The School of Public Health at the University of Alabama at Birmingham will host the State of Health in Jefferson County Address on Tuesday, April 2. Mark Wilson, M.D., the health officer for the Jefferson County Department of Health, will present the annual address, where he will speak about the current health issues in the area, including a focus on violence, mental health and substance abuse.
“As the only school of public health in the state, we believe it is our obligation to engage with the local public health practice community, and one way we do this is by sponsoring the State of Health in Jefferson County Address,” said Paul Erwin, M.D., DrPH, dean of the UAB School of Public Health. “During the address, I will listen for opportunities where we can contribute to the work of the JCDH in helping to create conditions in Jefferson County to maximize the potential for people to be healthy.”
“I am grateful to Dean Erwin and the School of Public Health for hosting this event, and for the school’s longstanding partnership with JCDH,” Wilson said. “I look forward to highlighting a few of the major public health issues facing Jefferson County, and how JCDH and its partners are addressing them.”
Wilson will also be presenting the annual “Public Health Champion Award” to a partner organization that has made a significant contribution to public health in our community.
The event is being held during the annual National Public Health Week, which runs from April 1-7.
The State of Health in Jefferson County Address begins at 11:30 a.m. April 2. It will be held in the Hill Student Center Alumni Theater, located at 1400 University Blvd.