Dr. Dawn Ford and her team of second year MPH students, including Jaleesa Brumfield, Rosa Cantu, Zach North, and Kavina Patel, have been working diligently to raise awareness and test children for lead poisoning funded by the UTC Equity Fellows program. The team has been active in coordinating events across the community, including the Minority Health Fair & Cempa Health Fair, to help affected residents of Southside Chattanooga clean up the contaminated soil and reduce the health hazard caused by lead poisoning. These efforts have led to the collaborations with the EPA and UTC School of Nursing.


This past summer, Dr. Mark Stoutenberg received a Fulbright Scholar Award to work with Community Health Promoters (CHPs) in Johannesburg, South Africa. Dr. Stoutenberg spent two months working closely with colleagues from the University of Witswatersrand (Wits U) and the City of Johannesburg Department of Health. As a team, they explored ways to better train and prepare CHPs to provide physical activity and healthy eating guidance to patients seeking services at any of the City’s 82 community health clinics.