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MPH Student Receives Intern Award for Her Innovative Approaches to Address Substance Use

Congratulations to Aly Chapman, for receiving the Kathy Darnell Ebener Intern Award.

During May-December, Aly interned with the Metro Drug Coalition (MDC) where she developed a policy brief and visual tools to propose a “Hub and Spoke model” of substance use prevention, treatment, and recovery in East Tennessee. The “hub” in the model is the centralized place of services—the MDC, and the spokes are the myriad partners to refer and serve the community.

Aly’s preceptor, Karen Pershing, Executive Director of the MDC and UT MPH alumna, acknowledged the value of Aly’s work, as MDC is already moving towards implementing this innovative model.

The Kathy Darnell Ebener intern award is given to MPH interns who demonstrate leadership in working with communities and promoting health equity through projects that improve the health among underserved, vulnerable, or high-risk population in a culturally appropriate and evidenced based way. This award is a $500 gift, made possible by a generous donor, Kathy Ebener. Kathy is an educator, and UT alumna. Her service on the College’s Dean’s Board of Advisor’s inspired her to establish an intern award. Aly is the fifth student to receive this award. See prior award winners here –


From left: Karen Pershing, Executive Director, Metro Drug Coalition; Aly Chapman, MPH student and intern award recipient; Kathy Ebener, educator and award donor