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RPCGB partners with UAB faculty to acquire grant to promote health equity

March 2, 2016

The Regional Planning Commission of Greater Birmingham (RPCGB) has received a $45,000 grant from the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) to promote health equity across neighborhoods in the City of Birmingham. The grant is the result of teamwork between the RPCGB and the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB): including RPCGB’s Senior Planner Mikhail Alert, and Director of Economic Development Yvonne Murray, as well as UAB researchers TaShauna U. Goldsby, PhD, Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Nutrition Sciences and Office of Energetics (pictured); Nyesha C. Black, PhD, Visiting Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology; and David Hooks, MPA, Director of Innovation at UAB’s Edge of Chaos. The award—part of an endeavor by the Health Impact Project, which is a collaboration of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (the nation’s largest charitable organization focused exclusively on health) and Pew Charitable Trusts—will benefit 23 local communities, in an effort to address the social determinants of health such as transportation challenges and high crime rates. In addition to receiving technical training, RPCGB will obtain instruction on how to utilize a Health Impact Assessment (HIA)—in order to assess the possible effects that a plan, project, or policy may have on health prior to implementation—and other means of calculating “the health implications of civic planning efforts and local economic development initiatives.”