Bridging the Gap in Health

Gaps in health outcomes exist between the general population and groups of people who experience systematic obstacles to health based on their race or ethnicity, socioeconomic status, geographic location, or other characteristics linked to exclusion.

Nowhere are such health gaps more evident than in the South, home to some of America’s poorest communities. These communities lack resources as basic as a clean environment, access to grocery stores, and safe streets. Their residents are exposed to multiple daily stressors and bear the burden of many chronic diseases.

Strategically located in the heart of the region, the UAB Minority Health & Health Disparities Research Center provides a critical connection between investigators and vulnerable populations. Our research and training programs enable young scientists to pursue research on health disparities, while our community outreach program identifies urgent health questions and needs and implements evidence-based strategies to reduce health disparities and promote health equity. The highlight of our work is the millions of underserved minority men, women, and children whose lives are impacted through our efforts.

There’s a problem in this country, and this city. African-Americans suffer from too many health issues at a far greater rate than other populations. We want to change that. Who are we? We’re a consortium of agencies working together to offer better food choices and fitness opportunities. Hopefully, we can help you change your habits. Peruse this site or visit our partners' sites to learn more.

UAB Minority Health & Health Disparities Research Center
We work to eliminate health disparities of racial and ethnic minorities locally, regionally and nationally.

REV Birmingham
We enable neighborhood stores to offer healthy food choices at a reasonable price.

United Way
Through our support of various organizations, we aim to support neighborhoods and communities in central Alabama.

Freshwater Land Trust
We provide access to open spaces throughout Jefferson County to connect residents with the outdoors and improve health.

Safe Routes to School
Sponsored in part by the United Way, we support behavioral and environmental changes to create a healthier community.

Jefferson County Department of Health
Through our revised childcare center regulations, we ensure that providers offer nutritious meals and physical activity.

Birmingham YMCA
We encourage good health and foster connections through fitness, sports and fun.

Birmingham Park and Recreation offers quality leisure service programs and open park space in a clean, courteous, efficient and safe environment.

Birmingham REACH for Better Health was made possible with funding from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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