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Alabama Alliance

The Alabama Alliance to Transform the Health Professions (The Alabama Sullivan Alliance) aims to implement innovative models of recruitment and training in order to address the need for more racial and ethnic diversity among Alabama’s health professionals.

Fourteen colleges and universities – including many of Alabama’s Historically Black Colleges and Universities – participated in the official Memorandum of Understanding signing ceremony on January 11, 2013 at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB).

Alabama Sullivan Alliance

Alabama is among the twenty most diverse states in the nation, as African Americans, Hispanics/Latinos, and Native Americans constitute 32.5 percent of the state’s population.But these historically underrepresented minorities in medicine (URMs) constitute only 5.5 percent of the state’s active physicians (3.6 percent African Americans and 1.9 percent Hispanics). This is significantly lower than the 8.6 percent of URMs among physicians in the nation. In addition, a large number of medical professionals are reaching retirement age. More than one half of all actively practicing primary care physicians in Alabama are aged 50 years or more.

Dr. Ray L. Watts, President of UAB and Dr. Bill Harris, President of Alabama State University, served as co-chairs of the newly established The Alabama Sullivan Alliance, and Dr. Louis W. Sullivan serves as the Honorary Chair of the Alabama Alliance. 

Founding members of the Alabama Sullivan Alliance include:

Alabama A&M
Alabama State University

Auburn University

Birmingham Southern College

J. F. Drake State Technical College

Miles College

Lawson State Community College

Oakwood University

Selma University

Stillman College

Trenholm State Technical College

Troy University

Tuskegee University

University of Alabama


Initially, the Alabama Sullivan Alliance members are encouraging more minority students to enroll in UAB’s summer STEM programming. The Alabama Sullivan Alliance plan includes the development of deeper colloborations between and among participating schools and the various health professions tracks available to Alabama students. For more information, please contact Carlton Young, M.D at, 205-934-7975.

The University of Alabama at Birmingham offers numerous pipeline programs for students in middle school up to postgraduate level training. For more information, visit the HOPE (Healthcare Opportunities through Pipeline Education) Portal.