We’ve spent the past few months meeting with stakeholders – students, researchers and educators, community organizations, and policymakers and their staff – to learn how we can best support them. That’s how we came up with our mission statement: The mission of the Lister Hill Center for Health Policy is to connect and support those seeking to improve health outcomes through policy. Below are some of the ideas we’ve come up with.

One great resource meant for everyone is our monthly newsletter! Sign up here.

There are actually a few different ways you can connect with us...

For more on resources we provide to each group of stakeholders, explore the menu below:

Community Organizations

What we do now:

Facilitate Connections

We definitely understand the importance of collaboration. As the common saying goes,

If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.

It's a simple story, really: Your organization has worked with public school athletic teams for decades and you've seen a rise in childhood obesity, hypertension, and asthma. We know researchers at UAB and around the country who research adolescent health, nutrition, physical activity, etc. We get everyone in the same space to talk about how to best work together to make a positive change.

We can also connect you with students - whether that be volunteering, internships, or course credit - that can work with you to achieve your health policy goals.

 

Learning and Networking Opportunities

 The Lister Hill Center hosts several lectures each fall and spring semester, and we are committed to always having an open invitation for community members. These seminars are usually held on-campus, so if you'd like to join us for a seminar, just email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and we'll coordinate details like parking. You can find a complete listing of our seminars here.

 Additionally, each fall and spring semester we host a symposium/day conference centered on our Semester Spotlight

 

What we want to do:

Organizing and Advocacy Support

We're well aware that nonprofit policy advocacy work can be incredibly difficult. Someday soon, we hope to be able to provide community organizations with mobilization, organizing, messaging, and general advocacy assistance.

Open Forums & Receptions

Another idea for the future is to host open forums and/or receptions in which we invite policymakers and community members to come together, facilitating discussion and learning.

Policymakers

What we do:

Learning and Networking Opportunities

The Lister Hill Center hosts several lectures each fall and spring semester, and we are committed to always having an open invitation for community members. These seminars are usually held on-campus, so if you'd like to join us for a seminar, just email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and we'll coordinate details like parking. You can find a complete listing of our seminars here.

Additionally, each fall and spring semester we host a symposium/day conference centered on our Semester Spotlight.

 

What we want to do:

Open Forums & Receptions

One idea we've had for the future is to host open forums and/or receptions in which we invite policymakers and community members to come together, facilitating discussion and learning.

Research

While we understand that policymakers typically have staff designated to do the research, we also understand that you may want an expert opinion. Researchers at UAB are often exploring the same issues you are.

Students

What we do:

Support for Civic Engagement

We strive to support all students interested in health policy, no matter where they are in their studies. If you're a student at UAB and you want to have a positive impact on health policy, let us know and we'll do our best to support you in whatever ways we can. This can look like forming a student group to address an issue, drafting a CGI U proposal, or even sponsoring a fellowship like the REAL Change Organizing and Advocacy Fellowship.

Learning and Networking Opportunities

The Lister Hill Center hosts several lectures each fall and spring semester, and we are committed to always having an open invitation for all. These seminars are usually held on-campus, so feel free to join us! You can find a complete listing of our seminars here.

Additionally, each fall and spring semester we host a symposium/day conference centered on our Semester Spotlight.

 

What we want to do:

Legislative Action Days

In the future, we will organize day-long trips to Montgomery, and possibly even longer trips to Capitol Hill in Washington, to give students the opportunity to immerse themselves in the legislative process and even take part in advocating for a public health issue of their choosing.

LHC Internships

We know our team has a few gaps. We want to offer student internships to solve that issue. Interns would likely help us manage our social media, website, and publicity, as well as help us write literature reviews for our stakeholders. 

Lister Hill Fellows

One more speculative idea that's been floated around or office is to fully sponsor a small number of students devoted to entering the health policy arena, whether that's research or community organizing or somewhere in between.

Researchers and Educators

What we do:

Curricular Modules

Each fall and spring semester, we focus in on a particular subject in public health and build our events and initiatives around that theme. We call these our Semester Spotlights. One part of this is the development of curricular modules, or short lessons that educators could use in their course if they'd like to. Before the beginning of each semester, we go ahead and develop these modules for the five focus areas in the School of Public Health. If you are outside of the SOPH, we are more than willing to work with you to develop modules for your specific discipline.

Dissemination

We know that one core concern of researchers is dissemination. We can help by including your research in our monthly newsletter, and if the research is relevant to the Semester Spotlight, we may invite you to present at our spotlight symposium.

Learning and Networking Opportunities

The Lister Hill Center hosts several lectures each fall and spring semester, and we are committed to always having an open invitation for all. These seminars are usually held on-campus, so feel free to join us! You can find a complete listing of our seminars here. Typically, we also provide for an opportunity to network with lecturers if they are visiting from another university. This is managed on a case-by-case basis; email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you're interested in meeting with any of our speakers.

Additionally, each fall and spring semester we host a symposium/day conference centered on our Semester Spotlight.

 

What we want to do:

Pilot Grants

We'd love to give researchers and organizations the resources they need to gather initial data, whether that be purchasing data, paying for software, or hosting focus groups.