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Upcoming Webinar Series

April 27th, 29th; May 4th, 5th

RHA of TN is hosting Sarah Bounse, MPH, consultant on racial equity issues and Robyn Seamon, MA, BSN trainer and transcultural nurse specializing in Appalachia to discuss the history and causes of vaccine hesitancy and strategies to address hesitancy.

Please join us for these events, moderated by Dr. Terri Durbin, UT College of Nursing.
Apprentice Sponsorships
Rural Health Association of Tennessee is a sponsoring organization for apprenticeships in healthcare. Apprenticeships are paid on-the-job experiences paired with instruction and mentoring. 

Thanks to the generous support of Amerigroup Foundation, we are offering mini-grants to K-12 and afterschool programs in West Tennessee who test and deliver the pre-apprenticeship curriculum this year.
Registration is Open!
This November RHA of TN will return to Music Road Resort in Pigeon for our Annual Conference. As in years past, we will offer a wide variety of education and networking opportunities for rural health leaders.

Early Bird registration is open between now and September 30th.

Have a great presentation idea? Submit a proposal to present. Details on website.

  • Month of April - National Minority Health Month, a time to raise awareness about health disparities that continue to affect racial and ethnic minority populations and encourage action through health education, early detection, and control of disease complications. Learn More.

  • April 27th - Addressing Vaccine Hesitancy in Rural Communities. Consultants Sarah Bounse and Robyn Seamon will facilitate a series of sessions to educate on the history and causes of vaccine hesitancy and strategies to address in rural communities. Series is free, open to public, and will come with a toolkit of sample posts and graphics for local providers and community based organizations to share. Register here. April 27th, 29th, May 4th, May 6th 5-6pm.

  • May 4th - Integrated Health - A Model of Patient Care. Elizabeth Ball from Integrative Health Centers and Mike Coleman from McKenzie Medical Center will share how they are addressing specific patient needs through in integrated model between medical and mental health providers. Register here.

  • May 19th - Appalachian Communities Opioid Response (ACOR) Summit. 9am - 5pm Eastern Time. Registration is $15. Mini-grants will be announced for prevention planning activities in East Tennessee. For details visit:
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Special Request from a Member
Dear Invitee,
My name is Vanessa Iheanachor and I am a doctoral candidate at Walden University. I am conducting my dissertation research on Providers’ Perspectives on Barriers Associated with Repeat Pregnancies in Rural Southeastern U.S. There are many studies that have explored such barriers that impact reproductive health-care services from an adolescent’s perspective. To date, limited research has explored these barriers from a health care provider’s perspective. Findings from this research will inform the development of targeted teen pregnancy prevention programs, which will influence equitable health outcomes for all adolescents.

In order to participate in this study, you must meet the following criteria:
  • Currently certified and licensed to practice as a health care provider in one of these target states: Georgia, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Florida
  • Has credentialed licensing as one of the following: Physician (M.D. or D.O.), Physician Assistant (PA), Nurse Practitioner (NP), or Certified Nurse-Midwife (CNM)
  • Provides patient care in one of the target states
  • Works at least part time (i.e. 20 hours a week)
  • Routinely sees adolescent patients during their day to day

To gain a better understanding of these perceived barriers, I invite you to participate in this online survey. You would be asked a series of 14 multiple-choice questions and the survey will take approximately 5-10 minutes to complete. If you are interested in participating in this research, please click here to go directly to the survey. The first page includes information about the study and is where you will consent to participate. Then, you may proceed to the first question.

Thank you for your time and consideration,

Vanessa Iheanachor
Doctoral Candidate
Walden University

Thank you to our Platinum Sponsors
for making these events and our annual conference possible
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