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TNIPH Awarded NNPHI Grant

Ginny Kidwell

The Tennessee Institute of Public Health (TNIPH) at the East Tennessee State University College of Public Health has been awarded a grant from the National Network of Public Health Institutes with support from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to advance health systems transformation. 

In partnership with the Healthy Appalachia Institute (HAI) at the University of Virginia’s College at Wise, TNIPH will develop a consensus definition of population health in northeast Tennessee and southwest Virginia and recommend strategies for inclusion in healthcare plans. Stakeholder engagement will assist regional social welfare and healthcare agencies to come together to support a common agenda. All elements will feed into a roadmap for a collaborative network to improve the health of the population in the region. 

The project, Phase 2 of State Forums to Advance Health Systems Transformation, will include the formation of an advisory board, a community stakeholder survey, community stakeholder meetings, and a regional health forum to report project results to the community and to plan next steps. The community mobilization advisory board (CMAB) will be charged with developing recommendations for establishing sustainable collaborations between key agencies in multi-sectors in northeast Tennessee and southwest Virginia. 

The project team is represented by faculty and staff from TNIPH, the ETSU College of Public Health and HAI and includes Ginny Kidwell, Dr. Bill Brooks, Paula Masters, Kris Bowers and Margie Tomann with the goal of identifying ways to bridge some of the on-going efforts to improve health in the region.    

“We are excited about how this project aims to advance collaboration among the public health and health care sectors in a way that is unique to this region. This will allow us to work with stakeholder representatives to find ways to improve health systems transformation in northeast Tennessee and southwest Virginia,” said Ginny Kidwell, TNIPH executive director. 

Building on the health priorities identified through joint efforts of ETSU, Mountain States Health Alliance, Wellmont Health Systems and other regional partners, it is hoped that this effort will help to improve health outcomes for people from across the region.

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