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UTC Scrappy Cupboard  

Are you a UTC student or know a UTC student that struggles with food insecurity? UTC’s Scrappy Cupboard was founded to address this issue. They provide emergency food assistance and referrals to all UTC students without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, pregnancy, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, physical or mental disability, or covered veteran status. Scrappy’s Cupboard can be found in the University Center through

MPH and Community Partner Activity 

Throughout the year, students work alongside community partners around Chattanooga and surrounding areas. These projects can last anywhere from a semester to a full year. One project that we want to showcase is the work that was done with CEMPA. Two students Abigail Hunt and Lindsey Farrell, who just graduated with their MPH degree this May, wanted to improve and expand health care access among underserved communities in Hamilton

MPH Health Education Initiative in San Salvador, Bahamas  

Eight of our MPH students had the special opportunity to provide health education for the San Salvador, Bahamas community in May! They spent 10 days on the island conducting different activities and projects for the members that live there. The students were able to provide nutrition education and how to grow their own herbs to elementary school students, spoke to over 80 community members at their planting for prevention event and conducted

MPH Alumni Spotlight- Jaleesa Brumfield  

Jaleesa J. Brumfield has lived in Chattanooga since 2000 and considers herself a native. She holds an Associates of Liberal Arts from Chattanooga State Technical Community College, a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Community and Public Health from Middle Tennessee State University and Masters of Public Health from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga and a host of public health related certifications. Jaleesa currently serves as the City of

UTC MPH Program Collaboration with Blue Zones Project in Chattanooga  

This year, Chattanooga community members and organizations came together to jump start the Blue Zones Project initiative. This project is to help areas around the world live longer and healthier lives and Chattanooga wants to become the first city in Tennessee to take this on. UTC MPH was more than thrilled to lend a helping hand to jumpstarting this project. The first step is to hold a community wide event

Faculty Spotlight: Dr. Amir Alakaam  

Dr. Amir Alakaam is the MPH Program Director and Associate Professor UTC Department of Health and Human Performance. Dr. Alakaam has over six years of clinical experience as a Medical Doctor in family medicine and general surgery, and about eight years of teaching and research experience in nutrition and public health. He holds a PhD in Nutrition and Food Systems from the University of Southern Mississippi, an MS in

PHSA Update: Public Health Week 2022 

This year, PHSA partnered with UTC’s Center for Student Wellbeing to provide campus with various events to promote healthy living and public health during National Public Health Week. This year’s theme was “Public Health Is Where You Are” so it was appropriate to bring public health to campus where our students are at! Every day during that week focuses on a different area related to health and wellbeing (racism, mental health,

Community Partner Spotlight: The Bethlehem Center

Josh R. Singh is the Director of Strategy & Growth at the Bethlehem Center and the Owner of Chattanooga Fitness Club. Josh was born in New York, NY, and raised in Queens and on Long Island. After four years of undergrad out of state, he followed his then-relocating parents to Atlanta in 2009. He moved to the greater Chattanooga area in 2017. At the Bethlehem Center, Josh is responsible