Communications Team

The Communications team leads all strategic communication efforts for the Department of Family and Community Medicine. Our team maintains the department website, distributes monthly newsletters, manages all social media (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram), and produces and promotes important department news internally and externally.

Caroline Newman

Caroline Newman
Communications Director

Erin Slay-Wilson

Erin Slay-Wilson
Communications Specialist 

Kenia Hernandez

Kenia Hernandez
Communications Intern


Where can I find the department's logo?

Because we are housed under the School of Medicine, we use their logo on all of our external materials to create a cohesive brand. We do not have a logo specific to our department, but we can list “Department of Family and Community Medicine” on the same document to identify ourselves as needed.

Do I have to follow branding guidelines for presentations?

Yes. We believe that our branding templates for PowerPoint and other presentation materials are the best vehicles for your information. They are easily accessible here, but we are always happy to work with you on a custom template as needed.

How can I update the website?

We appreciate your help in keeping our website up to date. Please click here to send a request to update a webpage. Links and specific examples are always appreciated.

I need help spreading the word about a project. Can I post on the department's social media?

Please send any requests for social media promotion to Jess. We always welcome content suggestions from faculty and staff.

Branding Guidelines, Photo Gallery, and Logo/Template Downloads 

Always check your logo use with the UAB Style Guide
Download UAB templates (PowerPoint, flyer, poster, map, and more) here. 

UAB Image Gallery

The UAB Image Gallery offers a wide selection of photography from across campus at various sizes available for download. The gallery is searchable and updated regularly.

BlazerID login is required to view and download images.

UAB Standard Logo

standard logo

Use the UAB standard logo (also known as the monogram logo) when space is limited on a sign or smaller promotional items.

UAB Preferred Logo

standard 2 logo

Always use this logo when space allows to emphasize our brand. This logo should always appear in two colors (green and black) and should never be smaller than 120px.

UAB School of Medicine Logo

preferred logo 

  • Use this logo when communicating within the SOM or with medical audiences.
  • “Department of Family and Community Medicine” may appear directly below this logo. There is not a FCM logo independent of the SOM logo with the UAB monogram component.

Communication Services 

External Audience

External audiences include members of the media, external donors, alumni, etc. If you’re creating a communications piece for external use, it is best for us to be involved so that we can ensure university and SOM branding guidelines are followed. In some cases, we can even create your document for you and save you time!

Aren’t sure whether your document is for external use? Here are some questions that will help you decide:

  • Will audiences outside of your immediate team see this document?
  • Will you be sending this document to audiences outside of UAB?
  • Is it patient-facing or meant to be posted on a website?
  • Are students or partners going to use the document to reference departmental programs or requirements?
  • Are you using the document as a part of a presentation on behalf of UAB, the SOM, or the department?

If you could say “yes” to any of these questions, your document is likely meant for external use and could benefit from a communications team member helping to create it.

NOTE: If a member of the media (i.e. news stations, radio hosts, reporters, etc.) contacts you directly, please be sure to reply to the email with a communications team member copied. You can also forward any external media requests you receive personally to us so we can coordinate with University Relations on setting up interviews.

Promoting Your Messages

We want to help share your stories and successes! We have several outlets that we are always looking to update with news from the department. Here are a few examples:

  • Social Media
    • We love to share photos of our faculty and staff making a difference in the community. Send any of the communications team photos from your projects (be sure to obtain written permission from subjects outside of UAB) and we may share them on social media.
  • Newsletters
    • We send a monthly departmental newsletter to all FCM faculty, staff, and partners across the state. Sharing your stories and projects with us will usually include a mention in that newsletter. We also share stories with the School of Medicine for stories with relevance to the entire school.
  • Website
    • In many cases, we can update our FCM website pages with relevant updates about programs, clinics, and faculty successes.
  • Website Stories
    • We aim to publish at least 1-2 stories per month in our news tab on our website. Share your updates with us and they may appear in a website story.

Submit Your Communication Request

Our team is happy to help you with any of your communication needs including news and event promotion, web edits, brand materials and more. Please complete the request form below and a member of our team will respond to you shortly. 

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