David L. Albright, Distinguished Research Professor and the Hill Crest Foundation Endowed Chair in Mental Health Research, has been appointed by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine to the Committee on Progress towards Human Health and Community Resilience in the Gulf of Mexico Region, which includes Alabama, Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Texas.
Specifically, the committee will:
- Review major efforts (past or present), common challenges, and/or key priorities in health and community resilience across the five Gulf of Mexico states;
- Identify major challenges or critical gaps (e.g., in research, data/information, planning, policy) that could be addressed to advance health and community resilience in the Gulf of Mexico region, including potential innovative or transformative approaches;
- Develop an approach that could be used to assess the progress of health and community resilience across the Gulf of Mexico region over time through future studies in this series; and
- Consider opportunities that could lead to significant progress in enhancing or improving health and community resilience across the Gulf of Mexico region.
Dr. Albright has served on multiple National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine study committees. He is the Principal Investigator of VitAL, which is a community engaged research, implementation, and training and education initiative working towards improving the health and wellbeing of the citizens of Alabama. The VitAL team currently works with community stakeholders across all of Alabama’s 67 counties. Dr. Albright is a fellow of the American Academy of Social Work and Social Welfare.