Prichard is outside of Mobile with a population of 22,000, 75% of whom are black.

One in three families are below the poverty line. Closing factories in the 80s and 90s created economic challenges. In 1999, the city declared bankruptcy.

The Prichard Coalition was established in January 2019, with 40 members, led by the Mayor and other representatives. The Mayor’s hope for the Coalition is to establish this group as an enabling platform to coordinate existing services and bring in new partners and resources to improve the health of Prichard.

Through such initiatives as the Building Healthy Communities, the MHRC has built a bridge to the community and translated science into better health for all. Through many years of working in underserved communities, the MHRC is building capacity for a change in the culture of health.