2018 Phase I Grant Recipients

On June 6, 2018, Trinity Health Foundation of East Tennessee awarded 22 area organizations more than $200,000 in grants for this year’s Trinity Health Foundation Phase I awards. These grants will be used to plan community health-related projects that will compete for Phase II implementation grants later this year. More than fifty proposals were received from regional nonprofits and were ranked on impact and merit by the Trinity board. Issues addressed include access to medical/dental care, healthy life choices, mental health and addiction recovery and family strengthening. These groups will use the Phase I funding to research and plan details for project operations and sustainability culminating in a proposal for consideration of Phase II implementation funds.

This year both large organization and small organization grants are being awarded. Eleven Phase I large grants and eleven small grants will go to nonprofits across the community. This year’s recipients and their projects include:

2018 Phase I Small Grant Awards (up to $5,000)

Centro Hispano de East Tennessee Centro Hispano’s Latino Promotora Program

Community Coalition against Human TraffickingNon-traditional Therapies for Survivors of Human Trafficking

COMPASSion CounselingMental Health in Rural Areas

East Tennessee Health Information NetworkPreventing Unnecessary Hospital Readmissions through Provider Alerting

Fountain City United Methodist ChurchCelebrate Recovery-North

Free Medical Clinic of Oak RidgeImplementation of ADA standards for Diabetes Care

Girl Talk, Inc.Girl Talk Life Prep Academy

Nourish KnoxvilleEast Knoxville Farmer’s Market

Street Hope TNNavigating the Digital World Project

The PhiladelphiansHELP House Study

Vet to Vet TennesseeVeteran/First Responder QPR Suicide Prevention

2018 Phase I Large Grant Awards (up to $15,000)

Boys and Girls Clubs in TennesseePrevention Works:  A Youth Opioid Prevention Program

East Tennessee Children’s HospitalPediatric Pulmonary Rehabilitation

Emerald Youth FoundationCommunity Transformation in Lonsdale

Helen Ross McNabb CenterConsultation Psychiatry within an Emergency Department Model

Knoxville Leadership FoundationBehavioral Health Treatment for At-risk 16-24 Year Olds in KnoxWorx

Remote Area MedicalFree Dental, Vision and Medical Clinic for Grainger County

St. Christopher Truckers Relief FundDiabetes Prevention Program

The University of Tennessee Medical CenterTrauma Survivors Network-Peer Visitor Program for Trauma Patients and Families

Volunteer Ministry CenterThe Shadow of Homelessness -The Under the Bridge Phenomenon

YMCA of East TennesseeKnoxville Aquatic Alliance

YWCA of Knoxville and the Tennessee ValleyHealthy Girls Today, Strong Families Tomorrow


To read more about the 2018 Phase I SMALL Grant Recipients, click on Initiatives below:

  1. Access to Care

    Organization: Centro Hispano de East Tennessee

    Project Title:  Centro Hispano’s Latino Promotora Program

    Latino immigrants are underserved by the healthcare system because of factors such as poverty, lack of insurance, and language, educational, and cultural barriers. These barriers to access to healthcare are more prevalent among Latino adults than children. This project will focus on helping Latino immigrants to obtain preventative health education and empower them to take responsibility for and control of their healthcare needs. A trial investigation during Phase I will clarify strategies and techniques, but our initial plan is to concentrate on prevention/early detection of cervical and breast cancer and adult vaccinations. We concentrate on preventative health care among women and vaccinations because resources are available, men are more difficult to reach with health care messages, and this focus will result in greater impact per dollar spent.

    Centro’s program proposes the use of Spanish-speaking promotores (lay public health workers) to educate members of the Latino immigrant community about health issues and how low-income families can obtain healthcare in Knoxville. We have already identified several potential promotores from our community who have experience as healthcare providers in their countries of origin. The proposed Phase II program would include two promotores who will spend 15 hours per week with clients, a program coordinator who will spend 12 hours per week coordinating with healthcare providers, managing the promotores, planning outreach and, with the help of a 10-hour-per-week clerical assistant, arranging community outreach, publicity, appointments, and transportation.

