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UAB: Center for Study of Community Health Names Dr. Susan Davies as New Director Effective January 1, 2020

Dr. Susan Davies is a professor in the Department of Health Behavior at the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Public Health. Dr. Max Michael, emeritus professor and dean, Department of Health Care Organization and Policy, and the previous Principal investigator/director, will serve as associate director.

The UAB Center for the Study of Community Health was founded in 1993, the Center has been continuously funded as a CDC-designated Prevention Research Center and is currently one of 25 academic institutions across the U.S. that constitute the Prevention Research Center Network. The Center conducts applied public health prevention research, developing, testing and evaluating public health interventions for wide application, with a focus on reducing health risks among underserved populations throughout the state. The Center also plays a leading role in the development and support of community based participatory research at UAB. The Center is currently designated by UAB as one of 25 University-Wide Interdisciplinary Research Centers, a distinction it has held since the inception of the UWIRC program in 1997.

The 2019-2024 core intervention research project, CHEER (Community Health through Engagement and Environmental Renewal), was developed out of 12 months of meetings with city residents, who determined their key community needs as blight reduction and children’s future success.  CHEER builds on observational studies by the Center and others demonstrating that youth risk behaviors are associated with family and neighborhood adversities.

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