Oakwood University Breaks Ground on New Health Center
Posted By: Reggie Culpepper on June 26, 2020 |
by Maquisha Mullins, PhD, Interim Director, Oakwood University IMPR
Oakwood University Administrators, supporters and Huntsville officials gathered at the corner of Sparkman Drive and Bronco Circle on June 24, 2020, for a groundbreaking ceremony for the university's Community Health Action Center (CHAC). Special guests included Alabama Representatives Anthony Daniels (District 53) and Laura Hall (District 19); Huntsville Mayor Tommy Battle; Madison County Commissioner JesHenry Malone; Huntsville City Councilmen Devyn Keith and Will Culver; and Huntsville/Madison County Chamber of Commerce President Chip Cherry.
Since 2015, Oakwood University has operated a nationally-recognized Healthy Campus, Healthy Community initiative seeking to address community needs faced by residents in North Alabama through a collaborative, comprehensive and sustainable community-based approach to food and job insecurity.
The University looks forward to expanding its services and outreach through the Community Health Action Center and Mobile Food Pantry to provide health education and healthcare services related to hypertension, diabetes, and cardiovascular disease, and a pathway to job skills, education, and gainful employment.
“Vision 2020 anticipates the moment when our Community engagement through Service Learning would be concretized in a dedicated space that our community could see, touch, and experience. That day arrived on Wednesday, June 24. I am pleased, that through the efforts of many donors, we have taken the first step - groundbreaking - on this state-of-the-art center of influence and service in Northwest Huntsville,” said President Pollard.
Click here to see media coverage of the event by local CBS affiliate WHNT.
Construction on the new clinic will begin immediately and is anticipated to be completed by the Spring 2021
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