and Postdoctoral Fellows Mental Health Study

August 31 | 12:00pm-1:00pm

The COVID-19, Race, and Mental Health Study, supported mainly by a back-of-the-envelope award from the School of Public Health, conducted surveys, interviews, and focus groups with UAB students leading up to and during the 2020-2021 academic year. The study sought to uncover how students are coping with the pandemic and social issues around race, and identify how UAB might better support the mental health of students. Drs. Robin Lanzi, Lisa Schwiebert, and Angela Stowe presented some of their initial findings.

Co-sponsored with the Graduate School, Student Counseling Services, and the Department of Health Behavior

 

*Exploring Mental Health

September 8 | 12:00pm-1:00pm

Program Manager Sean McMahon sat down for a conversation with Amber Martin, national certified counselor and PhD student in the department of Health Behavior, about the different facets of mental health and wellbeing. Watch the recording here: https://youtu.be/5mXiPDBIDek

Co-sponsored with the Office of Public Health Practice and the Public Health Student Association

 

*Okanagan Charter & UAB's Role as a Health Promoting University

September 22 | 12:00pm-1:00pm

In 2020, UAB became the first institution in the United States to adopt the Okanagan Charter and become an internationally recognized Health Promoting University. Health Promoting Universities are an international community that aspires to transform the health and sustainability of current and future societies, strengthen communities, and contribute to the well-being of people, places and the planet. Dr. Rebecca Kennedy, Assistant Vice President for Student Health and Wellbeing, presented on what the Okangan Charter means for UAB. Watch the recording here: https://youtu.be/-8j5yQFDHjw

Register here: https://tinyurl.com/LHCMH-9-22

Co-sponsored with the Office of Public Health Practice and the Public Health Student Association

  

Social Justice Café: Gun Violence and Human Rights

September 29 | 4:00pm-5:00pm

Katie White, one of the Summer 2021 MPH interns at the Lister Hill Center, has written on gun violence prevention in Birmingham and will lead a discussion on guns and human rights.
The Institute for Human Rights' Social Justice Café provides a virtual space to engage on topical issues related to human rights and social justice facing our community, our nation, and our world. Anyone is welcome to participate as long as they are respectful to others and do not attempt to dominate the conversation. Specific topics will change week to week.

Register here: https://calendar.uab.edu/event/social_justice_cafe_9046#.YVHbbZrMKUl

Co-sponsored with theInstitute for Human Rights

 

Cooked: Survival by Zip Code Film Screening

October 7 | 6:00pm-8:45pm

In COOKED: Survival By Zip Code, Peabody Award-winning filmmaker Judith Helfand uses her signature serious-yet-quirky connect-the-dots style to take audiences from the deadly 1995 Chicago heat wave -- in which 739 mostly black, elderly, and poor Chicagoans died during the course of one week-- deep into one of our nation’s biggest growth industries: disaster preparedness. Along the way, Helfand forges inextricable links between extreme weather, extreme disparity, and extreme racism, daring to ask: what if a zip code was just a routing number and not a life-or-death sentence?
"Cooked" is an adaptation of Eric Klinenberg’s groundbreaking book Heat Wave: A Social Autopsy of Disaster in Chicago.

This event will occur in person at the Hill Student Center Alumni Theatre.

UAB students, faculty, and staff must register through Engage.
Community members may RSVP here: https://gaspgroup.org/cooked/

Co-sponsored with Gasp, UAB Sustainability, Green Initiative, and Sustain at UAB

 

*EACC Resources

October 12 | 4:00pm-5:00pm

Join us to learn more about the mental health resources available to UAB employees!

Register here: https://tinyurl.com/LHCMH-10-12

 

Vaccine Mandates and Human Rights

October 13 | 4:00pm-5:00pm

This installment of the Social Justice Café will focus on vaccine mandates and human rights. Epidemiologist Dr. Suzanne Judd will join us for the discussion.
The Institute for Human Rights' Social Justice Café provides a virtual space to engage on topical issues related to human rights and social justice facing our community, our nation, and our world. Anyone is welcome to participate as long as they are respectful to others and do not attempt to dominate the conversation. Specific topics will change week to week.

