That’s one of the facts that sparked Regional Roadmap for a Healthier Appalachian Tennessee.
The idea is simple:
- Get local leaders in education, health and business out of their silos and bring them together to link their expertise.
- Small grants — $2,500 in the first year — would be given to organizations in rural areas.
- The funds would support programs tied into health and wellness initiatives linking local health factors and outcomes with local economics and education.
To read more about how the program got started, click here.
To learn more about the 2014 grants, see below.
2014 Regional Roadmap Grants
1. Smith County
Smith County Drug Prevention Council educated county employers about substance abuse and drug screens.
2. Putnam County
Cookeville-Putnam Chamber of Commerce created a media campaign to raise awareness of Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome.
Putnam County Schools distributed information on early childhood education interventions, caregiving, health and nutrition, special education, emergency preparedness and more.
3. Scott County
Mountain Peoples’ Health Council increased access to health care and information.
Children’s Center of the Cumberland encouraged career preparedness for 14-18-year-old students.
4. Campbell County
East Tennessee Children’s Hospital developed a heart health education program.
5. Union County
Union County Chamber of Commerce trained young residents in water safety and kayaking at Norris Lake.
6. Hancock County
Hancock County Arts enrolled area children in an arts summer camp that combined dancing with health and nutrition education.
7. Grundy County
Grundy County Health Council and Tracy City Revitalization Program expanded local programs and facilities offering exercise, health and nutrition classes.
Beersheba Springs Medical Clinic established a community garden and kitchen.
Grundy Board of Education offered classes in gardening, food preservation, cooking and fitness.
8. McMinn County
9. Monroe County
Monroe County Health Council started a hiking club and a fitness event for young residents of the county.
10. Jefferson County
Boys and Girls Club of Dumplin Valley expanded their nutrition program and promoted farmers markets.
11. Cocke County
12. Greene County
Greene County Health Council implemented a community-wide healthy living campaign.
13. Unicoi County
Joint Economic Development Board of Unicoi County put a program in place to increase physical activity and decrease obesity levels of residents.
Unicoi County Anti-Drug Coalition hosted bimonthly events and a block party to combat tobacco, alcohol and substance abuse.
14. Carter County
Boys and Girls Club of Elizabethton implemented summer physical education and cooking lessons.
15. Johnson County
Mountain City Economic and Community Development promoted the local farmers market and held a Community Harvest Dinner featuring locally grown foods.