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The Alabama Black Belt stretches from the Mississippi border through the heart of the state covering 19 counties across west and south Alabama. It is where some of the state's most significant historical events took place, from de Soto meeting Tuskaloosa to the birth of the Confederacy to the civil rights struggles in the 20th century.
Pick a grim statistic—poverty, infant deaths, poor education, births to single mothers, unemployment, gaps in health care—and you'll find the counties of Alabama's Black Belt at the top of each category.
Alabama's Black Belt is part of a region that is home to both the richest soil and the poorest people in the United States. It is an area where economic stagnation is common and small, dying towns dot the landscape. Insufficient health care and underfunded and understaffed schools are the norm.
Imagine walking into your favorite supermarket or retail store, clicking on your WebPhone, learning what products are on sale today, where they are located and how much they cost. It means just a few cents and some added convenience for you, but for an international organization like Procter & Gamble (P&G) using technology to direct consumers to their products is a new and significant step in the marketing process.
Children who grow up in the Black Belt and other parts of rural Alabama are not surrounded by many role models who work in science-related professions, says Dr. Martha Powell, professor and chair of biological sciences at UA. As a result, many of these students may not seriously consider a science career.
Many West Alabama children will get the medical care they need thanks to a partnership between The University of Alabama and Kid One Transport System. The partnership has provided $500,000 in federal funds to support the expansion of Kid One services in West Alabama.
In January 2003, Greensboro East High School became the first of three high schools in Alabama to begin teaching mathematics with computers and one-on-one tutoring when it opened its Math Technology Learning Center (MTLC), a facility modeled after UA's own Math Technology Learning Center in Tutwiler Hall.
Every day, at least eight million children and youth are left alone and unsupervised once the afternoon school bell rings. As more and more children grow up in homes with two working parents or a single working parent, today's families can benefit from the safe, structured learning opportunities that after-school programs provide.
Experts at The University of Alabama have joined with the Alabama Department of Transportation (ALDOT) to provide needed services across the state and in the Black Belt region.
When Dr. Margaret "Peg" Lyons talks with cancer patients about the emotional toll the disease takes on their lives, she brings a lot to the discussion. She has more than 20 years' experience as a hospital nurse, worked for a hospice agency, concentrated in psychiatric mental health nursing while earning her master's degree and she holds a doctorate in social work.
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