Church & Community Events

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DRA, HRSA Funding Opportunity for Rural Health Workforce Training
The Delta Regional Authority (DRA), in partnership with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), today announces the Notice for Funding Opportunity for the Delta Region Rural Health Workforce Training Program to support education and training for future and current health administration professionals in the rural counties and parishes of the Mississippi River Delta and Alabama Black Belt regions. The Delta Region Rural Health Workforce Training Program addresses the ongoing need in rural healthcare facilities for trained administrative support or business operations professionals through the development of strategic networks that support recruitment, formal training, certification, and placement of students. The program will support training in the following critical administrative support occupations: medical coding and billing, claims processing, information management, and clinical documentation. Eligible applicants include domestic public, private, and non-profit organizations, including tribes and tribal organizations, faith-based and community-based organizations, and accredited domestic institutions of higher education including public and/or private non-profit educational entitites, such as four-year colleges and universities, community colleges, technical colleges, vocational schools, Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), Hispanic Serving Institutions (HSIs), and Tribal Colleges and Universities (TCUs) located within the eight-state DRA region. HRSA will be sharing more information about the new program during a technical assistance webinar on Mon., June 14, at 2 p.m. Registration is not required, but those interested in applying for the program are encouraged to attend. For more information and to apply, view the Notice of Funding Opportunity on grants.gov. All applications must received by Fri., July 9, 2021.
Jesus Jam, Inc., Presents Summer Gospel Concerts
All events are free. For more information contact Don Wallace 205-345-5595. July 11 at 6 p.m. The Nelons at Moundville Methodist Church, 61 Market St., Moundville; July 18 at 6 p.m. Wilbrun & Wilburn Exodus at Taylorville Baptist Church, 7201 Moundville Ln., Tuscaloosa, (a portion of offering will benefit Children’s Hospital); July 25 at 6 p.m. LeFevre Quartet Moundville Baptist Church, 150 5th Ave., Moundville. Sponcers are Don Wallace, Moundville Ace Hardware, Pickens County Primary Care and Cypress Supply.
ADPH Office of HIV Prevention and Care observes National HIV Testing Day
More than 1.2 million people in the U.S. are living with Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV), but one in six are not aware that they are positive. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends all Americans between the ages of 13-64 get tested for HIV as part of their routine health care. Early diagnosis and treatment extend life and help prevent the spread of HIV. National HIV Testing Day is held annually on June 27. The Alabama Department of Public Health, Office of HIV Prevention and Care, is promoting its Know. Manage. Live.campaign. This slogan represents an HIV awareness strategy focused on testing and prevention, treatment and healthier living. It is important that all individuals learn the facts, get tested, and take action to protect themselves and their partners. This year, the National HIV Testing Day theme is “My Test, My Way,” emphasizing that there are different ways and places to get tested for HIV. The theme provides opportunities to talk about the testing options available. HIV testing is easy, fast, confidential and safe. For more information about HIV free testing and other resources, visit https://www.alabamapublichealth.gov/hiv/index.html.
Red Cross
Make your appointment to give blood, platelets or plasma with the Red Cross by downloading the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting RedCrossBlood.org, calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or enabling the Blood Donor Skill on any Alexa Echo device. The American Red Cross is experiencing a severe blood shortage as the number of trauma cases, organ transplants and elective surgeries rise and deplete the nation’s blood inventory. Donors of all blood types, especially type O and those giving platelets, are urged to make an appointment to give as soon as possible to prevent delays to critical patient care. Tuscaloosa: 6/23: 1 p.m. – 5 p.m., Cyrpress Inn- Pavilion, 501 Rice Mine Rd. N.; 6/25: 11 a.m. – 3 p.m., Holy Spirit Catholic Church, 733 James I Harrison Jr. Pkwy.;6/30/2021: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., University Mall, 1701 E. McFarland Blvd.