Register here: https://calendar.uab.edu/event/social_justice_cafe_1697#.YT-BhI5KiUk

Co-sponsored with theInstitute for Human Rights

 

*Head Trauma and Brain Health, Protecting the Mind for Years to Come

October 26 | 12:00pm-1:00pm

Thirty years ago, it was not uncommon for children and adults to have head injuries in which they lost consciousness only to “wake up” and be told to walk it off. Today we know these concussions can lead to issues with cognitive function and mental health into adulthood. There are many ways to ensure the brain will stay healthy as we age and we will cover what is currently known about the science of maintaining strong cognitive health.

Register here: https://calendar.uab.edu/event/head_trauma_and_brain_health_protecting_the_mind_for_years_to_come#.YVHnbprMKUk

Co-sponsored with theNational Alumni Society and School of Public Health

 

Public Health from a Disability Perspective

November 3 | 12:00pm-1:00pm

Disability Rights and Resources’ mission is to empower people with disabilities to fully participate in the community. They encourage people with disabilities to support one another in reaching their own independent living goals, and also promote equal access and disability rights through advocacy and public awareness activities. Ms. Elizabeth Patton will be speaking about the mission, work, and programs of Disability Rights and Resources including the use of identity-first language when communicating about people with disabilities.

Register here: https://tinyurl.com/DRR-11-3

Co-sponsored with theOffice of Public Health Practice, Public Health Student Association, and Institute for Human Rights

 

An evening with Harriet Washington

November 4 | 4:30pm-5:30pm

Harriet Washington, author of Medical Apartheid: The Dark History of Medical Experimentation on Black Americans from Colonial Times to the Present, will speak about her groundbreaking work. Anyone interested in public health and social justice does not want to miss this.

Register here: https://tinyurl.com/LHC-11-4

Co-sponsored with theInstitute for Human Rights; College of Arts and Sciences; and Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

 

*Reporting Back: The COVID-19, Race, and Students and Postdoctoral Fellows Mental Health Study

November 16 | 12:00pm-1:30pm

The COVID-19, Race, and Mental Health Study, supported mainly by a back-of-the-envelope award from the School of Public Health, conducted surveys, interviews, and focus groups with UAB students leading up to and during the 2020-2021 academic year. The study sought to uncover how students are coping with the pandemic and social issues around race, and identify how UAB might better support the mental health of students. Join us to hear more about the study, and it's implications for UAB policies, from Drs. Robin Lanzi, Lisa Schwiebert, and Angela Stowe!

Register here: https://tinyurl.com/LHC-11-16

Co-sponsored with the Graduate School, Student Counseling Services, and the Department of Health Behavior

 

 

Interested in giving a health policy-related seminar with the Lister Hill Center? Email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and we'll see what we can do! 

 

Past Seminars/Events:

2021

*January 25 - Vin Tangpricha, MD, PhD

Dr. Vin Tangpricha, who more or less pioneered transgender medical care in the Southeast, shared his experiences in working with transgender medical care and explain some of the challenges that he and his patients have faced. Watch "Policy Barriers in Transgender Medical Care" here: https://youtu.be/54B6NvWeOV8

 

January 27 - Akiesha Anderson & Katie Glenn

Akiesha Anderson (Policy Director for Alabama Appleseed) and Katie Glenn (Policy Associate with the Southern Poverty Law Center) presented an overview of the practices and policies in place known as the "School to Prison Pipeline." To learn more about this phenomenon and how it can be addressed, watch the recording here: https://youtu.be/TI75bNkl09Q

Co-sponsored with the Office of Public Health Practice and the Public Health Student Association

 

February 3 - Lois Privor-Dumm, IMBA

Mrs. Privor-Dumm is the Director of Adult Vaccine and Senior Advisor for Policy, Advocacy & Communications at the International Vaccine Access Center, housed in the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Watch "Vaccine Uptake in Low and Middle Income Countries" to learn more about her experience in advocating for vaccination campaigns abroad. Recording link: https://youtu.be/HupmYKtjaPI

Co-sponsored with the Office of Public Health Practice, Sparkman Center for Global Health, and the Public Health Student Association

 

February 6 - Global Health Case Competition Final Round

For more information about the Global Health Case Competition and view the finalists' presentation, visit the Sparkman Center's page here: https://www.uab.edu/sparkmancenter/past-cases/2021-uab-ghcc

Co-sponsored with Education Abroad and the Sparkman Center for Global Health
 

*February 17 - Sa'ed Atshan, PhD

Dr. Atshan is an Assistant Professor of Peace and Conflict Studies at Swarthmore College, where he is also Coordinator of the Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship Program. He discussed his most recent book, Queer Palestine and the Empire of Critique, with the Director of UAB's Institute for Human Rights, Dr. Tina Kempin-Reuter. The webinar recording is available upon request. The folks at Thank You Books are ready to make your order for you if you want a copy of the book!

