Bringing Alabama out of the bottom in national health rankings isn’t going to be an easy task. To be successful, we will need to develop a sustainable and comprehensive plan that can be rolled out to cities across Alabama. First, to test the effectiveness of this plan, we have established Demonstration Areas. These areas are made up of communities across the Birmingham area including Bush Hills, East Lake, Kingston, Titusville, and the UAB campus.

Click one of the communities below to learn more about its history, conditions, and the work being done.

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About Our Communities

Kingston

In an area nestled between Avondale and Woodlawn—divided by I-20/I-59—is a community that is often forgotten. Kingston, a neighborhood named after 1800’s Birmingham resident, attorney, and early settler, Peyton King.

In the 1950s, Kingston became the location of housing project, Rev. Dr. Morrell Todd Homes Village (formerly known as Morton Simpson Village), which accommodates 7,000 residents. Three schools were built to serve the children of Kingston: Dupuy Elementary School, Gibson Elementary School, and Kingston Elementary School.

Over time, as the population within the neighborhood declined—forcing businesses, schools, and health care locations to close. Of the schools mentioned above, only one is operational today, Dupuy Alternative School. Kids who don’t attend Dupuy make the commute to Hays K-8 in Avondale. This journey to school includes crossing train tracks—a task that can be especially dangerous for those without transportation.

Furthermore, without access to fresh produce in a local grocery store or with limited access to healthcare, residents depend on non-profit agencies and public funds to address the needs of the community.

As one of the Grand Challenge demonstration zones, Live HealthSmart Alabama developed a comprehensive plan to improve the health of Kingston’s residents.

Joining forces with Kingston residents, neighborhood association and local businesses, we are creating a sustainable model of community improvement—using everything from a mobile food market and mobile wellness van to changes in the environment that improve safety, increase neighborhood walkability, and beautify the community.


References- https://www.bhamwiki.com/w/Peyton_King

Titusville

Titusville, one of the first neighborhoods where Black/African Americans could own commercial or residential property, has had a long history filled with culture and community. Prior to its current name (until 1970), the community was known as South Elyton and was home to Alice Furnace, one of the first blast furnaces in Birmingham. Industry in the area, combined with its proximity to the city, paved the way for it to be the location of Birmingham’s first airport.

In the early 1900s, Alice Furnace began to close parts of its operation and by 1940, it was inoperable. As industry began to develop in other parts of Birmingham, and the country, Titusville saw a steep decline in residents and an increase of vacant houses.

In the 1960s, Titusville became the location of many key civil rights movements. The most famous of which was the place where Martin Luther King, Jr. penned his Letter from a Birmingham Jail. Over the years, respected African Americans such as Wallace Rayfield, William Bell, and Condoleezza Rice, have all called Titusville home.

Even with a history of heroism and strength, the effects of population migration are still being felt in the community. For current residents, this means a lack of healthcare and access to fresh, healthy foods.

Over the past 30 years, companies such as the Titusville Development Corporation have been serving members of their community with affordable housing, food pantries, GED, job readiness programs, and more. Aligned with the goal of helping Titusville, Live HealthSmart Alabama has formed a strategic partnership with TDC to revitalize the neighborhood.

We, along with our partners, are working to bring increased access to prevention and wellness, physical activity, and healthy eating back to Titusville. And, with changes in the built environment, we hope to make Titusville a safer place while reducing health disparities via a mobile wellness van and mobile food market in the neighborhood.

As a community rooted in leadership, Titusville is ready to show how the courage of the past, will forge its future.

Resources- https://bhamnow.com/2019/09/09/7-things-to-love-about-birminghams-titusville-community-including-dc-blox/

Bush Hills

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