UAB gets $300K anti-smoking grant
The March of Dimes Foundation has awarded the University of Alabama at Birmingham a $300,000 grant to help rural Alabama residents not to smoke cigarettes.
The three-year grant will help support research and innovative programs aimed at preventing premature births, birth defects and other serious health problems, according to the foundation. UAB will train 75 rural family practice physicians, their staffs and more than 360 third-year medical students to encourage patients to quit smoking.
"It is especially meaningful because the money was raised by volunteers across the country through WalkAmerica," says Lesa Woodby, Ph.D., research assistant professor with UAB's Department of Family and Community Medicine. She is also associate director for education and evaluation with the Birmingham VA Geriatric Research Education and Clinical Center.