Alabama Attorney Wins National Award

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) -- Alabama attorney Stephen Black has been selected as one of 10 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.

Black 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 said Black's innovative work is having a major impact on the well-being of youngsters.

Black is director of the Center for Ethics and Social Responsibility at the University of Alabama.

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