    Claudia Caballero and Jacquie Padilla, Centro Hispano de East Tennessee

  2. Healthy Life Choices

    Organization:  Girl Talk

    Project Title:  Girl Talk Life Prep Academy

    The Girl Talk Life Prep Academy will increase girls’ readiness to succeed in life. There is a large gap in the social sector where kids receive services until they turn 18, but don’t receive adequate preparation for life & the challenges that comes with it. The Girl Talk Life Prep Academy will prepare high school juniors & seniors for college, career, & life, through weekly sessions each semester. We will cover topics on: College & Career exploration/preparation, College LIFE, Career LIFE, & General LIFE Prep (transitioning into becoming an adult, becoming financially stable, finding housing, etc.).

    We will also offer a Summer internship. Each girl receives a mentor to help her make positive choices. We are requesting funding for pilot costs, including labor and travel to see model programs. Our partners will consist of banks, businesses, organizations, churches, and post-secondary institutions. We will increase the number of girls graduating from high school, decrease the teen pregnancy rate, and increase the number of girls who are ready to succeed in life. We will measure the number of girls enrolled in our program that are graduating from high school, getting pregnant at an early age, who participate in a work readiness skills program, and enrolling in post-secondary education compared to their peers in Knox Co.

    Our efforts will be sustained through our funding model used for building a self-sustaining, individual giving program. We have also worked to increase our organizational capacity by focusing on board & program development, recruiting volunteers, & strategic partnerships.

    Denetria Moore and Cammy Kromer, Girl Talk


    Organization:  Nourish Knoxville

    Project Title:   East Knoxville Farmer’s Market

    Nourish Knoxville’s staff has a 15-year history of cultivating healthy communities by supporting relationships between local farmers, producers, and the public by managing markets and mentoring farmers’ markets across Tennessee. We plan to partner with East Knoxville community members to launch a pilot farmers’ market in East Knoxville to supply the area with much needed fresh fruits and vegetables. According to the Food Trust, half a million Tennesseans live in food deserts and lack access to healthy food options, especially fresh fruits and vegetables. While Knox County is a thriving, urban area, some communities, including East Knoxville along Magnolia Ave, are deemed food deserts. To address this issue, our market will ensure visitors have options for desirable fresh fruits and vegetables in their community. The market will be created, managed, and maintained by community partners with technical assistance and program management from Nourish Knoxville. We plan to make the market accessible to low-income community members by accepting SNAP and WIC Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program (FMNP) vouchers, and include programming such as our Kids Power of Produce (POP) Club.

    Charlotte Tolley and Kimberly Pettigrew, Nourish Knoxville

  3. Mental Health and Addiction Recovery

    Organization:  Community Coalition against Human Trafficking

    Project Title:  Non-traditional Therapies for Survivors of Human Trafficking

    Traditional therapies can fail to fully meet the unique, individual health needs of human trafficking (HT) survivors. The proposed program would equip HT survivors in our community with coping mechanisms, creative outlets, and avenues of improved health by targeting substance abuse, depression, suicidal tendencies, PTSD, anxiety, and other co-occurring health issues through nontraditional modalities such as trauma-informed yoga, art therapy, and equine therapy.

    The CCAHT thus requests funding to research and plan a non-traditional therapy program for its clients. Funds will be used to send direct care staff to investigate best practices in therapy provision; conduct site visits to agencies with relevant programs; vet local practitioners of non-traditional modalities; and consult with attorneys to develop MOU contracts. The CCAHT anticipates reaching approximately 50 new HT survivors annually through this program (in addition to the ongoing support that this program will provide to existing clients)

    With access to non-traditional therapies, our clients can reclaim their mental, emotional, and physical health and acquire the tools needed to maintain good health even after graduating from our program, ultimately decreasing their risk for re-victimization. These changes will be measured through careful data collection and documentation via monthly goals assessments, quarterly CANS-CSEbased assessments, and CORE-OM surveys. Official therapy practitioners and providers would be vetted as part of the phase I research and planning process. Multi-year funding from the Tennessee Office of Criminal Justice Programs (VOCA), United Way, and the Haslam Family Foundation/Pilot Flying J supports direct services initiatives of the CCAHT.

