The DuBois Institute for Entrepreneurship, Inc. (DuBois) is a 501 ( c ) 3 non profit established in 2006. DuBois has a history of conducting small business symposiums, we encourage community gardens as a community development strategy and serve as a strong advocate for improving public health policy. Our primary focus has been in the area of tobacco use prevention and childhood obesity.
Our mission is to "encourage education and entrepreneurship as a success and empowerment strategy to mitigate poverty. "
We believe that poverty is the underpinning of disparities in society and in most cases acts as a multiplier in numerous key prevalence rates (unequal access to health-care, education, and chronic diseases) among those folks living in low socio-economic neighborhoods :
• Nearly one in five Alabamians live below the federal poverty line.
• The gap between Alabama's richest and poorest families is the second largest in the nation.
• Alabama ranks 42nd in the nation in per capita income
• Nearly 60 percent of the state's income gap can be attributed to our high school drop- out rate, which was 41.4 percent in 2007
• Alabama is the second most obese state in the country.
• The high poverty rate leaves our children with no way out. The number of children living in poverty is double or triple the adult rate. There are families, indeed there are communities in poverty and it is the most vulnerable members of families and communities that feel the greatest impact of poverty-children and young people.

Adults clearly have responsibility for making healthy life choices for themselves and their families, and typically this responsibility begins with awareness of the benefits and risks of particular behaviors. But being able to make these choices depends on the physical and social conditions at home, in neighborhoods, at school and at work. For example, a person's ability- and motivation- to be physically active, eat a healthy diet and avoid smoking and excessive drinking can be diminished by living in a neighborhood that lacks safe places for physical activity, where there are liquor stores but no grocery stores (or the lack of transportation to get there) and where intensive tobacco and alcohol advertising is prevalent.

Children who grow up in neighborhoods with a high rate of poverty were more likely as adults to experience problems in the labor market even if their families were not poor. The concentration of poverty magnifies its impact on families and children. While being poor has many negative consequences, living in a poor neighborhood increases the chances that children will have poor educational outcomes, individuals will be victims of crime or involved in the criminal justice system, be obesity, or be a teen mother or have limited access to health service .
Child poverty in Alabama is a significant public health concern. Because child development during the early years lays the foundation for later health and development, children must be given the best possible start in life. Family income is a key determinant of healthy child development.

Poverty Statistics 2007 From U.S. Census

 Populations Dothan
 All Residents 18.5 %
 Whites 8.5 %
 Blacks 36 %
 Indians 20 %
 Asians 8 %
 Latino 38 %
 Other Races 40 %
 All Children 30.9 %
 Non High School Grads 49.3 %
 15 Year Old Males 39 %
 15 Year Old Females 51 %

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