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East Tennessee Forum on Public Health and Preventive Medicine

The East Tennessee Forum on Public Health and Preventive Medicine (the “Forum”) was established in 1995 by the senior leadership representing the University of Tennessee MPH-associated faculty (including Public Health Nutrition); the Department of Family Medicine, University of Tennessee Medical Center; the Knox County Health Department; and, the East Tennessee Regional Health Office. The stated purposes for establishing the Forum included:

  1. To facilitate closer working relationships – communications, collaborations and networking – between academia and public health and preventive medicine practitioners;
  2. To bring a local focus to public health and preventive medicine issues of state and national concern;
  3. To nurture leadership potential for those in the mid stages of their careers.


In 2004, the College of Veterinary Medicine joined the Forum as the 5th organizational member. In 2010 the Forum became an Affiliate Public Health Practice-Based Research Network, a national program supported by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and in 2012 received its first research funding from RWJF. In 2012 the College of Nursing at UT became the 6th organizational member.

Since its inception, the Forum has met on a quarterly basis as a luncheon meeting. Costs of the meals are covered by each organizational member. Meetings are generally held on the first Monday of September, November, February, and April, 12:00-1:30 p.m., at the Knox County Health Department.


Current Forum Leaders:

 

Paul C. Erwin, MD, DrPH
Professor and Department Head, Department of Public Health
University of Tennessee, Knoxville

Martha Buchanan, MD
Director, Knox County Health Department, Knoxville


Greg Blake, MD, MPH
Professor and Chair, Department of Family Medicine
University of Tennessee Medical Center, Knoxville

Janet Ridley, RN, MSN
Regional Director, East Tennessee Region
Tennessee Department of Health


Marcy J. Souza, DVM, MPH, DABVP (Avian), DACVPM
Associate Professor and Director of Veterinary Public Health
Department of Biomedical & Diagnostic Sciences
University of Tennessee, College of Veterinary Medicine

Carole R. Myers, PhD, RN
Associate Professor
College of Nursing
University of Tennessee, Knoxville



Recent Forum topics:

 

February 5, 2018

  • The Era of Information Failure
    • Presenter – Katherine Killen, Director, Community Relations
      Knox County Health Department

April 3, 2017

  • Breastfeeding as a Public Health Priority: Implementing policies and environmental changes through innovative partnerships.
    • Presenters – Cheryl Hill, MS-MPH, RDN, LDN, and Michelle Moyers, MPH; Knox County Health Department

November 13, 2018

  • Student presentations at the annual meeting of the American Public Health Association (November 2017)

September 17, 2017

  • The Public Health response to the Gatlinburg Fires of 2016
    • Presenter – East Tennessee Regional Health Office

April 3, 2017

  • Breastfeeding as a Public Health Priority: Implementing policies and environmental changes through innovative partnerships.
    • Presenters – Cheryl Hill, MS-MPH, RDN, LDN, and Michelle Moyers, MPH; Knox County Health Department

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