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This statewide inventory of Community-Based Research and Service Projects is being provided as part of the mission of the Tennessee Institute of Public Health to  facilitate and promote health education, research, practice, and policy analysis. Categories of this inventory are based on those of "Healthy People 2010". The inventory will be updated biannually so that the work being done in Tennessee to improve the health status of our citizens can be visible and shared. To include research activities that do not appear on this site, please complete the attached form and submit to Cindy Chafin, Project Director, at for inclusion in the next update.

I. Access to Quality Health Services

  • Evaluation of Tennessee Clinical Placement System
  • Memphis Area Legal Services Justice Dept Grant Evaluation
  • Vine School Health Center
  • Head Start Physical Examinations
  • Assessment of Cultural Competency of Dental Students and Faculty at the UTCD
  • A Multi-Perspective Analysis of the Tennessee Health Care Safety Net
  • A Multi-Perspective Analysis of the Tennessee Health Care Safety Net
  • A Multi-Perspective Analysis of the Tennessee Health Care Safety Net
  • Refining Telephone Intervention for Persons with Schizophrenia
  • Self-assessment of Health in African American Faith-based Communities in Knoxville
  • Developing Disaster Life Support Training for Families at Risk
  • Community Partnerships for Health Professions Education includes multiple faculty-supervised student interdisciplinary research projects
  • Health Status of Boat Captains and Pilots
  • Exploring Correlations between Satisfaction with Life, Integrity and Perception of Health among United Methodists
  • Health Literacy and Completion of Advanced Directives
  • S.M.A.R.T. Moms: Smart Mothers are Resisting Tobacco
  • Patterns & Predictors of non-Adherence to Medical Appointments for Persons with HIV/AIDS in an Urban Minority Community Outpatient Clinic

II. Arthritis, Osteoporosis, and Chronic Back Conditions

  • Arthritis Foundation Exercise Program
  • Tai Chi
  • Arthritis Self-Help Program
  • Osteoporosis Education

III. Cancer

  • Oral Cancer Research and Education
  • Oral Cancer Research and Education
  • Tennessee Comprehensive Cancer Control Project and Coalition
  • Providers' Perspectives of Cancer for Rural Appalachian Women
  • Breast and Prostate Cancer Treatment Decision-Making in Rural Appalachia: Perspectives from Physicians and Patients
  • Experience of Siblings of Patients with Fanconis Anemia
  • Utilization of Stem Cell Transplantation for Fanconis Anemia
  • Appearance Focused Intervention to Prevent Skin Cancer
  • Evaluating Optimal Methods for UV-Risk Assessment
  • Team Up TN: Reaching Rural Appalachian Women with Breast

IV. Chronic Kidney Disease

V. Diabetes

  • Self-assessment of Health in African American Faith-based Communities in Knoxville
  • Diabetes Management in an Appalachian Indigent Clinic
  • Addressing Diabetes through the Use of Promotoras
  • Community Capacity and Diabetes Care: Appalachian Hispanics
  • Dining with Diabetes
  • Using Focus Groups to Identify Acquired and Desired Health Information in Minority Women with Diabetes
  • Using Focus Groups to Identify Acquired and Desired Health Information in Minority Women with Diabetes

VI. Disability and Secondary Conditions

  • Nurturing Faith: Parents or Caregivers Experiences of Seeking Formal Religious Education for Their Children With Disabilities
  •  What its like to be me: The Lived Experience of Children & Adolescents With Special Needs
  • Developing Disaster Life Support Training for Families at Risk
  • Spinal Cord Injured Patients' Perceptions of Patient Handling and Movement Activities
  • ASSESS: Aspergers Syndrome and Special Ed Services

