Today, U.S. Rep. Terri Sewell, AL-07, will hold two press conferences to announce a total of $9.2 million in federal funding that she secured for the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) School of Nursing and the Bessemer Police Department.
The first conference will take place at 10 a.m. CST, where Rep. Sewell will join the Dean of the UAB School of Nursing and the Director of the Nurse-Family Partnership (NFP) of Central Alabama to present a check for $8.8 million over a five-year period from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) Integrated Maternal Health Services Program. With this funding, the UAB School of Nursing will partner with the NFP of Central Alabama to increase access to maternity care and improve maternal health outcomes in underserved communities in Alabama.
The second conference will be held at 1:45 p.m. CST, where Rep. Sewell will be joined by the City of Bessemer and the Bessemer Police Department to present a check for $406,200 from the Department of Justice’s Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) program towards implementing co-response teams (CRT). The funding will enable Bessemer Police Department to collaborate with mental health professionals to provide immediate response and crisis intervention services to individuals experiencing a mental health crisis, reducing negative interactions between police officers and those in need of help, promoting community trust and enhancing public safety in Bessemer city