The Center for the Study of Community Health depends heavily on strong community engagement – collaboration, partnership, and participation of individuals and agencies – for our service, education, and research activities. From 1999 to 2009, the Center’s core research projects were conducted in the Alabama Black Belt, and the Center worked with a community participation board that is now incorporated as the West Central Alabama Community Health Improvement League (WCACHIL). The Center continues to develop and support the WCACHIL partnership, and WCACHIL continues to serve as a community liaison for several Center-based community education and research projects as well as projects with other UAB entities and other institutions. Such long-term partnerships demonstrate how communities and academic researchers can work together effectively to gain, translate, and apply knowledge for public health promotion and chronic disease prevention.
The purpose of JCCPB is twofold: first, to provide guidance to the Center for the Study of Community Health in regards to its research, education, and service efforts, and second, to facilitate coordination and communication between similar entities at UAB and in Birmingham in ways that can enhance the overall effectiveness of each. The activities of JCCPB and the Center are based on principles of community-based participatory research (CBPR) as defined by the CDC:
CBPR is a joint effort that involves researchers and community representatives in all phases of the research process. The joint effort engages community members, employs local knowledge in the understanding of health problems and the design of interventions, and invests community members in the processes and products of research. In addition, the collaborative is invested in the dissemination and use of the research findings to improve community health and reduce health disparities.
JOINT WORK WITH ONE GREAT COMMUNITY
While there are a number of advisory committees at UAB that serve to solicit community guidance, there is little communication between these committees (except perhaps where there is an overlap in membership) and certainly there is very little coordination of efforts. JCCPB, while expressly organized to guide the specific activities of the Center for the Study of Community Health, is also dedicated to provide a mechanism to establish greater communication and collaboration between similar committees across UAB and the broader community. To that end, JCCPB has been meeting jointly since 2013 with One Great Community, the community board of UAB’s Center for the Clinical and Translational Science.
MEETINGS AND ACTIVITIES
There are 4 meetings annually of JCCPB, and 4 additional “joint” meetings annually of JCCPB with One Great Community (OGC). JCCPB and OGC joint activities include an annual Community Engagement Institute.
According to its Bylaws, JCCPB has up to twenty-five members, who represent a broad cross-section of our urban community including health and social service agencies, educational institutions, civic and neighborhood organizations, city and county government, and religious organizations. Members serve a 2-year term, with opportunity for nomination for additional 2-year terms. In addition to a Chair and Co-Chair, members are elected to represent the Center on the CDC Prevention Research Center (PRC) Program’s Community Committee.
|Bryn Manzella Chair||Jefferson County Department of Health|
|Maxine Starks Immediate Past Chair||First Baptist Church Fairfield / Congregations for Public Health|
|Sheila Tyson Representative to PRC Community Committee||Jefferson County Commission District 2|
|Virginia Volker||Crestwood South Community Neighborhood|
|Amy Chatham||UAB Office of Service Learning|
|Jan Bell||Children’s Policy Council of Jefferson County|
|Lynne Eskridge||UAB Comprehensive Sickle Cell Center|
|Carolyn Foster||Greater Birmingham Ministries|
|Rev. James Gibson||Congregations for Public Health|
|Dorothy S. McAdory||Congregations for Public Health|
|Kadie Peters||United Way of Central Alabama|
|Edwin Revell||City of Birmingham Department of Planning, Engineering, & Permits|
|Charlie L. Williams||Birmingham United Neighborhoods|
|Keith O. Williams||Birmingham United Neighborhoods|
|Mark Wilson||Jefferson County Department of Health|