VII. Educational and Community-Based Programs

  • Coordinate Community Response to Domestic Violence
  • Coordinate Community Response to Domestic Violence
  • Memphis Area Legal Services Justice Dept Grant Evaluation
  • Operation Safe Community / Crime initiative DV subsection
  • CONNECT PROJECT: Testing the Effectiveness of Telephone Support for Dementia Caregivers
  • Vine School Health Center
  • Infant Brain Bags
  • Prenatal Brain Bags
  • Memphis Special Olympics Special Smiles Program
  • Assessment of Cultural Competency of Dental Students and Faculty at the UTCD
  • Determining the Readability Levels of Patients Limited Reach Media Used in an Academic Institutions Outreach Effects
  • Tennessee Comprehensive Cancer Control Project and Coalition
  • Good Health Looks Good: Folic Acid Every Day Girl Scouts and Beyond
  • Health Care Career Map
  • Refining Telephone Intervention for Persons with Schizophrenia
  • Self-assessment of Health in African American Faith-based Communities in Knoxville
  • Developing Disaster Life Support Training for Families at Risk
  • The Case for Peer Teaching: Implications for Nursing Education
  • The Value of Classroom Research
  • Novice Nursing Students' Thinking when responding to NCLEX-type Examination Questions
  • Community Funded Youth Led Tobacco Project
  • Community Capacity and Diabetes Care: Appalachian Hispanics
  • Exercise and Nursing Students: Do They Mix?
  • Use of the Trinity Paradigm
  • Nursing Students' Perceptions of Culture and Its Importance to Nursing Practice
  • How Do We Make Connections: Exploring Techniques and Strategies Used by Nursing Students to Learn New Concepts
  • Exploring Nursing Students' Perceptions of Spirituality and its Importance in Nursing
  • Assessing the Effectiveness of Physical Exercise in Enhancing First Year Nursing Students' Overall Health
  • Comparing Nursing Faculty and Nursing Students' Thoughts and Feelings about the Dress Code in the Clinical Setting
  • Learning Orientation in Clinically Experienced and Inexperienced Nursing Students
  • Outcomes of Inter-Professional Educational Collaboration
  • Comparison of Methods of Teaching Communication to Interdisciplinary Students
  • Community Funded Youth Led Tobacco Project
  • Development and Testing of an Evaluation Instrument for Newman-based Programs
  • Critical thinking development in Baccalaureate Students
  • Comparison Study of Healthy Ovulatory Women and Women with PCOS
  • Community Partnerships for Health Professions Education
  • Study Health Effects and Associated Population Trends and Outcomes Impact
  • Rural Domestic Preparedness Consortium
  • The Reliability and Validity of the Sense of Coherence Survey among United Methodists
  • Exploring Correlations between Satisfaction with Life, Integrity and Perception of Health among United Methodists
  • Health Literacy and Completion of Advanced Directives
  • A School-Based Strength Training Intervention at the Discovery School at Bellwood
  • Increased Self-efficacy as an Outcome of SCUBA Training for College Students
  • S.M.A.R.T. Moms: Smart Mothers are Resisting Tobacco
  • Setting Performance Standards

VIII. Environmental Health

  • Refining Telephone Intervention for Persons with Schizophrenia
  • Genetic Testing for Beryllium Worker Knowledge, Beliefs and Attitudes

IX. Family Planning

X. Food Safety

XI. Health Communication

  • Coordinate Community Response to Domestic Violence
  • Faith-based Domestic Violence Training Initiative
  • Faith-based Domestic Violence Training Initiative
  • Operation Safe Community / Crime initiative DV subsection
  • Determining the Readability Levels of Patients Limited Reach Media Used in an Academic Institutions Outreach Effects
  • Statewide Assessment of Nurses Continuing Education Needs
  • Relationships between masters Entry Students learning characteristics and student performance and satisfaction in an online learning course
  • Cooperative M-Learning with Nurse Practitioner
  • Usability testing of web based modules
  • Usability testing of web based modules
  • Refining Telephone Intervention for Persons with Schizophrenia
  • Self-assessment of Health in African American Faith-based Communities in Knoxville
  • Community Partnerships for Health Professions Education includes multiple faculty-supervised student interdisciplinary research projects
  • Worksite Health Literacy: Navigating Your Healthcare System
  • Using Focus Groups to Identify Acquired and Desired Health Information in Minority Women with Diabetes
  • Using Focus Groups to Identify Acquired and Desired Health Information in Minority Women with Diabetes
  • Patterns & Predictors of non-Adherence to Medical Appointments for Persons with HIV/AIDS in an Urban Minority Community Outpatient Clinic

