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In recognition of World TB Day, The Jefferson County Department of Health Tuberculosis Program will offer     Free TB Skin Testing Friday, March 22, 2019                    Time: 8:00 am-3:00 pm                                                     Address: 1400 6th Avenue South, Specialty Clinic,         Lower Level, Birmingham, 35233                                       Phone: (205) 930-1570

Anyone can get TB. People with TB disease can be found in every state; in rural areas and cities; in schools, workplaces, homes; and in many other places where people are in close contact.

TB is preventable and curable. Yet, too many people in the United States still suffer from this disease.

Latent TB infection is a condition in which a person is infected with the TB bacteria, but does not currently have active TB disease and cannot spread TB to others. However, if these bacteria become active and multiply, latent TB infection can turn into TB disease.


Please join the JCDH TB Program in recognizing World TB Day. March 24th commemorates Dr. Robert Koch’s announcement of his 1882 discovery of the Mycobacterium tuberculosis bacillus.  The theme for this year’s commemoration is It’s Time. This year’s theme challenges Tuberculosis programs globally to define just what it is time to do to effectively end TB in our communities.  Consequently, the CDC Division of Tuberculosis Division suggests that it is time for a number of events to happen: It’s time to : 1) End the stigma surrounding Tuberculosis.  Anyone can get TB.  People with tuberculosis disease can be found in every state, county (whether rural, suburban, or inner city), in schools, workplaces, and homes.  2) Expand testing and target populations that are at greatest risk of infection such as the homeless whether in or out of shelters, persons recently released from incarceration, and those who are Immuno-incompetent particularly with diagnoses of HIV, certain cancers, or diabetes.  3) Treat Latent Tuberculosis Infection. Thirteen million people in the United States have been diagnosed with latent TB infection. Treatment for latent TB is recommended but individuals may opt not to be treated. However, if latent TB infection goes untreated, the risk is greater for eventual development of active disease. Jefferson County continues to maintain fewer numbers of active TB casesi.e.18 cases (2.7 cases /100,000 people) treated in 2018 vs. 37 cases (5.6/100,000) treated in 2009. This TB program realizes that It’s Time to ELIMINATE TB in Jefferson County.  Our challenge still is encouraging providers to stress the importance and benefits of treating those patients with latent TB infection.

To learn more about Tuberculosis, click on the links below:

Please welcome our new Board of Health member, Kenny Murray, MD, MPH.

Dr. Murray is a hospitalist at St. Vincent’s East where he serves as Medical Director for TeamHealth Hospital Medicine and Medical Director for the Palliative Care program. He also serves as clinical faculty for the Brookwood Baptist Health System Internal Medicine Residency Program. He attended Birmingham-Southern College, completed his medical degree at UAB School of Medicine, and received his Master of Public Health from the UAB School of Public Health. His clinical interests include sepsis, quality/process improvement, and palliative care. Dr. Murray says he is "super excited" to join our Board.

Dr. Max Michael has rolled off of the Board of Health, and Dr. Yocunda Clayton will be serving as the Board Chair for 2019.

You can view the bios and pictures of all our Board of Health members, along with the Board meeting agendas and minutes, on our website:

The South East Lake Collective brings together community-based assets for building concrete pathways where women can thrive and lead productive lives. The Collective’s Women’s Worth Program is an innovative visioning and planning partnership between Promoting Empowerment and Enrichment Resources, Inc. (P.E.E.R. Inc.), Urban Collective and the National Hook Up of Black Women (NHBW). The Collective is creating a pathway to employment for 10-14 women by providing mentors, access to educational and employment opportunities, personal development classes and enrollment in a job certification program in the South East Lake area of Birmingham. This project is a strategic initiative developed by Gregory C. Townsend, MPPM, a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Culture of Health Change Leader (CoHL) and funded by the foundation. The Women’s Worth Program is removing stigmas and creating opportunities for women to see their potential for building a culture of change in their community.


Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day

4.20.19 - 8am-12pm or until capacity is met

Site 1:

7100 Aaron Aronov Drive Fairfield, AL 35064

(Old Wal-Mart)

Site 2:

7952 Crestwood Blvd. Irondale, AL 35210

(Habitat for Humanity/ReStore and Alabama Appliance)

Items collected will include:

  • Electronics
  • Paper shredded Onsite
  • Pesticides, Herbicides and Fertilizers
  • Household cooking grease
  • Paint
  • Tires
  • White goods
  • Prescription drugs
  • Ammunition
  • Batteries

Jefferson County Residents Only

Verification of Residency Required

(valid driver license or photo ID with address)

No Businesses Allowed to Participate

by UAB School of Public Health

Friday, December 7, 2018

Bryn Manzella, MPH, has been selected as the 2018 Alumna of the Year for the UAB School of Public Health. She earned her Masters in Public Health with a concentration in Health Behavior in 1985. She has since held several leadership positions in quality and process improvement in local area hospitals. For the past 8 years, she has served as Director of Quality Improvement for the Jefferson County Department of Health (JCDH). In this role, part of her responsibilities include: guidance of the Health Action Partnership of Jefferson County, management of the academic health department activities, development and maintenance of the Community Health Assessment and Community Health Improvement Plan for Jefferson County, and accreditation support. When asked what she loves the most about her job, she replied "knowing that downstream what I do helps improve the lives of those who live, learn, and work in Jefferson County, Alabama."

Throughout her career, Bryn has stayed connected to the School in a multitude of ways; serving as a preceptor for MPH students, guest lecturing, collaborating with faculty members on academic research, and supporting school networking opportunities with the Jefferson County Department of Health. She currently serves as the inaugural Chair of the School of Public Health Alumni Advisory Board and has served for the past two years. Dr. Martha Wingate, Interim Chair of the Department of Health Care Organization and Policy, states "not only has she worked to strengthen the School’s alumni and student population, but she also has collaborated with our faculty and staff to enhance the academic-practice partnership with the School and JCDH through various presentations and publications."

As nominator, Dr. Pete Ginter, former Interim Dean and current Interim Chair of the Department of Environmental Health Sciences, said "Bryn has been a long-time passionate supporter of the School of Public Health, has made significant contributions to the health of Jefferson County over the past 30 years, and has contributed to the public health literature."

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