"Monica Baskin, Ph.D."

Monica Baskin, Ph.D., professor at the University of Alabama at Birmingham Division of Preventive Medicine, was recently installed as president of Jefferson County Health Action Partnership.

The Partnership is a community health-oriented collaboration of more than 80 organizations, including the United Way of Central Alabama, Jefferson County Department of Health, UAB and Community Foundation of Greater Birmingham.

Achievements of the Jefferson County Health Action Partnership include comprehensive smoke-free policies throughout the county; 41 miles of fully funded or completed bike and pedestrian pathways; increases in fresh fruit and vegetable purchases by Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP, recipients by 60 percent; and nutrition education, workshops and equipment for physical activity in 12 Jefferson County school systems.

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