Alabama lawyer Stephen Black has been selected as one of ten people nationwide to receive the Community Health Leaders Award from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. The $125,000 award honors people who are tackling some of American’s most challenging health problems. Stephen was selected for starting FocusFirst in 2004. The program has provided eye screenings for more than 40,000 preschoolers in low-income areas throughout Alabama. About 5,000 children have failed the vision screenings and been referred to follow-up care. Award manager Janice Ford Griffin says that Stephen’s innovative work is having a major impact on the well-being of youngsters. Currently, he is director of the Center for Ethics and Social Responsibility at the University of Alabama.
Source: Associated Press
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