Virtual Grant Seekers Workshop for the 2021 BBCF Community Grant Cycle
Calling non-profit organizations based in and serving the Alabama Black Belt to join us for a Virtual Grant Seekers Workshop for the 2021 BBCF Community Grant Cycle. Non-profit organizations and groups with a fiscal sponsor in the following counties are eligible to apply: Bullock, Choctaw, Dallas, Greene, Hale, Lowndes, Macon, Marengo, Perry, Pickens, Sumter, and Wilcox. A total of five workshops have been scheduled starting June 17-29. All the workshops will be hosted via Zoom Video Conferencing. All participants are required to register and attend at least one virtual workshop using the one of the following links below. Once the registration has been completed, participates will receive the virtual meeting Zoom link. The virtual workshop schedule is listed below: Thurs., June 17 at 6:00 p.m. registration Link: http://bit.ly/617BBCFRegistration Workshop Link: https://zoom.us/j/99584876097; Mon., June 21 at 3 p.m. registration Link: http://bit.ly/621BBCF registration Link: https://zoom.us/j/95355274459; Tues., June 22nd at 3 p.m. registration link: http://bit.ly/622BBCFRegistration workshop link: https://zoom.us/j/95355274459; Thurs., June 24 at 6 p.m. registration link: http://bit.ly/624BBCFRegistration workshop link: https://zoom.us/j/97908043212; Tues., June 29 at 6 p.m. registration wink: http://bit.ly/629BBCFRegistration workshop link: https://zoom.us/j/91356888378. Topics of Discussion: Community activities in the Black Belt area; Updates from the Black Belt Community Foundation; New Grant Management Software Demonstration; Community Grant Cycle and Process. For More Information Contact: Christopher Spencer at cspencer@blackbeltfound.org, 205-499-8924 or Erica Williams at ewilliams@blackbeltfound.org, 334-874-1126 ext. 111.
Black Belt Community Foundation Announces the 2021 Community Grant Cycle
The Black Belt Community Foundation is announcing its 2021 Community Grant Cycle. Community-based organizations from Bullock, Choctaw, Dallas, Greene, Hale, Lowndes, Macon, Marengo, Perry, Pickens, Sumter, and Wilcox Counties are encouraged to apply. The BBCF invites organizations based in and serving Alabama’s Black Belt to apply for one-year grants for community-led activities. Grant awards will range from $500 to $3,000. The BBCF supports community efforts that will contribute to the strength, innovation, and success of Black Belt citizens and communities. BBCF seeks organizations engaging the Black Belt citizens in addressing community issues. In this round, grant awards will be available for project focusing on: Community Economic Development that builds and strengthens community. Education which focuses on reading literacy. Health with an emphasis on healthy living, nutrition, and physical activity. While following the CDC recommendations, the BBCF will host five Virtual Grant Seeking Workshops for the organizations who are interested in applying for a 2021 Community Grant. Attendance at one of the virtual workshops is mandatory to be considered for a 2021 Community Grant. The Virtual Grant Seeking Workshops will be held via Zoom on the following dates: Zoom, Thurs., June 17 from 6-7 p.m.; Zoom, Mon., June 21 from 3-4 p.m.; Zoom, Tues., June 22 from 3-4 pm.; Zoom, Thurs., June 24 from 6 a.m.-7 p.m.; Zoom, Tues., June 29 from 6-7 p.m. Please contact Christopher Spencer at 205-499-8924 (cspencer@blackbletfound.org) or Erica Williams at 334-874-1126 ext. 111 (ewilliams@blackbeltfound.org) for more information about the workshops. The grant application link will be available at each virtual workshop and Black Belt Community Foundation’s Facebook page. Grant applications are due on or before 12 p.m. (Noon) Central Time on Mon., July 12. Follow Black Belt community developments and more online at www.blackbeltfound.org and via our social media outlets at BBCF Facebook, Instagram, Youtube Channel, or Twitter.

School Events

UA to Hold Summer Commencement July 31
The University of Alabama will hold summer commencement ceremonies Saturday, July 31, at Coleman Coliseum on the UA campus. More than 1,000 candidates are expected to be in attendance for two ceremonies. Ceremony times for each college and school include: 8:30 a.m.: Capstone College of Nursing, College of Communication and Information Sciences, College of Education, Culverhouse College of Business. Noon: College of Arts and Sciences, College of Engineering, College of Human Environmental Sciences, School of Social Work, College of Community Health Sciences. The summer 2021 ceremonies will follow a modified model UA used to facilitate safe and successful commencement exercises last August, December and May. One important distinction is that no tickets will be required for guests and there are no limits to the number of guests a graduate can invite. Guest groups are to remain 3 feet apart. Face coverings are required for everyone attending the event who is not fully vaccinated. Graduates and guests who need face coverings should bring their own. Hand sanitizing stations are provided throughout the coliseum, and the venue will be cleaned and sanitized between both cere More information, including live and recorded webcast details, an interactive campus map, parking information, lodging details, graduate profile stories and fast facts about the 2021 summer class can be found on UA’s commencement website. Commencement information can be heard on UA’s radio station, 92.5 FM.