Co-sponsored with the Institute for Human Rights

 

February 22 - Meltwater Crash Course

Representatives from Meltwater walked through some of the unique features of their platform, a resource available to UAB researchers through the Lister Hill Center. The recording from this session is available on request.

 

*March 1 - An Evening with Dominique Jackson

From fleeing persecution as a transgender woman in her home country of Trinidad and Tobago to starring in television hits, Dominique Jackson has seen it all. After experiencing homelessness and rejection from her own family, Jackson has used her success to shed light on the challenges transgender women like herself too often face. Featured as a part of Blazer Spirit Council’s Blazer Way event series and a Queer Peer’s BlaqOut series, this event will transition us from Black History Month into Women’s History Month as we chat with the Pose star about struggles she has faced in her life as.

The LHC was one of many co-sponsors for this event. 

 

March 3 - Celebrating Women's Suffrage: Engagement and Representation in a Comparative Perspective

This panel reflected on the women's rights movements in the US and Switzerland, and explored areas in which both countries can still experience growth. Watch the recorded webinar on Facebook here: https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=2963119803918223

Co-sponsored with the Institute for Human Rights and the Consulate General of Switzerland in Atlanta

 

*March 10 - LGBTQ+ Research at UAB

With this semester's focus on LGBTQ+ health, we think it's important to explore the good work that is already taking place at UAB! Click here to learn about the exciting research that Drs. Ronit Elk, Nicholas Van Wagoner, and Olivia Van Gerwen are leading.

Co-sponsored with the Office of Public Health Practice and the Public Health Student Association

 

March 18 - Birthing Models on the Human Rights Frontier: The Global Reproductive Rights Movement

Learn more about the global reproductive rights movement and innovative ways to integrate a human rights agenda into childbirth and maternal care. Expert speakers include Robbie Davis Floyd and Betty-Anne Daviss, co-editors of Birthing Models on the Human Rights Frontier: Speaking Truth to Power, Cristen Pascucci, founder and director of Birth Monopoly, and Dr. Yashica Robinson, MD, OB/GYN at Alabama Women's Wellness Center. We will post the recording soon!

Co-sponsored with the Institute for Human Rights

 

*March 23 - Heather Walter-McCabe, JD & Representative Neil Rafferty

Walter-McCabe's research investigates legislation meant to drive LGBTQ+ equity. Neil Rafferty represents District 54 in the Alabama House or Representatives. We hosted both of them for a conversation on "Pursuing Equity through Legislation." Watch the recorded webinar here: https://youtu.be/MmMFI8ZjVu8 

Co-sponsored with the Institute for Human Rights

March 29 - Seeking Environmental Justice in North Birmingham

Nina Morgan, an organizer with GASP, discussed environmental injustice in the North Birmingham community. After her presentation, the LHC's Health Policy Ambassadors presented ways to advocate for positive change. Watch the recording here: https://youtu.be/L4N6_zD_OBI

Co-sponsors: GASP, Green Initiative, AFECT, URGE, SJAC

March 30 - Selcan Kaynak

Professor Selcan Kaynak of Bogazici Univeristy in Istanbul presented on the state of human rights for refugees in Turkey.

Co-sponsored with the Institute for Human Rights

  

April 6 - Brittany Packnett Cunningham

As part of the Selma Bridge Crossing Jubilee, the IHR is hosting a panel and workshop on how to continue the work of equal justice and civil rights in a digital space. Graduate student Jaylah Cosby will lead a conversation with Brittany Packnett Cunningham on her activism for human rights, criminal justice reform, and racial equity and how to use digital platforms to advocate for justice, freedom, and social change. 