    Kate Truddell and Shantel Standefer, Community Coalition Against Human Trafficking


    Organization:  COMPASSion Counseling

    Project Title:    Mental Health in Rural Areas

    At COMPASSion Counseling (CC), we pride ourselves on providing counseling, fostering resilience and promoting mental health. This is a legacy that we wish to continue while shifting our focus to individuals with depression who are without appropriate support or resources to thrive. As statistics show, depression, addictions, and suicide have been significant problems within our nation, particularly with those who don’t have access to resources and live in rural areas. At CC, we believe that by providing resources through evidence based online psychotherapy, with the exception of first and last sessions, we will be able to help alleviate this dilemma and provide quality services to individuals without them having to experience the stigma associated with receiving mental health services, traveling long distances, and by giving them much needed support.

    CC will begin research on providing evidence based psychotherapy services to persons with depression who live in rural areas within Blount County, TN. If granted this amount, after the appropriate research of successful programs (Telepsychology-Service Delivery for Depressed Elderly Veterans (DEV) and Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center) and continuous consulting with our partners, Porter Elementary and Compass Ambassadors, CC is hoping to serve 75 to 100 individuals during the first year of the implementation of the project and 200 to 250 people annually. Beck Depression Inventory will be utilized strategically throughout the client’s treatment, along with the Likert depression scale and Subjective reporting, to measure the impact and success that these services are having on this population.

    Greta Smith and Judy Halterman, COMPASSion Counseling


    Organization:  Fountain City United Methodist Church

    Project Title:  Celebrate Recovery-North

    Our Celebrate Recovery averages 175 to 200 people at our service each week. In addition to our worship and 9 open share groups, we also have a wonderful program for children that are living in the realities of a home with an addictive parent. This ministry within our Celebrate Recovery is called “Celebration Place”. Each week, we are blessed to invest two hours into an average 20 children from the age of 5 to 14. Our hope and dream is to add another group to focus on our teenagers. This program within Celebrate Recovery is called “The Landing”.

    Mary Slack and John Gargis, Fountain City United Methodist Church


    Organization: Vet to Vet Tennessee

    Project Title:  Veteran/First Responder QPR Suicide Prevention

    Vet to Vet Tennessee’s (VTVT) initiative is designed to prevent the most preventable cause of death: suicide. VTVT  has fostered suicide prevention for the past four years and has one QPR Suicide Prevention Gatekeeper certified instructor who has trained over 400 first responders, faith-based organization members and veterans in Question, Persuade, Refer (QPR) Suicide prevention. Veterans are the highest risk group of suicide; at least 20 veterans die by their own hand each day.

    During a Congressional hearing on September 27, 2017, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Office of Inspector General (VAOIG) stated “The data showed that an average of 20 veterans died by suicide each day, 6 of the 20 were recent utilizers of VHA services—in the year of their deaths or the previous year.” 70% have not used VA services. VAOIG Daigh concluded “Strategies that envision extending VHA’s efforts to prevent suicide to those veterans who do not receive care through VHA.”,

    Our mission has always been to extend our efforts to those veterans who do not receive care through the VA. Even though the program has earned an A+ rating, we have only reached 400 individuals. Therefore, our strategy is to the increase the number of certified QPR Gatekeeper instructors.

    Under this proposal the VTVT Treasurer will receive his QPR Master Trainer certification who will then train 10 QPR Suicide Prevention Gatekeepers. Vision is to train over 2,000 in three years. Program is free to the public.

