Alabama United, Communities Against COVID
Alabama United is a program funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to reduce health disparities among underserved and rural populations of Alabama. #NOWINCLUDED is proud to be the community engagement and communications partner of this program. As the pandemic continues, many Alabamians have been unable to access ample testing and health services to maintain quality of life.
Alabama United, in partnership with #NOWINCLUDED, Alabama AHEC, and the University of Alabama in Birmingham, has made immense strides in providing adequate testing and COVID-19 educational materials to the residents of Franklin, Clarke, and Clay counties. Based on an evaluation performed by UAB, these counties are at very high risk for COVID outbreaks, and their residents are more likely to have poor outcomes from the disease than neighboring areas.
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Although the attention of the public has shifted away from testing in favor of vaccination, institutional health organizations such as the CDC, WHO, and the NIH have stated that frequent testing is effective in reducing the likelihood and severity of outbreaks. Frequent testing also helps health officials identify which areas need more support and resources during an outbreak.
To learn more about Alabama United’s efforts to fight the pandemic, visit our project page here.