Co-sponsored with the Institute for Human Rights

 

*April 7 - Billy Caceres, PhD, RN, AGPCNP-BC

Dr. Caceres and his PhD students are investigating LGBTQ+ friendly policies and regulations across the United States. Watch his recorded lecture here: https://youtu.be/3O-1gprCTP0

Co-sponsored with the Office of Public Health Practice and the Public Health Student Association

*April 13 - Kristen Clark, MSN, RN

Conducting research with vulnerable populations comes with quite a few challenges. Several factors play into communities' reluctance to join research studies, and the LGBTQ+ community is not shielded from this. However, the PRIDE Study - the first major cohort study specifically for LGBTQ+ communities - is off to a great start. Watch "Building a Cohort Study for LGBTQ+ Health - Lessons from the PRIDE Study" here: https://youtu.be/oQWd7lQ0yKU

 

*April 21 - Issues and Challenges Facing the LGBTQ+ Community in the Caribbean

Join the Sparkman Center for Global Health, the Lister Hill Center for Health Policy, the CFAR Behavioral and Community Sciences Core, and the Caribbean Vulnerable Communities Coalition (CVC) for a presentation and discussion on the issues and challenges facing LGBTQ communities in the Caribbean with a special focus on access to healthcare. Registration Link: https://uasystem.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_y9AeX8zTQ8SZevmQC0wUSg

Co-sponsored with the Sparkman Center for Global Health and the Center for AIDS Research

 

May 18 - The Care of Older Adults in a Post-Pandemic World

The COVID-19 pandemic has been particularly devastating for the older population, and approaches to care for aging populations have dramatically shifted in the past fifteen months. In this webinar, Dr. David Grabowski, Professor of Health Care Policy at Harvard Medical School's Department of Health Care Policy, and one of the leading national experts on economics of aging and long-term care, discussed the policy landscape for geriatric care in the post-pandemic era. Watch the recording here: https://youtu.be/-P8wjVkO53Y
This was the second seminar sponsored by the Blue Cross Blue Shield of Alabama Endowed Chair in Health Economics and Lister Hill Center for Health Policy.

 

July 29 - Works In Progress

Last year, the Lister Hill Center for Health Policy launched Pilot Grants for Health Policy Research, a program aimed at building an evidence base for policymakers and researchers to draw from. With the funding having started in January 2021 this webinar served as the midpoint check-in for our three pilot projects.

2020

Februrary 5 - Mike Stobbe, DrPH

Dr. Stobbe is a medical writer for the Associated Press, and an adjunct professor at UNC's School of Public Health's department of Health Policy and Management. He also wrote the book Surgeon General's Warning: How Politics Crippled the Nation's Doctor. Dr. Stobbe presented "Communicating Science: A Journalist's Perspective," discussing some of his experiences with the intersection of journalism and science.

 

February 12 - Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science

You read that correctly. After his tenure with M*A*S*H and Scientific American Frontiers, actor Alan Alda founded the Center for Communicating Science at Stony Brook University ten years ago in New York. Since 2010, the experts from Stony Brook have traveled around the nation giving communication workshops and trainings to researchers and medical professionals. On February 12, from 11:30 to 1:30 at the Alumni House, we learned some of the best practices for communicating complex material to non-experts. After his plenary, we also hosted a small workshop in the afternoon, Crafting Clear and Vivid Communication.

 

March 10 - Holly Gainer

Holly Gainer, with UAB Media Relations, works regularly with UAB faculty who want to get the word out to the public about their research. This isn't an easy thing to do, so she gave an overview of how to interact with the press about your research.

 

September 10 - Pam King

Pam King, a former UAB History Instructor, presented to Dr. Allen's Environmental Justice class about the history of Birmingham, noting the oppressive policies in place from the very founding of the city. Watch the recording of "Birmingham: The Perfect City" here: https://youtu.be/l4o_nuyT2Zs

 

September 23 - Katie Glenn & Dillon Nettles

Together with the Office of Public Health Practice and Institute for Human Rights, we hosted Katie Glenn of the Southern Poverty Law Center and Dillon Nettles of the American Civil Liberties Union to learn about mass incarceration. Watch the recording of "Mass Incarceration: Policy Landscape in Alabama" here: https://youtu.be/XR4Pc1Xlr1w

 

 

October 1 - Offender Alumni Association

About 95% of the people who go to state prisons will be released at some point. How do past offenders navigate a world that stigmatizes them and holds them back? We hosted the Offender Alumni Association to learn about the re-entry process. Watch the recording of "Life After Prison" here: https://youtu.be/nRIbBcKuDMI

 

 

October 6 - Cool Green

As part of the International Urban Cooperation, Ariann Nassel (UAB SOPH) and Francesca Gross (Cawaco RD&C Council) presented findings from their Cool Green collaboration to Birmingham's sister city of Padua, Italy. Recording available here: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/9u0hrl1a7yk81un/AAA3p6VN9Pr_qBoN9UdvxpNaa?dl=0

