Our Accomplishments

Projects that Impact the Community

  • The Foundation was a collaborator and writer on a breastfeeding grant with the University of Massachusetts to the Susan G. Komen Foundation. The Martin Foundation is also being courted by the American Heart Association to implement an innovative cooperative approach to the childhood obesity epidemic in Calhoun County.  Dr. Martin continues to represent the Martin Foundation in obesity at women's conferences across the U.S., utilizing excerpts from her self-published manual, It's Time to Roll the Stones Away.
  • On June 2, 2007, the Martin Foundation was awarded a grant by the West Anniston Foundation to screen children and adults for asthma, in the Anniston Housing Authority, which is located in the inner city of Anniston on the west side. This unique program, called VEASC, the Voice of Eczema, Asthma, and Smoking Cessation support group is a pilot program designed and implemented by the Executive Director, Dr. Angela Martin, to screen children and adults for asthma. With few smoking cessation support groups available locally, the program will utilize parents of asthmatics who have stopped smoking to assist others in eliminating the same risky behavior from their lives.

  • The VEASC program was the recipient of a larger federal grant to screen children for eczema, asthma, and allergies in each of the county school systems, the private schools, the home schools, and the three divisions of the Coosa Valley Detention Center. This grant, which started in September 2007 is a partnership with the Alabama Cooperative Extension Agency, a division of Auburn University and Alabama A&M. 

  • On June 21-23, 2007, a preliminary survey was handed out to members of the Calhoun County Training School Reunion in Hobson City to return by mail. This instrument was compiled by former environmental justice coordinator, Rev. Alberta McCrory (a board member), to view what former students who have left the community, want to see happen to their community.

  • In November 2007, Dr. Martin was awarded co-principal investigator on a health disparities research grant funded by the National Institues of Health.  The targeted audience for disseminating information about health disparities is the Talladega community, and partners include Talladega College and the Rocky Mount Baptist Church.  Over 800 citizens and students from the campus have participated and been impacted by various health topic discussions.
  • In July 1, 2008, the Martin Foundation was awarded a national grant by the American Academy of Pediatrics. The program called REACH, or Restoring Exercise to Anniston’s Children's Health was a successful intergenerational fitness/nutrition program serving the community in partnership with the Calhoun County Health Department and the Anniston Parks and Recreation Department.  Forty-eight adults and children who attended the program demonstrated significant weight loss, learned new sports, and reported developing a more positive outlook on life.
  • On September 11, 2008, the Martin Foundation was awarded a national grant by the Environmental Protection Agency. This competitive grant is being used to design a curriculum unique to the Anniston community involving lead, mercury, and poly-chlorinated biphenyls.