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Prevention Plus Program to Combat Childhood Obesity

At Cherokee Health Systems (CHS), a federally qualified health center which provides integrated primary care to the underserved in East Tennessee, the prevalence of overweight and obesity in children aged 4 to 10 years is approximately 42%. Over 50% of households with children receiving care at CHS are food insecure, lacking in sources for affordable, healthy food. These children are at high risk for experiencing health disparities later in life.

Hollie Raynor

Raynor

Under the direction of Hollie Raynor, interim assistant dean of research and professor of nutrition, implementing “Prevention Plus” (PP) is recommended for childhood obesity treatment within a primary care setting.

“We have evaluated PP to determine the best combination of energy balance behaviors and frequency and mode of contact over six months, to optimize reductions in standardized body mass index (zBMI) in children aged 4 to10 years,” said Raynor.
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Honoring Life’s Journey: Community Partnership for End-of-Life Care in Rural Appalachia

Hospice care attends to patients and families during end-of-life. The care options duringthis challenging time include caring for the patient in a holistic manner using an interdisciplinary health care team to assist with pain and symptom management, psycho-social-spiritual care, medical equipment, medications, and bereavement support. Even though hospice care has been available in the U.S. for more than 40 years, many rural Appalachia families lack knowledge about its role in end-of-life care.
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2018-19 Community Engagement Incentive Grant Winners

As part of UT’s commitment to community engagement and the scholarship of academic outreach, five faculty and staff members have been selected to receive Community Engagement Incentive Grants through the Office of Community Engagement and Outreach.

These grants provide funding for proposals that enhance the public engagement mission of the university. They are allocated through a competitive annual process, subject to both academic and community peer review. Panelists’ decisions were based on the proposal’s benefit and impact on the university, community, academic scholarship, and sustainability.
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OCEO Leads Efforts to Strengthen Town and Gown Partnerships

Javiette Samuel, director of community engagement and outreach, Kelly Ellenburg, director of service learning, Laura Ketola, coordinator in the Center for Leadership and Service, and Mary Beth Browder, assistant director of internship development in the Center for Career Development

Ellenburg, Ketola, Samuel, Browser

As part of its strategic plan, the Office of Community Engagement and Outreach is working to strengthen “town and gown” partnerships—those that exist between members of a community near a university and the facutly, staff, and students of the university itself.

A UT leadership team composed of Javiette Samuel, director of community engagement and outreach, Kelly Ellenburg, director of service learning, Laura Ketola, coordinator in the Center for Leadership and Service,and Mary Beth Browder, assistant director of internship development in the Center for Career Development, will work with community leaders to identify resources and make them publicly available, share best practices and innovative solutions, and offer professional development opportunities for the local and campus communities.
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