The students involved with Equal Access Birmingham (EAB) are truly men and women of action doing important work in our community. A medical student-run initiative in the Office of Undergraduate Medical Education of the University of Alabama School of Medicine, EAB provides students with an opportunity to engage in hands-on experiences with the underserved and vulnerable populations of Birmingham—experiences that can have a lasting impact.
We are proud to support the expansion of EAB with our 2013 grant of $5,000. The grant is designed to provide additional primary medical services, patient health education, and social services at EAB’s student-run and student-staffed free clinic, located within the Church of the Reconciler (112 14th Street North) in Downtown Birmingham.
Together we are helping people lead healthy lives by improving access to care for vulnerable populations.
This clinic offers a tremendous opportunity for students to not only reinforce their skills and knowledge, but also learn about all of the administrative work of a clinic and most importantly about the longitudinal care of patients. The clinic also exposes students to clinical and socioeconomic factors that contribute to health disparities, which, in turn, accomplishes the larger goal of training future doctors to provide quality care for all individuals and continue to work in underserved communities into their careers.
One of the four primary services offered by EAB is free community health screenings. The next screening will be this Saturday, May 25 from 1 to 3:30 at the Church of the Reconciler, and will include blood pressure readings and blood glucose checks. In addition, physical therapy students will be on hand to offer foot screenings for diabetics and posture assessments.
The Community Foundation grant was made possible through Community Funds and additional donors through the Giving Together program. Learn more about this strategy to help people lead healthy lives or add your support to this effort by contacting Erin Stephenson. Contact Kathryn Corey to learn more about our Giving Together program.