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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

MPH Students Represent Nationally at APHA

Three MPH second-year students presented their research at the American Public Health Association (APHA) Annual Meeting November 2-6, 2019 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The research presentations included: Mckenzie Gregg: physical activity prescription and referral in pediatric clinics, Kim Reid: chronic disease prevention training in medical education, and Emma Sampson: physical activity training in nursing programs. In addition, MPH second-year Zach Farley, an APHA Student Assembly Member, received the 2019 Annual

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

Community Partners offer MPH Students a variety of Experiences

UTC MPH students are required to complete two 30-hour ‘public health exposures (PHEs) as a part of their program of study. Through these experiences, our students observe and participate in public health settings across different sectors of our society. We value the role of our community partners and appreciate their support and commitment to help bridge instructional and experiential learning. After one year, our students have completed PHEs with

MPH Students Accepted to the TN AHEC Scholars Program

Congratulations to our MPH first year students who were recently selected as Area Health Education Centers (AHEC) Scholars – George Carpenter, Ryan Ledford, Rose Loesser, and Taylor Moore. The Tennessee AHEC Scholars Program is an interprofessional training opportunity designed to prepare a diverse, culturally competent health care workforce that is representative of the communities it serves. The two-year program includes 80 hours of didactic preparation on topics such as