Section: People & Places in the News, July 2016
Make Your Plans for National Health Center Week 2016
National Health Center Week 2016 is August 7-13. This year's theme is "Celebrating America's Health Centers: Innovators in Community Health." Health Center Week is a great opportunity to raise awareness about the mission and accomplishments of America's health centers over the course of more than five decades.
New Leadership Team Members at Memphis Health Center
Memphis Health Center recently has welcomed several key staff members: Medical Director Clarence Davis; Assistant Medical Director Lloydetta Stovall; Director of Nursing Deborah Harris; Compliance Manager Tonnette Henderson; and Human Resources Director Erica Eubanks.
A Boost for Oral Health in Tennessee
During the 2016 legislative session, the Tennessee General Assembly passed legislation authorizing the commissioner of health to develop a comprehensive state oral health plan. The plan may be used to direct skilled personnel and funding decisions in order to reduce the prevalence of oral disease. This is significant progress as Tennessee is one of just 11 states that does not currently have an oral health plan.
Dayspring Physician Named "Family Physician of the Year"
Dr. Geogy Thomas of Dayspring Family Health Center is being recognized as the Tennessee Academy of Family Physicians’ (TNAFP) “Physician of the Year.” According to TNAFP, “The Tennessee AFP’s Family Physician of the Year Award honors a member of the TNAFP who has made an outstanding contribution to family medicine, to the advancement of health and/or to medical training and medical education.”
Neighborhood Health Welcomes Vision Van
Neighborhood Health and Envolve Vision teamed with the Association of Clinicians for the Underserved to bring the Vision Van to Nashville. The Envolve Vision Van brings eye care and information to underserved communities nationwide.

Envolve Vision offers free screenings, distribution of free reading glasses, and more.
RHAT Call for Presentations
The Rural Health Association of Tennessee (RHAT) is seeking presentations for the 22nd Annual Rural Health Conference, which will take place November 16-18, 2016, in Pigeon Forge, Tenn. The conference is an annual event designed to educate participants about health concerns affecting rural Tennessee. To learn more about the conference and how you can submit a presentation for consideration, click here to view the flyer.
Trading Partner Registration (TPR) System Online Training
(from the Tennessee Department of Health)

The Tennessee Department of Health has scheduled online training for the Trading Partner Registration (TPR) system. TPR is an application that allows potential trading partners (like hospitals, eligible professionals, pharmacies, laboratories, and others) to register their intent to electronically exchange data with TDH and provides a mechanism for eligible professionals and eligible hospitals to register their intent with TDH for the Meaningful Use public health measures. Click here to view events and to register.
Updated Health Center Program Governing Board Workbook
The Health Center Program Governing Board Workbook provides a brief overview of the Health Center Program and its unique characteristics and requirements, including governance. It also highlights foundational knowledge and core competencies you need to be an effective board member. Click here to access the workbook.