Section: People & Places in the News, June/July 2018
Three Tennessee Health Centers Receive Funding to Fight the Opioid Epidemic
(from Cardinal Health Foundation)

The Cardinal Health Foundation recently announced that it has awarded over $3 million in grants to more than 70 nonprofit organizations to support local efforts to combat the opioid epidemic across Ohio, West Virginia, Kentucky, and Tennessee. The grants are being made through the Cardinal Health Foundation's Generation Rx program and are funded by Cardinal Health's Opioid Action Program, launched last fall.

Three TPCA member health centers received awards: Community Health of East Tennessee, Dayspring Family Health Center, and Hope Family Health.

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Mercy Community Healthcare Works with Schools to Expand Mental Health Counseling Program
(from the Tennessean)

The Franklin Special School District plans to expand a program that provides school-based mental health counseling for the upcoming school year through a partnership with Mercy Community Healthcare. The program, which began at one middle school last fall, will expand to an additional middle school and an elementary school in August.

The program aims to remove barriers, like lack of transportation, that prevent children from receiving mental health counseling, said Marcy Webb, director of therapeutic school counseling at Mercy.

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Chota Promotes Healthier Community at Free Fair
(from the Advocate and Democrat)

Each year, Chota Community Health Services (CCHS) hosts a free health fair to help promote health and wellness in the Monroe County area. The 2018 health fair took place in May. Together, CCHS and students from the Quillen College of Medicine at East Tennessee State University provided free medical services to 143 members of the Monroe County community.

The free services offered during the health fair included health screenings, physical exams, diabetic eye exams, pap smears, and basic fasting labs. The Vein Center provided free, quickcan ultrasounds for varicose veins. MEDIC was on site for blood donations. Knoxville Comprehensive Breast Center was on site providing mammograms at a discounted rate. Many community businesses and organizations attended as vendors to share information about their organizations and services with people who attended the event.