    Vern Vargo and Ed Junod, Vet to Vet Tennessee

  4. Family Strengthening

    Organization:  Street Hope TN

    Project Title:  Navigating the Digital World Project

    According to Internet Watch Foundation, of all youth-produced sexual content in 2015, 90% was harvested and redistributed on a third party website (I.e. porn website), and on any given month, nearly 100 children will be listed for sale for sex online in TN (Adolescent Girls in TN Sex Trade). Unfortunately, this is perpetuated because teens today OVERshare information online, and exploiters target youth with vulnerabilities online that they can exploit – resulting in things like sex trafficking, sextortion and even radicalization. As a result, we’ve partnered with Knox County Schools and Homeland Security Investigations to create an internet safety video series curriculum, and beginning in August 2018, all 6th-9th grade students will be required to participate in this curriculum.  The program will target youth 11-17 years and can potentially impact 17,000+ youth in Knox County Schools alone.

    We will measure impact by tracking the number of people who request the curriculum, how often it is presented, and the number of participants in each training. Participants will also take pre/post-tests to gauge the curriculum’s effectiveness. Our key partners are Knox County Schools and Homeland Security Investigations. The point of this curriculum is to be self-sustaining so that anyone can pick up the lesson plan and know what to say, what video to play, and then what activity to do with the students afterward.

    Amy McAmis and Devin Payne, Street Hope Tennessee

  5. Open Topic

    Organization:  East Tennessee Health Information Network

    Project Title: Preventing Unnecessary Hospital Readmissions through Provider Alerting

    etHIN proposes to develop an automated, HIPAA-compliant email alerting service to inform providers in free and low income medical clinics and rural health departments of their patients’ hospital visits. These alerts will allow providers to contact patients to schedule follow-up visits to ensure compliance with medications and treatment plans prescribed during the hospital visit. The project will benefit low income and uninsured persons in Trinity Health Foundation’s nine-county service area. etHIN will use Phase I grant funding to perform a feasibility study to confirm interest in receiving alerts and determine the specific types of information that would be most beneficial to providers in helping improve their patients’ health.

    The alerting and provider outreach should result in a reduction in 30-day preventable hospital readmissions due to proactive care coordination by the alerted providers. To measure improvements, etHIN will obtain a patient list from participating clinics and health departments and measure the volume of readmissions for those patients at the end of the project against the beginning readmission volume.  In addition, etHIN plans to leverage existing partnerships with Covenant Health, East Tennessee Children’s Hospital and University of Tennessee Medical Center to obtain the data needed for alerting and results measurement. Delivering alerts by HIPAA-compliant Direct secure messaging is an economical method of exchanging data.

    Sharon Woods and Leigh Sterling, East TN Health Information Network


    Organization: Free Medical Clinic of Oak Ridge, Inc.

    Project Title:  Implementation of ADA standards for Diabetes Care

    Free Medical Clinic of Oak Ridge (FMC) would like to redesign our process of diabetes care based on American Diabetes Association (ADA) guidelines. In partnership with UT College of Nursing (CON), FMC will use a Participatory Community Based approach (planning, implementation, evaluation and reflection) to implement ADA standards for diabetes care into our practice. We will identify adherence barriers and establish a follow-up plan for implementing interventions that are barrier-specific.


    Organization: Philadelphians

    Project Title:  HELP House Study

    The Philadelphians seek to study and understand how best to address the needs of the Knox Metro Area’s portion of some 9,500 annual returning citizens from Tennessee’s male prison population, reintroducing them as contributing members of society, and reducing recidivism. We want to facilitate their success in all areas of their physical, emotional, and spiritual well-being through a faith based, community based program.

    Our target audience is the returning male former inmate planning to reside and work in the Metro Knox area. The community and the man will both be impacted through consistent employment, housing, reunion with families, and a reduction in the current recidivism rate.

