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Spring RHA Updates

East Tennessee Regional Event

Join us on March 19th at East Tennessee State University to hear from professionals on topics including substance use and behavioral disorders in rural communities, current drug trends, and more. This event is free for students. If you are interested in registering students, please email  [email protected]. For more information on the agenda and registration, click here.

To learn more about our west and middle regional events, click here.

Colorectal Cancer

Awareness Month

Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month, observed annually in March, serves as a crucial reminder of the importance of understanding and preventing colorectal cancer, which is one of the most common cancers worldwide. Through education and advocacy efforts, individuals are encouraged to take proactive steps to reduce their risk of developing colorectal cancer and to promote early detection through regular screenings. To read more here.

In the News

Quillen College of Medicine Honoring Mission to

Serve Rural Communities

In this article, Dr. Tom Kincer goes into the mission of Quillen College of Medicine and how they continue to stand firm in their commitment to serving rural communities. To read the full article, click here.

The Tennessee Cancer Registry has Achieved Gold Certification

The Tennessee Cancer Registry has achieved "Gold Certification," the highest North American Association of Central Cancer Registries {NAACCR) standard for complete, accurate and timely data, since the 2005 diagnosis year. Read more here.

TennCare Enrollment Assistance 

TennCare renewals are currently in progress. You can find your renewal date by creating a TennCare Connect  ( account and linking it to your case. 

  1. Verify your Address with TennCare
  2. Find your renewal date
  3. Open and response to all mail from TennCare! Learn more at

Request assistance any of the following ways:

1. Call us: 866-675-7092

2. Email us: [email protected]

3. Mail us: P.O. Box 656, Decaturville, TN 38329 or

4. Schedule an appointment on our website: Insurance Enrollment Assistance (


  • Health for All: A Language Inclusion Webinar Series Join Rural Health Association for an eight-week webinar series to discuss varying populations within our rural communities that experience a larger gap in health disparities. This webinar series will be held weekly beginning on February 29th at 11am CST and go through April 18th. For more information, click here.

  • National Association of Rural Health Clinics: Spring Conference The March 18th-20th NARHC Institutes are put on by the only national association dedicated strictly to Rural Health Clinics. A wide range of rural health professionals will be in attendance including CEOs, CFOs, Physicians, PAs, NPs, Clinic Managers, Billers & Coders. For more information, click here.

  • Youth Firearm Suicide Prevention Advocacy Lunch & Learns The American Academy of Pediatrics is sponsoring Lunch & Learn sessions across Tennessee to promote a local, tailored approach to reduce youth suicide through secure firearm storage and use of the 988 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline. For the March 25th registration, click here.

  • Active Living Conference This conference taking place March 25th-28th brings together a diverse audience and provides networking and engagement opportunities for active living researchers and practitioners from many fields. Presentations and discussions focus on the importance of creating healthier communities for all people. Read more here.

  • Food and Nutrition Security Summit This virtual summit will bring Tennessee stakeholders together to share the work they are doing, provide feedback on the development of a statewide collaborative, and learn how food and nutrition security councils and networks operate in other states. Please see attached flyer here for April dates.

  • Positive Aging Conference 2024 This April 5th conference will delve into critical aspects of aging, offering a comprehensive exploration of topics such as mental health, the impact and management of opioid use, nutritional insights, veteran benefits, the secrets behind blue zones (regions of the world where people live longer and healthier lives), innovative longevity strategies, and technologies for staying connected and independent. To learn more and register, click here. Registration will conclude on March 22nd.

  • Cancer Survivorship Summit April 13th Meharry Medical College and the Intercultural Cancer Council will be hosting the annual Cancer Survivorship Summit Spring Forward: Early Detection and Screening Event. This event emphasizes survivors, the importance of screening, early detection, and education on cancer. For more information, click here.

  • West Tennessee CoP Spring Summit This summit will allow individuals a full day to network, share best practices, and develop skills to improve public health in your regional communities. More details here.

  • HRSA Virtual Job Fair This April 28th job is a free online recruitment events that connect career-seeking health care professionals with representatives from health care facilities across the country. Registration can be found here.

  • NARHA Annual Rural Health Conference Join NRHA and hundreds of rural health leaders from across the country down in the bayou to help raise the standard for rural health with over 80 innovative, practical, and cost-saving sessions and much more. For registration, click here.


  • Tennessee Disability Pathfinder Tennessee Disability Pathfinder, or "Pathfinder," serves as a comprehensive resource hub to simplify this task. With a directory containing over 3,000 agency resources organized by county, including rural and marginalized communities, Pathfinder connects people with disabilities, their families, educators, and professionals to essential disability resources and services throughout the state. Read more here.

  • Certified Peers: Breaking the Stigma Tara Harrington's journey to recovery from addiction has been a long road, but she's passionate about sharing her story and how Medication Assisted Treatment helped her along the way. Now in recovery, Tara is a Certified Peer Recovery Specialist who works at a treatment agency. For Tara's story, click here.

  • 988 Line for LGBTGIA+ Support You can reach a specialized LGBTQI+ affirming counseling by texting Q to 988 or pressing 3 when calling. They work to provide support and resources reflective of all communities and their own needs. For more information, click here.

  • Tennessee Professional Screening Questionnaire This is a free service of the Tennessee Medical Foundation. This 24/7 confidential online platform allows you to anonymously take a brief questionnaire for stress, depression, and other mental health conditions, receive a personal response from a site mental health professional, exchange messages with the MHP, ask questions, receive recommendations and support for connecting with available mental health services. For access, click here.

  • Vaccine Hesitancy Toolkit COVID-19 Vaccine Confidence is the strategic framework of the CDC to strengthen vaccine confidence and prevent outbreaks of vaccine-preventable diseases in the United States. Access the toolkit here.

  • TDMHSAS Services for Children, Youth, Young Adults, and Families The Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services along with its dedicated and professional network of community service providers and sister agencies has a vast array of services for young people ranging in age from infant to young adult. To find additional services, click here.

  • Tennessee Traumatic Brain Injury Annual Report Tennessee Traumatic Brain Injury released its annual report, this comprehensive report provides an in-depth look at the state’s progress in addressing traumatic brain injuries and underscores the pivotal role the partners play in shaping the landscape of TBI awareness, prevention, and support. To learn more, click here.

  • Digital Access: A Super Determinant of Health The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration cites several sources showing a growing “broadband health gap” that may be contributing to chronic illness and substance use crises. Read more here.

  • Rural Health Information Hub The RHIhub is a great first stop when looking for information, opportunities, and resources on rural health. Access the RHIhub here.

Funding Opportunities

The below grants have been hand picked to offer new funding opportunities.

Welcome to Our New and Returning Members!

The below organizations have recently joined or renewed their memberships. Members can search our member directory to connect with other members when logging into the RHA of TN's website. While you're searching, update your profile!

National Black Nurses Association

Express Med of Tennessee

NHC Sparta

Thomas F. Frist, Jr. College of Medicine, Belmont University

Van Buren County Schools CSH

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