Category: Health Care

Work Scheduled to Tear Down Cooper Green Parking Deck, Building New Clinic

Demolition of the old Cooper Green Hospital parking lot is expected to begin later this year or early next year to make way for building a new indigent care clinic in that location, officials with Jefferson County and the University of Alabama at Birmingham Health System announced Tuesday.

Designs for the new clinic, planned to be about 150,000 square feet, are being worked on, and those involved hope it will be ready to open in 2½ to 3 years, David Randall, chief strategy officer for the UAB Health System, said during a press conference.

The project is expected to cost between $55 million and $65 million, Randall said. Read more.

Children’s Well-Being in Alabama Improves but Still Lags Behind the Country

More of Alabama’s children have health insurance and are graduating high school on time, but many of them need more support in key areas such as math skills.

Alabama ranks 47th in the nation for children’s well-being, according to the 2021 Kids Count Data Book from the Annie E. Casey Foundation. Each year, the report tracks challenges facing kids and their families in all 50 states. It uses 16 indicators ranked across four areas, including health, education, economic well-being and family and community.

Alabama has generally improved over the last couple evaluations, making the top five in 2019 for children graduating on time and children with health insurance. The state has also improved or stayed the same in 14 of 16 indicators, but is still falling behind the rest of the country.

Alabama ranked lowest in the country for eighth-grade math proficiency, and the state performed worse on several health indicators. It saw more babies born with low birth-weights, and child and teen deaths increased from 37 in 2018 to 41 in 2019. Read more.

Low Likelihood of Matched Bone Marrow Donors Among African Americans

Finding a 100% bone marrow match is a challenge for most people with cancer, but it’s even more difficult if you’re Black.

Be The Match, the largest and most diverse marrow registry in the world, only carries 4% of their registry from African Americans. Research showed bone marrow matches are best among people of the same race and ethnicity.

This makes Black people far less likely to find a bone marrow match when searching for a cure for blood cancer.

Stephanie Jackson, an account manager with Be The Match, said African-Americans have an especially hard time matching with donors compared to whites.

“If you are Caucasian, and you do not have a match in your family, you have a 77% chance of finding a match,” Jackson said.

But for African Americans, that drops to 23%, because only a tiny fraction of registered donors are African American, Jackson said.
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