    Key partners would include AA/NA, GED instruction programs, job training programs, individual counseling programs and local churches, as well as other halfway houses. The Philadelphian’s HELP House would be sustained through reimbursement funds available from existing TN Department of Corrections reentry programs as well as private contributions.

    Trudy Hughes and John Garrison, Philadelphians


To read more about the 2018 Phase I LARGE Grant Recipients, click on Initiatives below:

  1. Access to Care

    Organization:  Remote Area Medical

    Project Title: Free Dental, Vision and Medical Clinic for Grainger County

    According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 90 million Americans over the age of 40 have vision and eye problems, and these can lead to many issues, including depression and isolation. Americans in need of dental care face similar issues. The CDC states, “Oral health affects our ability to speak, smile, eat, and show emotions. It also affects self-esteem, school performance, and attendance at work and school.”

    Remote Area Medical (RAM) is dedicated to addressing the need for more accessible and affordable care. Each year, RAM operates mobile medical clinics that provide free dental, vision, and medical care to individuals on a first-come, first-served basis. In 2017, 17,126 RAM volunteers delivered $13,550,650 in free care to 42,072 individuals.

    According to the U.S. Census Bureau’s 2016 data, 20% of Grainger County, Tennessee residents live in poverty and 13% of residents under the age of 65 do not have health insurance. RAM has not held a medical clinic in Grainger County since 1998, and RAM requests support from the Trinity Health Foundation to plan a 2019 Grainger County mobile medical clinic in partnership with the Grainger County Baptist Association. RAM expects that this clinic would treat at least 500 Grainger County residents, and that re-establishing RAM’s presence in the community would raise awareness about RAM’s services and lead to financial and community supporters who could help sustain RAM clinics in Grainger County for years to come.

    Kaylen Mallard and Jeff Eastman, Remote Area Medical

    Organization:  St. Christopher Truckers Relief Fund

    Project Title:  Diabetes Prevention Program

    The St. Christopher Truckers Relief Fund (SCF), a 501(c)(3) charity that helps over-the-road truck drivers when an illness or injury causes them to be out of work, is requesting funds to develop a pilot Virtual Diabetes Prevention Program for professional truck drivers.

    Due to the nature of their lifestyles, long haul truck drivers are vulnerable to a host of health issues that include, but are not limited to, high blood pressure, obesity and high cholesterol, all of which can individually or collectively lead to Type II diabetes. Diabetes is preventable with a combination of proper monitoring, testing, corrective dieting, physical exercise and professional coaching. The SCF is partnering with HOPE 80/20 to offer a virtual, Center for Disease Control (CDC) certified and National Institute of Health (NIH) approved, Diabetes Prevention Program. This program will assist our network of drivers in maintaining a healthier lifestyle which will result in long term benefits for truckers within the designated counties.

    As partners, the SCF and HOPE 80/20 are proposing to utilize an online video and telephonic service in which a professional coaching program will address their health issues without taking time away from the drivers’ demanding work schedules. Through the contributions and financial support of the Trinity Foundation and our collective efforts, we can together join to save lives, prevent diabetes and promote healthier lifestyles for truck drivers throughout Knox, Anderson, Blount, Grainger, Jefferson, Loudon, Roane, Sevier and Union counties.

    Dana Kamowski and Julie Dillon, St. Christopher Truckers Relief Fund

  2. Healthy Life Choices

    Organization:  Emerald Youth Foundation

    Project Title:  Community Transformation in Lonsdale

    Emerald Youth Foundation (EYF)  is working to change the trajectory for youth in Lonsdale, many of whom have seen great challenges and tragedy, perhaps most publicly through the murder of Zaevion Dobson. Without an outlet for recreation, physical activity, and access to community, young people will continue to turn to the negative alternatives that are so readily available in their community. Thanks to the generosity and partnership of other community members and organizations, EYF  will open a neighborhood multipurpose complex in the heart of Lonsdale in 2019 to holistically serve the young people of this community and their families. We are also expanding our programming reach to have a greater impact on the community at large. EYF is seeking support from Trinity to support the development of program initiatives in Lonsdale.

