Village Market Partnership LHSABIRMINGHAM, Ala. – Live HealthSmart Alabama, a program of the UAB Minority Health & Health Disparities Research Center, has expanded its team with the addition of Teresa Shufflebarger, MBA, MHA, as Chief Administrative Officer.

Since winning the inaugural UAB Grand Challenge in 2019, Live HealthSmart Alabama has developed a comprehensive plan to improve health outcomes in four of Birmingham’s neighborhoods—Bush Hills, East Lake, Kingston, and Titusville. Each plan consists of policy, system, and environment changes that help facilitate change in critical areas such as prevention & wellness, healthy eating, and physical activity.

Under the leadership of Mona Fouad, M.D., MPH, and director of the Minority Health & Health Disparities Research Center (MHRC), Live HealthSmart Alabama operations will focus on implementing the improvement plan while Shufflebarger will develop a sustainable and scalable strategy to expand Live HealthSmart Alabama across the state

For three decades, Teresa Shufflebarger has held operations and strategic planning roles in the health care industry. As someone originally from the Birmingham area, she comes to UAB from her most recent role as founder and CEO at Allegro Partners, where she moved to from Brookwood Baptist Health.

Teresa is a graduate of the University of Alabama at Birmingham, where she received her Master of Business Administration (MBA) and Master of Health Administration (MHA).

Dr. Fouad shares, “We are excited to have Teresa join the Live HealthSmart Alabama team. Her experience, passion, and dedication to the health of our communities will be invaluable in reaching our long-term goals.”

Shufflebarger says, “The good thing about being in one place for over 25 years is that you make a lot of friends and have professional colleagues from all over the state. Similarly, what’s important for Live HealthSmart Alabama is the depth and breadth of the partnerships it can make. Together, with a focused effort across many varied partners, we can make it happen.”

Ultimately, Live HealthSmart Alabama aims to move the state out of the bottom ten in key national health rankings for obesity, diabetes, and cardiovascular disease.

To achieve this, Shufflebarger explains, “It’s a heavy lift, and it’s not something you can be successful at alone. The ability to tell our story so that we can form lasting partnerships and shared ownership of this vision is how we will succeed.”

Due to the pandemic, Live HealthSmart Alabama made a pivot from its original plans to provide underserved communities easy-to-understand COVID-19 information and access to testing. Moving forward, Shufflebarger will develop her strategy using the original long-term vision of Live HealthSmart Alabama—achieving better health for all.

Shufflebarger concludes, “Throughout my career, I’ve watched the work UAB has done in the community from afar. I am thrilled and honored to now be a part of that team.”

 

 

About the Minority Health & Health Disparities Research Center

Established in 2002, the MHRC generated and disseminates research knowledge from biomedical, behavioral, and social sciences in order to reduce the health disparities experienced by vulnerable populations and disadvantaged communities locally, regionally, and nationally. By aligning research, training, and community outreach, the MHRC advances scientific knowledge about the root causes of health inequalities and delivers real-world solutions to vulnerable communities. The MHRC is a University-wide Interdisciplinary Research Center and a designated Center of Excellence in Health Disparities Research by the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH).