Meet the Alabama Vaccine Confidence Network’s Latest Partner – BUN
Birmingham United Neighborhoods (BUN) is a coalition of 8 neighborhoods, working with the UAB Center for the Study of Community Health since 2017 when they collaborated on plans for the 2019–2024 core research project, CHEER. BUN provides input to guide CHEER, and 2 representatives from BUN serve on the Center’s community participation Board (JCCPB), which advises on all of the Center’s research, translation, training, and service activities.
How We Work Together
In September 2018, the representatives of the eight neighborhoods who had worked with the UAB Center for the Study of Community Health decided to establish themselves as Birmingham United Neighborhoods, with a mission to improve neighborhood health through collaborative partnerships and projects. Rather than work separately on neighborhood issues, BUN decided to work collectively as a demonstration project to improve neighborhoods across the city. BUN identified environmental blight as its first are of focus and developed Magic City Blight Busters (https://www.blightbusters.co/) as a program to inspire and motivate residents to get more involved in reducing neighborhood blight and trash. BUN joined the VCN as an expansion of its involvement in community health initiatives to include a community-based COVID-19 response.