    Shara Shoup and Anne Marie Atkins, Emerald Youth Foundation


    Organization:  YMCA of East Tennessee

    Project Title:  Knoxville Aquatic Alliance

    According to a national study sponsored by the American Red Cross, more than 50% of Americans cannot swim or demonstrate basic skills such as returning to the surface after jumping into deep water and treading water for one minute.  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention note in a 2001 study that accidental drowning primarily occurs in locations where no lifeguard is present.

    With this project, we plan to establish an aquatic alliance in Knoxville, significantly increasing the number of residents who can swim, as well as the number of trained lifeguards and certified swim instructors, establishing a sustainable cycle of high-quality aquatic safety and swimming instruction.  Our target population will be school age children and teens; however, socio-economic barriers disproportionality affect minorities and we will work to eliminate this disparity.

    If awarded a grant, we will be able to create an aquatic alliance of stakeholders including Knox County schools, Boys and Girls Clubs, the Urban League, Emerald Youth Foundation, Tennessee Aquatics, the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency, local marinas, and city and county park staff, and others to design a program that will benefit our target population.  The purpose of the alliance will be to build upon resources already present in our community to significantly expand water safety instruction, as well as the number of trained lifeguards and swim instructors. We will also invest in lifeguard training for teens 16 years and older, whose families could not otherwise afford this training for their children.

    Jim Dickson and Amanda Roland, YMCA of East Tennessee

  3. Mental Health and Addiction Recovery

    Organization:  Boys & Girls Clubs in Tennessee

    Project Title:  Prevention Works:  A Youth Opioid Prevention Program

    Boys & Girls Clubs in Tennessee (BGC in TN) will engage in planning activities to develop the “PREVENTION WORKS” Program with four Club organizations serving the following East Tennessee counties that have been amongst the hardest hit by the opioid epidemic: (1) Boys & Girls Clubs of Dumplin Valley: Jefferson County (2) Boys & Girls Clubs of the Smoky Mountains: Sevier County (3) Boys & Girls Clubs of Clinch Valley: Anderson and Roane County, and (4) Boys & Girls Clubs of the Tennessee Valley: Knox, Blount, Loudon, and N. Anderson Counties. PREVENTION WORKS will explore and develop effective prevention programs and promising practices to both PREVENT youth from falling victim to opioid addiction AND SUPPORT youth at Clubs who have experienced trauma from family members who have abused opioids. With successful strategies and practices fully developed, the Clubs will be successful in providing key prevention services; reducing risk factors leading to addiction; and promoting resilience in children, families and communities. Clubs will collaborate with Boys & Girls Clubs of America, DEA 360 and Operation Prevention, local anti-drug coalitions, local law enforcement agencies, and local colleges of social work or counseling programs. This program will financially be sustained through partnership contributions, along with resources secured from Boys & Girls Clubs of America and BGC in TN—both entities who are working diligently to secure federal, state, and local government grant dollars, as well as private foundation dollars for youth opioid prevention.

    Michelle Davis and Ryan Hughes, Boys & Girls Clubs in Tennessee


    Organization:  Helen Ross McNabb Center

    Project Title:  Consultation Psychiatry within an Emergency Department Model

    More than 10 percent of all emergency department patients in the United States present with psychiatric symptoms. While emergency department doctors are able to meet a patient’s acute medical needs, the departments oftentimes lack specialized psychiatric providers trained to give the needed care during a time of psychiatric crisis. When these patients require care in a behavioral health facility, but an inpatient bed is not immediately available, the patient is “boarded” in the emergency department until psychiatric care can be provided at a different facility.

