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UT Appalachia Project Receives National Exemplary Designation from APLU

Lisa Davenport

Project leader Lisa Davenport won a 2015 Community Engagement Grant  for her team to develop and implement the WASH education and training program with the Red Bird Mission’s K-12 Christian School in Beverly, Kentucky.

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The Appalachia Community Health and Disaster Readiness and Relief Project was selected as one of UT’s Top 50 Partnerships That Makes a DIfference. 


The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, has been recognized nationally for a project designed to improve the wellness and disaster readiness of an Appalachian community in Clay County, Kentucky.

UT was one of only five schools to receive the C. Peter Magrath/W.K. Kellogg Exemplary Program designation this year. Sponsored by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation and presented jointly by the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities and the Engagement Scholarship Association, the exemplary designation recognizes universities’ extraordinary community outreach initiatives. The award region includes universities in the U.S., Canada, Mexico, U.S. territories and several countries in Africa.

Provost Susan Martin said it is an honor for UT to be recognized for efforts to become even more engaged with its communities.

“We have worked diligently to foster collaboration among our academic departments to provide students with opportunities to learn through service and gain hands-on real-world experience,” she said. “I congratulate the faculty and students involved in this project for the difference they have helped make in so many people’s lives.” Read more>>

The Appalachian Community Health and Disaster Readiness Project was nominated as a Partnership that Makes a Difference. Click here to read more.


The Appalachia Community Health & Disaster Readiness project is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under UD7HP26205 and Nurse Education, Practice, Quality, and Retention Inter-professional Collaborative Practice grant. This information or content and conclusions are those of the author and should not be construed as the official position or policy of, nor should any endorsements be inferred by HRSA, HHS or the U.S. Government.

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