Empowering Girls for Life
ESPN sportscaster Jessica Mendoza, Paralympian Victoria Arlen, Olympian Ashleigh Johnson and Netflix Emily’s Wonder Lab host Emily Calandrelli will headline the fourth annual “Empowering Girls for Life,” a free event to be held virtually. Empowering Girls for Life is committed to shifting the perception that women do not have the ability or opportunity to achieve as much as their male counterparts. By creating channels to meet, interact with and learn from diverse, high-profile women, Empowering Girls for Life aims to inspire and enable personal and professional success for girls and women everywhere. The free virtual program will start at 8:30 AM CST and a complete schedule of events will be released in July. To register or to get more information, go to: www.empoweringgirlsforlife.com. The entire event can be viewed until September 26th with registration. Attendees can choose to watch one or multiple speakers throughout the two weeks that the event will be available. All registrants will have access to an exclusive virtual swag bag as well as the ability to engage with sponsors.

Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library
Success By 6 of United Way of West Alabama is proud to provide Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library books FREE to children ages birth to 5 years old in Greene, Hale, Marengo, Pickens, Sumter, and Tuscaloosa counties. Once a month, your child will receive a new book by mail. You only need to do two things: register your child and pledge to read the books to him/her. Please, climb on board Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library! Since UWWA launched the Dolly Parton Imagination Library: 13,467 children have participated in the program in Greene, Hale, Marengo, Pickens, Sumter, and Tuscaloosa Counties. 10,427 children have “graduated” from the program. 443,856 books have been delivered to children in West Alabama. Sign up at https://imaginationlibrary.com/check-availability/

UA TO HOLD SUMMER COMMENCEMENT JULY 31 – More than 1,000 degree candidates are expected to participate in two summer commencement ceremonies on July 31, at Coleman Coliseum. The ceremonies will follow a modified model UA used to facilitate safe and successful commencement exercises last August, December and May. One important distinction is that no tickets will be required for guests and there are no limits to the number of guests a graduate can invite. Guest groups are to remain 3 feet apart. Face coverings are required for everyone attending the event who is not fully vaccinated.
UA OFFERS RURAL STUDENTS INSIGHT TO HEALTH CARE PROFESSION – High school students and recent graduates from rural Alabama are participating in annual programs this summer at The University of Alabama where they learn about the need rural communities have for more doctors and other health care professionals. Through the Minority Rural Health Scholars Program and Rural Health Scholars Program, both part of the UA College of Community Health Sciences, 27 high school students and recent graduates spend five weeks on the UA campus taking college courses for credit and learning how to prepare to enter health professions education and training. For more information, contact Leslie Zganjar, UA College of Community Health Sciences, at lzganjar@ua.edu.
NEW UA CENTER TO FILL NEED FOR UNDERSTANDING WATER SECURITY – As global demand for water increases alongside a predicted decrease in water quality and availability, The University of Alabama is taking a leadership role to ensure the nation can better manage risks to the water supply and withstand future water disruptions through the Global Water Security Center. For more information, contact Adam Jones, UA Communications, at 205-348-8328 or adam.jones@ua.edu.
NATIONAL AWARDS FOR EARLY CAREER RESEARCH GO TO FOUR UA PROFESSORS – Four professors at The University of Alabama have received national recognition early in their careers for leading-edge research that will advance knowledge and enhance the educational experience. The National Science Foundation selected the four professors for a CAREER Award, one of the nation’s most prestigious recognitions of top-performing young scientists. The grants allow each researcher to train and motivate a new generation of scientists and engineers not only at UA through instruction and hands-on lab work, but also through outreach efforts to schools and the community. For more information, contact Adam Jones, UA Communications, at 205-348-8328 or adam.jones@ua.edu.
MOUNDVILLE’S SATURDAY IN THE PARK RETURNS – UA’s Moundville Archaeological Park’s Saturday in the Park returns this summer to provide a series of demonstrations and presentations related to Native American culture, archaeology, natural history, sustainable gardening and more. The June 26 event will feature tools and weapons with Bill Skinner. Saturday in the Park takes place each Saturday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. For more information, visit the Moundville Archaeological Park website.
CLIMATE CHANGE A FACTOR IN WESTERN HEAT WAVE – A scorching heat wave in the western United States is part of a trend of intensifying heat waves in a warming climate. Research by Dr. David Keellings, assistant professor of geography at The University of Alabama, has shown heat waves are becoming larger while also becoming more severe over the last 60 years, and recent UA research indicates significant increases in heat waves across the United States during the last four decades. “These patterns of increased size, magnitude and duration are happening much more frequently,” Keellings said. “Climate change is definitely a factor. We can’t say that it caused this event, but it certainly makes it much more likely to happen and likely increases the magnitude of the event.” Keeling is currently in Europe, but available for interviews at djkeellings@ua.edu.