XII. Heart Disease and Stroke

  • Self-assessment of Health in African American Faith-based Communities in Knoxville

XIII. HIV

  • Patterns & Predictors of non-Adherence to Medical Appointments for Persons with HIV/AIDS in an Urban Minority Community Outpatient Clinic
  • Active Illicit Drug use with HIV disease Progression in an Urban Community Outpatient Clinic

XIV. Immunization and Infectious Diseases

XV. Injury and Violence Prevention

  • Coordinate Community Response to Domestic Violence
  • Faith-based Domestic Violence Training Initiative
  • Memphis Area Legal Services Justice Dept Grant Evaluation
  • Operation Safe Community / Crime initiative DV subsection
  • Death Scene Investigation Project
  • Be Poison Safe Tennessee
  • Personal Health Risks and Work-related Musculoskeletal Injuries

XVI. Maternal, Infant, and Child Health

  • Coordinate Community Response to Domestic Violence
  • Faith-based Domestic Violence Training Initiative
  • Operation Safe Community / Crime initiative DV subsection
  • Vine School Health Center
  • Head Start Physical Examinations
  • Infant Brain Bags
  • Prenatal Brain Bags
  • Pediatric National Certification Study
  • Good Health Looks Good: Folic Acid Every Day Girl Scouts and Beyond
  • Functional Status during Pregnancy and Post-Partum: Pilot Appalachian Site
  • Longitudinal Examination of the Influence of Hyperandrogenism, Obesity and Infertility on the Psychosocial Health and Well-Being of Women with Polycystic Ovary Syndrome
  • ASSESS: Aspergers Syndrome and Special Ed Services

XVII. Medical Product Safety

  • Childhood Experiences of Incarcerated Male Child Sex Abusers
  • Be Medwise Tennessee

XVIII. Mental Health and Mental Disorders

  • Coordinate Community Response to Domestic Violence
  • Faith-based Domestic Violence Training Initiative
  • Evaluating the Benefits of a Critical Incident Paper in within a Baccalaureate Psychiatric Nursing Course
  • Refining Telephone Intervention for Persons with Schizophrenia
  • Reflection of Incarcerated Female Child Sexual Abusers: An Etiological Exploration of Abuse Precursors
  • TNPAP Evaluation
  • Neurobiology of Impulsive Aggression
  • The Reliability and Validity of the Sense of Coherence Survey among United Methodists
  • Exploring Correlations between Satisfaction with Life, Integrity and Perception of Health among United Methodists

XIX. Nutrition and Overweight

  • Memphis Area Legal Services Justice Dept Grant Evaluation
  • Operation Safe Community / Crime initiative DV subsection
  • Member The Health Loop Shelby County HealthCare Network
  • Member Shelby County Regional Health Council
  • Vine School Health Center
  • Head Start Physical Examinations
  • A Multi-Perspective Analysis of the Tennessee Health Care Safety Net
  • A Multi-Perspective Analysis of the Tennessee Health Care Safety Net
  • A Multi-Perspective Analysis of the Tennessee Health Care Safety Net
  • Assessment of Cultural Competency of Dental Students and Faculty at the UTCD
  • Good Health Looks Good: Folic Acid Every Day Girl Scouts and Beyond
  • Refining Telephone Intervention for Persons with Schizophrenia
  • Self-assessment of Health in African American Faith-based Communities in Knoxville
  • Longitudinal Examination of the Influence of Hyperandrogenism, Obesity and Infertility on the Psychosocial Health and Well-Being of Women with Polycystic Ovary Syndrome
  • Comparison Study of Healthy Ovulatory Women and Women with PCOS
  • Death Scene Investigation Project
  • Womens Preventive Services in Rural Health Clinics
  • Community Partnerships for Health Professions Education includes multiple faculty-supervised student interdisciplinary research projects
  • A Study of Enhanced Nutrition Education on Serum Albumin Levels
  • An outcome-based action study on changes in fitness, blood lipids, and exercise adherence based on the disconnected values model.
  • Effect of an intervention on replacing negative habits with positive routines for improving full engagement at work: A test of the disconnected values model.
  • Effectiveness of motivational interviewing techniques on changes in fitness, blood lipids, and exercise adherence of police officers: An outcome-based action study.