    One of the nation’s leading psychiatric emergency departments is located in Phoenix, Arizona. The Helen Ross McNabb Center (HRMC) is proposing to visit the Connections Crisis Urgent Psychiatric Care Center (UPC), a psychiatric emergency department, with the East Tennessee Children’s Hospital (ETCH) and the University of Tennessee Medical Center (UTMC), to research the Phoenix model and determine best practices to implement specialized psychiatric care in Knoxville-area emergency departments.

    The proposed project will provide the quality care for a person presenting to the emergency department in psychiatric crisis. The Center would establish a psychiatrist and master’s level clinician to round at Knoxville-area emergency departments and provide consultation to the emergency department doctors. By partnering with local emergency departments, the team would be able to assess patients, provide medication consultation, establish crisis planning with patients and generally help stabilize the milieu at the emergency department. This project would provide better client care/outcomes, less boarding time for psychiatric patients in the emergency department and diversion from inpatient psychiatric hospitalization.

    Jessica Hill and Houston Smelcer, Helen Ross McNabb Center


    Organization:  Knoxville Leadership Foundation

    Project Title:    Behavioral Health Treatment for At-risk 16-24 Year Olds in KnoxWorx

    Youth unemployment is a growing national crisis, and a significant local problem. Knoxville has one of the highest rates of disconnected youth (16-24 years of age who are not working and not in school) in the country. Young people who are unable to transition to jobs by their early 20’s are at risk for a host of negative outcomes, such as long-term unemployment, poverty, incarceration, substance abuse, and homelessness (Belfield, et al., 2012). The cost in lost human potential and  financial resources is enormous, both locally and nationally.

    KnoxWorx is a city-wide workforce development system that helps change the life trajectory of 120 of the most disadvantaged young people in Knoxville every year, by equipping them with education and credentials, and placing them in full-time employment. Through a highly collaborative approach, we have developed a program that identifies and works to remove ban-iers that prevent them from entering the productive workforce. Despite our success, mental health issues and substance addiction are chronic and ongoing issues for this population. Yet, we have not found any viable solutions; there are long waiting lists and few treatment options in our community for those without financial resources, and little information about treating behavioral health issues in at-risk youth and young adults in workforce development programs.

    Knoxville Leadership Foundation (KLF) is requesting funds to conduct research on models that will effectively address mental health and substance abuse issues in youth and young adults within workforce development systems.

    David Ault and Chris Martin, Knoxville Leadership Foundation


  4. Family Strengthening

    Organization:  YWCA Knoxville and the Tennessee Valley

    Project Title:  Healthy Girls Today, Strong Families Tomorrow

    The YWCA Knoxville and the Tennessee Valley requests funding to begin developing a mentoring program to address violence among Knox County middle-school girls with special attention to African Americans and Latinas. Teachers and after-school staff report an increase in girls’ violence and aggression against their peers, which puts them at greater risk of unhealthy partnerships in the future. After the success of the GameChangers program for boys, the YWCA aims to create a similar program targeting girls, which will decrease girls’ violence, improve relationships, build a foundation for healthy families, and serve as a model for the rest of the country. Phase 1 will involve a needs assessment to determine strategies for implementation of Healthy Girls Today, Strong Families Tomorrow. Intended collaborators include GameChangers partners, such as Knox County Schools, Great Schools Partnership, Knox County District Attorney’s Office, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Centro Hispano, Community Coalition Against Human Trafficking, Emerald Youth Foundation, and Knox Area Urban League, as well as organizations that target girls, such as Girl Talk and Girls Scouts. The YWCA had significant success obtaining and leveraging funding for GameChangers and plans to package both curricula for national distribution.