 

October 6 - Voting as a Human Right: What's at Stake in 2020

As part of a larger effort to raise awareness of voting rights, we supported the Institute for Human Rights in hosting a panel discussion. Recording available via Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/934249473364463/videos/254020609348545

 

October 15 - Derecka Purnell

Human rights lawyer, activist, and writer - Derecka Purnell - sat down for a conversation with Odion Ovbiagele, one of our Health Policy Ambassadors. Purnell is an advocate for police abolition, not just reform. You can watch the recording of "A Conversation on Police Reform" here: https://youtu.be/xESInJyYVas

 

November 4 - Beyond Pretty Maps

This talk introduced viewers to spatial analysis techniques that move data beyond simple maps. Dr. Joseph Kerski explained how to use geographic data in statistical analyses in research projects. He also addressed the importance of proper data for GIS and the skills needed to perform quality GIS analyses. The recording can be found here: 

 

November 9 - Future of the Affordable Care Act?

Dr. Michael A. Morrisey, professor emeritus (Health Care Organization and Policy) and former director of the Lister Hill Center for Health Policy, spoke on the future of healthcare in the U.S. if the Affordable Care Act is overturned by the Supreme Court. This was the first seminar sponsored by the Blue Cross Blue Shield of AL Endowed Chair in Health Economics, and we look forward to further collaborations in the future! Recording: https://youtu.be/vVtZ_PmwFMw

 

November 13 - PolicyMap Crash Course

Ariann Nassel, the Center's Director of Geospatial Data Visualization, gave a quick overview of PolicyMap, a new resource offered by the Lister Hill Center. You can view the recording here: https://youtu.be/DMCzx4bJRuI

 

November 18 - What Now?

We don't want to simply talk through problems without providing space to explore solutions. We hosted Brandon Johnson, the director for the City of Birmingham's Office of Peace and Policy for a conversation on how to move forward in reforming policing policy in Birmingham. Recording available here: https://youtu.be/IcVqlU1sWvM

2019

April 12 - Katherine Tucker, PhD

Dr. Katherine Tucker, Director of the Center for Population Health at University of Massachusetts Lowell. The title of her talk was "Nutrition and Health Among Older Puerto Rican Adults: The Boston Puerto Rican Health Study."

 

May 15 - Bradley Herring, PhD

We hosted Dr. Bradley Herring from the Johns Hopkins University School of Public Health. His lecture was titled “Neighborhood Poverty and Healthcare Utilization: Evidence from the Moving To Opportunity Experiment.”

 

September 4 - Rouzbeh Nazari, PhD

Dr. Nazari gave his talk "Resiliency and Vulnerability Planning Through High-Resolution Sensing and Multi-Scale Modeling." Click here to view the recorded lecture.

October 2 - James McClintcok, PhD

Dr. McClintock, Endowed University Professor of Polar and Marine Biology at UAB, gave his talk "From Penguins to Plankton – the Dramatic Impacts of Climate Change on the Antarctic Peninsula" on October 2. This lecture was recorded, and can be viewed here.

 

October 9 - Lois Gibbs

Together with the Office of Public Health Practice, we're brought Lois Gibbs to campus to present "Lessons From Love Canal." Gibbs, a grassroots organizer and environmental health activist, was essential in the evacuation of the Love Canal neighborhood in Niagara Falls, NY in the late 70's due to environmental contamination. She is often called the Mother of the Superfund, as the incident at Love Canal spurred the EPA to implement its Superfund policies. In 1980, she formed the Citizens' Clearinghouse for Hazardous Waste, later renamed the Center for Health, Environment and Justice.

You can view Ms. Gibbs's lecture here, and read out blog post about our conversation with her here!

 

October 29 - Lisa McCormick, DrPH

Dr. McCormick, Associate Dean for Public Health Practice at UAB's School of Public Health, presented "Managing Waste and Protecting Health." This was in collaboration with the Sparkman Center for Global Health and was meant to serve as a resource for students participating in the Global Health Case Competition.

 

November 20 - Kari White, PhD

Dr. Kari White is an Associate Professor of Social Work at the University of Texas at Austin, and the director of the Texas Policy Evaluation Project. Dr. White's talk, "Impact of Abortion Policy on Women's Health," centered on recent bills in state governments restricting abortion access, and the negative health implications these policies have,