XX. Occupational Safety and Health

XXI. Oral Health

  • Oral Cancer Research and Education
  • Memphis Special Olympics Special Smiles Program
  • Assessment of Cultural Competency of Dental Students and Faculty at the UTCD
  • Determining the Readability Levels of Patients Limited Reach Media Used in an Academic Institutions Outreach Effects
  • Tobacco Cessation

XXII. Physical Activity and Fitness

  • Operation Safe Community / Crime initiative DV subsection
  • Self-assessment of Health in African American Faith-based Communities in Knoxville
  • Arthritis Foundation Exercise Program
  • Tai Chi
  • Walk Across Tennessee
  • Functional Fitness Program: Master Your Body
  • Health Status of Boat Captains and Pilots
  • Effect of an intervention on replacing negative habits with positive routines for improving full engagement at work: A test of the disconnected values model.
  • Effectiveness of motivational interviewing techniques on changes in fitness, blood lipids, and exercise adherence of police officers: An outcome-based action study.
  • An outcome-based action study on changes in fitness, blood lipids, and exercise adherence based on the disconnected values model.
  • A School-Based Strength Training Intervention at the Discovery School at Bellwood
  • Increased Self-efficacy as an Outcome of SCUBA Training for College Students
  • Validation of the Actiheart Monitor for the measurement of physical activity
  • Setting Performance Standards
  • Personal Health Risks and Work-related Musculoskeletal Injuries

XXIII. Public Health Infrastructure

  • Memphis Area Legal Services Justice Dept Grant Evaluation
  • A Multi-Perspective Analysis of the Tennessee Health Care Safety Net
  • A Multi-Perspective Analysis of the Tennessee Health Care Safety Net
  • A Multi-Perspective Analysis of the Tennessee Health Care Safety Net
  • Health Care Career Map
  • Death Scene Investigation Project
  • Community Capacity and Diabetes Care: Appalachian Hispanics

XXIV. Respiratory Diseases

XXV. Sexually Transmitted Diseases

XXVI. Substance Abuse

  • The Meth Epidemic: Implications For Practice
  • Active Illicit Drug use with HIV disease Progression in an Urban Community Outpatient Clinic
  • Patterns & Predictors of non-Adherence to Medical Appointments for Persons with HIV/AIDS in an Urban Minority Community Outpatient Clinic

XXVII. Tobacco Use

  • Tobacco Cessation
  • Tennessee Comprehensive Cancer Control Project and Coalition
  • Community Funded Youth Led Tobacco Project
  • Effect of an intervention on replacing negative habits with positive routines for improving full engagement at work: A test of the disconnected values model.
  • S.M.A.R.T. Moms: Smart Mothers are Resisting Tobacco

XXVIII. Vision and Hearing

XXIX. Disparities

  • Diabetes Management in an Appalachian Indigent Clinic
  • Addressing Diabetes through the Use of Promotoras
  • Breast and Prostate Cancer Treatment cision-Making in Rural Appalachia: Perspectives from Physicians and Patients
  • Appalachian Center for Translational Disparities search
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