A Transformation of Health Care

College of Community Health Sciences

The goal of the College of Community Health Sciences is to become:

  • the best family medicine training program in the country;
  • the best clinical training site for medical students;
  • an example of how to provide high-quality, patient-centered health care in a busy clinical setting;
  • a nationally recognized center for training of physicians for practice in rural Alabama;
  • and a leading center for research as it applies to our rural and primary care mission.

The end result will be a significant contribution to helping Alabama become a state where health care rankings are viewed with the same pride as our athletic rankings.

In order to reach this vision, the college needs a state-of-the-art medical training facility and an outstanding faculty. We now have the facility we need. Recruiting exceptional faculty is the biggest challenge. Financially, the college cannot compete with private practice or medical institutions that focus on research and thus receive large amounts of grant money. Our greatest campaign need is to endow chairs, professorships, and fellowships to help recruit and retain the outstanding faculty needed to turn the vision into a reality.


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Riley Lumpkin, M.D.

"The College of Community Health Sciences has earned my loyalty for educating medical students and family practice physicians who are encouraged to provide health care to all Alabamians in both rural and urban areas. I am proud to report that one out of every seven family physicians practicing in Alabama graduated from this College."

Riley Lumpkin, M.D., Campaign Steering Committee Chair

Dean Eugene Marsh, M.D.

"I believe that our College represents the future of family medicine, and is poised to make a larger impact on health care in this state than any other factor. We are positioned to be leaders in what I feel is inevitable….a major transformation in health care over the next 5 to 10 years."

Dean Eugene Marsh, M.D.