    Marigail Mullin and Ally Johnson, YWCA Knoxville and the TN Valley

  5. Open Topic

    Organization:  East Tennessee Children’s Hospital

    Project Title:  Pediatric Pulmonary Rehabilitation

    East Tennessee Children’s Hospital (Children’s Hospital) requests funds for the research and development of a Pediatric Pulmonary Rehabilitation Program. Pediatric Pulmonary Rehabilitation is a program designed to benefit children with moderate to severe pulmonary issues. In simple terms, these patients have difficulty breathing. The causative factors are as diverse as our population. Children’s Hospital admitted 322 patients with Asthma, and treated 170 patients with Cystic Fibrosis. In addition, respiratory issues are one of the most common reasons for a hospital admission, resulting in 5,773 admissions to Children’s Hospital last year. This number does not include other diagnoses that could impact respiratory status including obesity, obstructive sleep apnea, prolonged intubation (mechanical ventilation), Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis some hematology and oncology diagnoses and neuromuscular diseases. While patient’s with each of these diagnoses is treated at Children’s Hospital, there is not a program in the region designed to address the pulmonary ramifications of their illnesses.

    A Pediatric Pulmonary Rehabilitation program will utilize the existing structures of community programs including Kids in Motion, Healthy Ways, the YMCA and other local health facilities including the Children’s Hospital Rehabilitation Center to create a platform that directs and adapts existing activities to benefit children experiencing pulmonary issues.

    Ron Phillips and Hella Ewing, East Tennessee Children’s Hospital


    Organization:   University of Tennessee Medical Center

    Project Title: Trauma Survivors Network-Peer Visitor Program for Trauma Patients and Families

    The University of Tennessee Medical Center’s (UT Medical Center) Trauma Survivors Network (TSN) is submitting a proposal to solicit partners for the development of its peer visitor program. UT Medical Center is a level I Trauma Center that serves Knox County and 21 surrounding counties. Most of the patients that are seen by the TSN program have been in motor vehicle collision, falls from standing or a height, gunshot victims and have possibly experienced a traumatic brain injury (TBI), spinal cord injury (SCI) or amputation. The social and emotional needs of a trauma survivor are important to their recovery while in the hospital and when a patient has been discharged. In an effort to make sure that patients social and emotional needs are met, TSN acts as a liaison for trauma patients and their families. UT Medical Center’s TSN program currently collaborates with the American Trauma Society (ATS) and is connecting with other programs that provide peer visitor for recovering trauma patients within the community. In-house partners such as the Health Information Center and Pastoral Care are referral sources for TSN to provide information on specific injuries and spiritual support to trauma patients and their families. A major gift fund is the main support for the program. Other sources of funding, such as city, state and donor funds are being researched and applied for to sustain the program. UT Medical Center’s TSN program is requesting $15,000 to enhance and grow its peer visitor program.

    Niki Rasnake and Elizabeth Waters, University of Tennessee Medical Center


    Organization:  Volunteer Ministry Center

    Project Title:  The Shadow of Homelessness -The Under the Bridge Phenomenon

    “I prefer to live outside,” said a homeless individual.  These words, unfortunately, feed the myth that homeless is a choice. As Interstate 40 weaves its way through Knoxville, its overpasses create shadows that hover over and cloak worlds below. The “darkest” of shadows seems to be cast by the overpass over Broadway, separating the central city from its northern entrance. Every night, 25-40 people “live” in make-shift campsites amidst the clutter.  Known as “under the bridge,” lie our neighbors in the shadows of homelessness.

    The decision to “live outside” is not a desire to “live off-the-grid,” but something else.

    This proposal’s premise is that a “preference” for living outside is based on the overcrowding, health/safety risks, restrictions, and/or fear of separation from significant others that are experienced and/or perceived within a traditional emergency shelter. This proposal is to explore the development of a low-barrier emergency shelter that provides overnight accommodations (30-40 beds) paired with direct and indirect access to social services.  The end goal is not shelter; it is permanent housing.  Aligning a shelter environment with a Housing First approach provides access to shelter without prerequisites with an entrée to permanent housing options. Potential collaborators include the City’s Office on Homelessness, Knoxville Police Department, Helen Ross McNabb, Salvation Army, and Community Action Committee with sustained funding from VMC existing streams of revenue.

    Gabrielle Cline and Bruce Spangler, Volunteer Ministry Center