Blog Archives

Combating Childhood Lead Poisoning in Southside Chattanooga

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 to help affected residents of Southside Chattanooga clean up the contaminated soil and reduce the health hazard

MPH Students Summer 2019 Internships

This summer multiple MPH students served in prestigious summer internships for organizations across Tennessee and the United States. Locally, Shay Stutts was selected as an intern for the University of Tennessee Extension System and Shelby Souvannasing worked with the Tennessee Department of Health in Nashville. Nationally, Zach Farley worked in Rockville, Maryland for the National Cancer Institute as an intern through the NIH Summer Internship Program.

Student Awards and Highlights of 2019 Spring Achievements

The spring was a very eventful and successful semester. A number of our students attended conferences, presented oral and poster presentations, acquired new jobs, traveled abroad and, most importantly, demonstrated hard work and dedication to UTC and the Public Health program. Special congratulations to the following students who were recently commended for their service, leadership, and academic accolades. Health & Human Performance (HHP) Outstanding Student Award Zachary Farley (presented

Public Health Week

Each year National Public Health Week is celebrated during the first week of April. The event is organized by the American Public Health Association (APHA), a non-government professional association for public health professionals that prides itself on influencing federal policy and bringing together members from all fields of public health. Public health week recognizes the significant contributions and highlights important public health issues. The UTC Public Health Student Association

UTC Public Health Assists with Local RAM Clinic in Rhea County

A group of UTC Public Health students, staff and faculty volunteered at the Remote Area Medical (RAM) Mobile Clinic at Rhea County Middle School. The two-day RAM clinics are open to community members in need of free medical services including dental work, women’s health, eye exams, flu shots, general medical exams, among other services. The RAM clinics serve approximately 47,000 patients per year and provides more than $15 million

Delivering Free CDSMP in the Community!

Early in the 2019 spring semester, a group of our graduate students, faculty and staff completed the Chronic Disease Self-Management Program (CDSMP) Leader Training certification offered through our partnership with the Chattanooga-Hamilton County Health Department. A special thanks to our wonderful facilitators who led the four-day certification; Carleena Angwin, MFA, Public Health Educator at the Chattanooga-Hamilton County Health Department and Chelauna Sterling, MPH, Outreach Specialist at Primary Care and

Guest Speaker on the Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans

The Public Health program hosted a special lecture titled “Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans,” by Kenneth Powell, MD, MPH. Dr. Powell played an instrumental role in developing the 2008 Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans, and served as the co-Chair for the 2018 Physical Activity Scientific Advisory Committee, which provided the scientific evidence for the Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans, 2nd Edition in 2018. Dr. Powell is a renowned epidemiologist

Chronic Disease Self-Management Program Leaders

In partnership with the Chattanooga-Hamilton County Health Department, students in the public health graduate program received leader training and certification in the Chronic Disease Self-Management Program (CDSMP). The certification took place over four full day training sessions. The training was facilitated by two master trainers: Carleena Angwin, MFA, Public Health Educator at the Chattanooga-Hamilton County Health Department, and Chelauna Sterling, MPH, Outreach Specialist at the Primary Care & Hope

1st Annual Public Health Program Cultural Potluck

December 6, 2018. As the fall semester came to an end, the public health program hosted its 1st Annual Cultural Potluck in the lobby of the Metropolitan Building. The event was attended by public health faculty, staff, and students along with their families and friends to celebrate the cultural diversity of the program. Everyone brought in a traditional food and shared how the dish is important to their culture. The evening ended with an entertaining ‘White

Learners Participate in the 75th Annual Tennessee Public Health Association (TPHA) Conference

September 13, 2018. Ten of the 2020 Pioneers attended the 75th Annual Tennessee Public Health Association (TPHA) Conference in Franklin, TN. A special thank you to Kim Harrell for making it possible. Our learners presented their scholarly work, attended various workshops, networked with students and other public health professionals from all around the state. In addition, they had a special student-only session with the TN Commissioner of Health Dr. John

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