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Tennessee Day of Hope
We are excited to partner with the Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services and United Way to hold the "TN Day of Hope" on March 10, 2022 as our West TN Regional Workshop. Breakfast will be held at Casey Jones Village from 9-10:30, and follow up will be held at Union University from 11-1pm.

If you are interested in attending this event, please email Amy Bechtol at We look forward to seeing you there!

Please join us in learning more about heart health with the American Heart Association speakers Brenda Miller and Kacie Kennedy. Learn how to recognize the components that define heart health and strategies that help improve heart health, and increase knowledge of growing networks with the in the rural community to grow impact to improve heart health.

Register for the event on February 23 at 10:00am CST here.

Join us on March 11 at 10:00am CST with Director of ETSU Center for Rural Research's Michael Meit with his webinar on "Health Equity, Poverty, and Rural Resilience." Learn about rural health equities, social determinants, and positive attributes of rural communities that can be leveraged to improve health and well-being.

Register for this event on March 11 at 10:00am CST here.
Staff Spotlight

Patty Lane
Join us in welcoming Patty Lane to the RHA of TN Staff. Patty joined our staff in October as the new Workforce Development Director, and she has been tasked with leading the expansion of the apprenticeship program into other parts of the state.
Patty was formerly the Vice President of Program for a national organization, Alliance for a Healthier Generation. She is skilled in building and expanding community based programs, leading teams in a remote environment, and engaging partners in local, state, and national community health programs. We have loved having Patty on the team here at Tennessee Rural Health!
  • Day on the Hill Don't forget to register to join us at the annual RHA of TN's Day on the Hill on May 9th. Register for the event here.

  • St. Jude International HPV Awareness Seminar St. Jude is hosting four seminars on HPV Cancer Prevention Program leading up to International HPV Awareness Day on March 4th. Register for the seminars here.

  • Alzheimer's Association Virtual webinar titled "Black Dementia Minds" on February 16, 2022 at 12:00pm CST bringing awareness around dementia and its impact on the Black community. Register for the event here.

  • Health Resources and Services Administration’s Maternal and Child Health Bureau (HRSA MCHB) is hosting a webinar to learn about innovations in public health surveillance during the COVID-19 pandemic and the availability of new data. Register here.

  • Dopesick: Beyond the Book and Show This panel discussion with author Beth Macy will be held at the Bijou Theater in Knoxville. Register for the event and find out more information here.

  • Resources for School-Based Behavioral Health Professionals During COVID-19 This is a four-part virtual training series on working with youth, parents, and other professionals during a global pandemic. Find out more info and register here.

  • Leadership Academy The leadership academy meets for 10-weeks; 6 live, group sessions, and 4 weeks on-demand. 2022 Online Meetings: May 18, June 1, June 15, June 29, July 13, July 27. Find out more information here.

  • Healthcare in Appalachia This conference is designed to address the unique needs and circumstances in Appalachia. The conference is April 28-30,2022. Find out more information here.

  • University of Tennessee Health Science Center is hosting its 2nd Annual Opioid Conference, "Serving Families affected by Opioid Misuse" in Memphis on May 2-3. Find out more information and register here.


  • Call for Committee Members! If you are interested in being on the spring events committee or the conference committee, please email Allie at

  • SURVEY If you are in a facility that would be subject to the vaccine mandate, please take a few minutes to complete our survey to weigh in on the issue. Providing contact information for follow up is voluntary. Take the survey here.

  • NEW Job Board Rural Health Association is hiring! New jobs have been added to the RHA of TN job board. Those can be found here.

  • NRHA Policy Institute On February 9th, members of RHA met with Tennessee Congressmen and Senators to discuss rural health issues. Find more information on the blog.

  • Mental Health America of the Midsouth Take advantage of MHA's mental health screening tool. Find the Screening tool here.

  • Workshop on Advancing Training in Suicide Prevention Clinical Care The National Institute of Mental Health had a two day workshop in suicide prevention training. Find those webinars here.

  • FDA Update FDA postpones advisory committee meeting to discuss request for authorization of Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine for children 6 months through 4 years of Age. Find the article here.

Funding Opportunities
The below grants have been hand picked to offer new funding opportunities to our members.
Welcome to our New and Returning Members!
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