Through decades of research, interventions, and working side-by-side in underserved communities, Live HealthSmart Alabama finds itself in a unique position to help those in underserved communities during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Launched in 2019, Live HealthSmart Alabama, a program of the Minority Health & Health Disparities Research Center (MHRC) was created with the vision of bringing Alabama out of the bottom in national health rankings. To make this happen, Live HealthSmart Alabama takes a multi-pronged approach to individuals’ health—factoring in wellness, nutrition, and physical activity.

In March of 2020, shortly after the first case of coronavirus was confirmed in Alabama, for-profit companies began drive-through testing at convenient locations in and around the city. This approach alienated many Birmingham residents who didn’t have access to a car or couldn’t afford to pay out-of-pocket prices for testing. To help close some of this gap, UAB Medicine hosted drive through COVID-19 testing near its hospitals in downtown Birmingham. To bring this service to residents of our underserved communities, Live HealthSmart Alabama found itself in a unique position to take action, while staying true to its values.

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To learn more about Live HealthSmart Alabama’s efforts during the COVID-19 pandemic, check out our timeline below or choose one of the following topics:

 How do I get tested for COVID-19?
My school or work place is interested in group testing.
I am a host site for Live HealthSmart Alabama's COVID-19 testing. How do I help promote? 
Where can I find downloadable information, handouts, and resources about COVID-19? 
How is Live HealthSmart Alabama helping Spanish-speaking communities?


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