2018 Phase II Grant Recipients
Boys & Girls Clubs in Tennessee
Project Title: Prevention Works: A Youth Opioid Prevention Program
Boys and Girls Clubs in Tennessee will implement the “Prevention Works” Program with Club organizations serving Knox and surrounding counties – some of the hardest hit counties by the opioid epidemic. Prevention Works will implement effective prevention programs and strategies to both prevent youth from falling victim to opioid addiction and support youth who have experienced trauma from family members who have abused opioids.
Emerald Youth Foundation
Project Title: Community Transformation in Lonsdale
Emerald Youth Foundation plans to revitalize the health of one of Knoxville’s most distressed communities. With construction of the Lonsdale Ministry Complex already underway, hope is flooding into this neighborhood. The facility will span a city block and serve as a hub for relationally and comprehensively engaging young people ages elementary through young adult in programs of faith, learning and health. Emerald Youth’s ministry work will be expanded through more sports offerings, new playing surfaces, and a new Calling and Career ministry site and expanded staff for JustLead and a new Worship Arts ministry.
Helen Ross McNabb Center
Project Title: Embedded Psychiatry Demonstration Project: Consultation Psychiatry within an Emergency Department Model
The Helen Ross McNabb Center is proposing a pilot program to provide psychiatric consultation within as emergency department. The Center will employ a psychiatric medical provider (MD or APN) and master’s level clinician and embed the positions at East Tennessee Children’s Hospital and the University of Tennessee Medical Center emergency departments to conduct psychiatric assessments, consultation services and safety and discharge planning. The proposed project will provide quality care for individuals presenting to the emergency department in psychiatric crisis with a goal of reducing patient boarding time and diverting from inpatient hospitalization.
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. KnoxWorx is a city-wide workforce development system that helps change the life trajectory of some of the most disadvantaged young people in Knoxville, by equipping them with education and credentials, and placing them in full-time employment. Knoxville Leadership Foundation has developed a system that identifies and mitigates barriers that prevent young people from entering the workforce. They will begin intentional community-building with student cohorts, develop internal clinical capacity to treat mental health and addiction by adding a master’s level social worker, and establish a partnership to co-locate a clinical expert who will provide in-house individual and group treatment.
Remote Area Medical
Project Title: Free Dental, Vision, and Medical Clinic for Grainger County
Remote Area Medical is dedicated to providing accessible and affordable care, especially dental and vision care. Each year, Remote Area Medical operates clinics that provide free dental, vision and medical care on a first-come, first-served basis. They plan to operate a Grainger County clinic in partnership with the Grainger County Baptist Association. Remote Area Medical will operate a successful clinic by recruiting volunteers; procuring supplies; finalizing all logistics, including clinic flow, setup, and capacity; marketing the clinic; and implementing the two-day clinic in the fall of 2019. They expect the clinic will treat 500 patients, and establish RAM’s presence in the community for years to come.
Centro Hispano de East Tennessee
Project Title: Latino Promotora Program
The Latino population of Knox County and surrounding areas are rapidly growing, and many Latinos face multiple barriers to accessing affordable reliable health services. Additionally, Latinos in the United States are more likely to develop Type 2 diabetes and more likely to die from the disease. In the first year, Centro Hispano’s Health Promotoroa Program expects to serve at least 225 people through health workshops and screenings, to assist at least 100 people through phone calls or walk-ins, and for the Promotora to conduct at least 40 home visits to follow-up on preventative care and education.
East Tennessee Health Information Network
Project Title: Preventing Unnecessary Hospital Readmissions Through Provider Alerting
East Tennessee Health Information Network proposes to create an automated, HIPAA-compliant email alerting service to inform providers in free and low-income medical clinics and rural health departments of their patient’s hospital visits through its Preventing Unnecessary Hospital Readmissions through Provider Alerting program. These alerts will allow providers to contact patients to schedule follow-up visits, ensuring greater compliance with medications and treatment plans prescribed during hospital visits. The project will benefit low income and uninsured persons in Trinity Health Foundation’s service area.
Project Title: East Knoxville’s Farmers’ Market
Nourish Knoxville’s staff has a 15-year history of cultivating healthy communities by supporting relationships between farmers, producers, and the public through managing and mentoring farmers’ markets. According to the Food Trust, half a million Tennesseans, including citizens in East Knoxville, live in food deserts and lack access to healthy food options, especially fresh fruits and vegetables. Nourish Knoxville plans to partner with community members to launch the Eastside Sunday Market to supply East Knoxville with much needed fresh produce, as well as other grocery items, every Sunday through the summer at Tabernacle Baptist Church.
Project Title: Navigating the Digital World Project
In 2015, 90% of all youth-produced sexual content was harvested and redistributed on a third-party website and on any given month, 100 children will be listed for sale for sex online in TN. It is imperative for youth today to receive internet safety and online exploitation prevention education. Street Hope has identified a gap in resources needed to assist adults in teaching such education, and to equip youth with the tools necessary to prevent online exploitation. As a result, they have partnered with Knox County Schools, Department of Homeland Security, and Social Media Education, Jamie Fromberger to create a comprehensive internet safety video series curriculum called Project Post: Positive Online Social Tools. Their goal is to reach youths, 11-17 years old, with the potential to reach 17,000 students in Knox County Schools alone.
Vet to Vet Tennessee
Project Title: Veteran/First Responder QPR Suicide Prevention
This plan emphasizes the mental health initiative by encouraging mental wellness through suicide prevention and will serve veterans, youth, teens and young adults. Phase II will specifically focus on spreading awareness and increasing skill sets in those who are in optimal positions to influence high-risk individuals in our communities, including Knox County and other surrounding, rural areas. Clergy, youth pastors and leaders, employers and officers and personnel within community-based and veteran service organizations, will be educated using evidence-based QPR Suicide Prevention Gatekeeper training to help identify, intervene and assist in recovery of suicide ideation and attempts.