UAB signs proposal for a healthier public
Posted on Mar 05, 2013 in News
The City of Birmingham and the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) took a major step toward smarter, healthier, and more sustainable development with the Feb. 27, 2013 signing of a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to partner on projects such as energy efficiency and city planning that accounts for a more “liveable” city.
“Everyone wants to have a smart city,” Birmingham Mayor William Bell said at the signing ceremony in UAB’s Alumni House. “We want to create a green city with bike paths and proper sidewalks. We are beginning that process tonight,” he said.
UAB President Ray L. Watts said, “There is no question that the success and vitality of UAB is inextricably linked to the success and vitality of Birmingham. UAB has a role to play in community service, and we want to make sure that the breadth and depth of UAB’s expertise is brought to bear to help our community.”
UAB School of Medicine’s Minority Health and Health Disparities Research Center (MHRC), will conduct the bulk of work under MOU.
“In order for cities like Birmingham to play a role in improving the health of its citizens, we have to think in innovative ways,” Fouad said. “We have to include engineering to help us design, businesses for business development, policy makers and health practitioners,” he included.
Watts described a healthier city as one that is also economically stronger.