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The Alabama team was structured in two tiers: state and local. Working with lead physician, Dr. Marsha Raulerson in Brewton and East Brewton, the team reached out to physicians, nurses, nurse practitioners, health educators, dietitians, and other health care providers. The state team partnered with many local stakeholders, including school nurses, health department administration and staff, city council members, volunteer organizations, local school and Junior College administration, student representatives and parent/community representatives. Connections were made with the Escambia County Medical Society to inform them of the project and future collaboration opportunities.

Key Data

  • Phase 1 Target Population: Brewton and East Brewton, Escambia County, AL
  • Expanded Target Populations: Macon County, Houston County, and Walker County
  • Obesity Factsheets: Escambia County, Macon County, Houston County, Walker County
  • Brewton City Limits
    • Population: 5,498
    • Ethnic Distribution: 58% White, 40% Black/African American
  • East Brewton
    • Population: 2,496
    • Ethnic Distribution: 80.3% White, 17.1% Black/African American

Team and Partner Organizations

  • State
    • Project Lead: Miriam Gaines, MACT, RD, LD (email)
    • Leadership Team: Linda Lee, APR; Michael Jackson; Stacey Bryan, CAE; Helen Wilson, MS, RN; Julia Sosa, MS, RD
  • Local
    • Project Lead: Marsha Raulerson, MD, FAAP
    • Leadership Team: Amy Cooley; Stephanie Walker; Vivian Layton; Alline Manuel; Pauline Nelson
  • Key Partner Organizations
    • Alabama Chapter - American Academy of Pediatrics
    • Alabama Communities of Excellence
    • Alabama Cooperative Extension System
    • Alabama Department of Public Health
    • Alabama State Nurses Association
    • Brewton Area YMCA
    • Brewton City Schools and School Board
    • City of Brewton
    • Coalition for a Healthier Escambia County
    • D.W. McMillian Hospital
    • DuBois Institute
    • Escambia County Health Department
    • Jefferson Davis Community College
    • Retired Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP)
    • St. Stephen’s Preschool