Yearly Archives: 2020

Virtual Graduation Celebration

On May 12th, we honored the first UTC MPH program graduating class – the 2020 Pioneers! The virtual event included messages from our leadership, a keynote guest speaker, MPH faculty farewells, and an opportunity to highlight accomplishments and hear from each Pioneer. Although the official UTC spring 2020 commencement ceremony was postponed until August 7, our graduates deserved a special moment to celebrate the attainment of their MPH degree. The

Conducting Contact Tracing

To help mitigate the spread of COVID-19, the Chattanooga-Hamilton County Health Department collaborated with the MPH program to perform contact tracing on positive cases in Hamilton County. To date, 15 MPH students have contacted dozens of Hamilton County residents who have been exposed to a patient that tested positive for COVID-19. Contact tracing is an essential disease control measure employed by local and state health departments for decades (CDC). The

COVID-19 Resources for Local Latinx

Layra Navarro-Flores, MPH 2020 graduate, is passionate about helping the local Latinx community. Layra knew that the undocumented Latinx populations would be disproportionately affected by COVID-19 and sought out opportunities to partner with local organizations to address these disparities and the needs of this population. To accomplish her goals, Layra partnered with Bridge City Community Church and Tennessee United to disseminate vital information to the undocumented Latinx community as

Erlanger Health – Infection Prevention

Megan Sloan, MPH 2020 graduate, partnered with the Erlanger Health System’s Infection Prevention Department to track hand hygiene data for multiple Erlanger hospitals. This data is particularly important because it can relate to rates of hospital-acquired infections. Megan felt honored to partner with Erlanger Health System’s Infection Prevention Department for her Integrative Learning Experience (ILE). Among many other responsibilities, the department tracks hand hygiene data for multiple Erlanger hospitals. Megan came into the

Social Distancing Initiative

Three UTC MPH students collaborated with the Chattanooga-Hamilton County Health Department on a social media campaign to promote social distancing. The community-wide campaign uses the hashtag #AloneTogetherCHA on social media platforms including Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. Amid the public health pandemic of COVID-19, health professionals are urging community members to practice social distancing. Social distancing is the act of deliberately increasing the physical space between individuals to prevent the

Alone Together Challenge Video

Kimberly Reid, MPH 2020 graduate, created a video for the Alone Together Chattanooga social media campaign inspired by the #DontRushChallenge. A variety of Chattanooga residents participated in the video including UTC students and family, local NFL player, and YouTuber celebrities. The video is available in the Alone Together social media platforms and was also shared through the UTC social media handles. The UTC MPH Program is very proud of the work  our students have done

UTC News: MPH Students Conducting Contact Tracing

Every day, Jasmine Pulliam and Mary Ferris get on their phones and make a handful of calls. Each time, they ask the person on the other end a list of questions: How are you feeling today, well or unwell? Are you experiencing coughing? Are you having difficulty breathing/wheezing? Have you experienced fever, chills or body aches? What was your highest temperature in the last 24 hours? Do you have

Erlanger Health System’s Infection Prevention ILE Project

“For my Integrative Learning Experience (ILE), I was lucky enough to be able to partner with Erlanger Health System’s Infection Prevention department. Among many other responsibilities, the department tracks hand hygiene data for multiple Erlanger hospitals. This data is important because it can relate to rates of hospital-acquired infections. I came into the department right as they were transitioning to a new online database to track hand hygiene compliance,

Physical Activity & Nutrition After-School Program (MANE) at Orchard Knob

MPH faculty and students implemented the MANE (Methodical Approach to Activity and Nutrition Education) program at a local community elementary school in efforts to promote healthy lifestyles among children. Dr. Kara Hamilton, Dr. Shewanee Howard-Baptiste, and Professor Melissa Powell were awarded a $12,000 grant through the UTC Equity Fellows program. Their work focuses on advancing the design of a physical activity and nutrition program (MANE) using a Community-Based Participatory

Public Health & Occupational Therapy Collaboration

UTC Public Health and Occupational Therapy students partnered together as part of an interdisciplinary initiative to deliver the Matter of Balance (MOB) program. Public Health faculty member, Dr. Elizabeth Hathaway, partnered with Dr. Elicia Cruz and students from the UTC Occupational Therapy program as part of an interdisciplinary project to deliver an evidence-based program, MOB, throughout Chattanooga. MOB is an 8-session program, structured group intervention that emphasizes practical strategies