2014 Phase II Grant Recipients
Cokesbury United Methodist Church
Project Title: Susannah’s House-Building a Place for Hope
Mothers and babies share many things. They share a special relationship that’s like no other. They share physical traits. They share a bloodline. And, in ever increasing numbers, they share an addiction. East Tennessee has the second largest number, nationally, of infants born dependent on the opioid drugs abused by their mothers, resulting in a condition called NAS – Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome. Susannah’s House is a faith-based organization sponsored by Cokesbury United Methodist Church that serves the spiritual, physical and emotional needs of mothers and their prenatally exposed infants who are recovering from substance abuse. Cokesbury Church is leasing the former Wesley House Community Center in Knoxville to be the home base for Susannah’s House programs. Renovations have begun on the house, sponsored by Cokesbury members. Event registration relies on first come, first serve – because of the small availability of spots available. Susannah’s House day programs will be available to assist mothers in maintaining sobriety following their initial treatment for drug abuse. Our program will include a holistic module designed for mothers recovering from opioid addiction. It will be run by professionals in the recovery and social services fields and will be supported by volunteers. Sustainability will be by grants, donations, fund-raisers and special offerings. A successful collaboration with and referrals from local hospitals, the Knox County Health Department, the Knox County Family Drug Court, the Metropolitan Drug Commission and Susannah’s House will lead to a reduction in substance-exposed infants. Mothers will maintain sobriety and children will be nurtured in healthier environments.
East Tennessee Children’s Hospital
Project Title: Telehealth: Improving access to Pediatric Sub-Specialists
When a primary care physician identifies a unique health problem in a child, early evaluation, diagnosis and treatment improve outcomes. A major barrier to early treatment for low-income families in rural areas is transportation. East Tennessee Children’s Hospital will establish a Telemedicine Service to increase access to Pediatric Specialists for patients who live in Grainger County and northeastern Jefferson County. In order to improve access to subspecialty pediatric physicians by families in both of these counties, and also to offer convenient testing, Children’s will establish a remote telemedicine site at Morristown Hamblen Hospital (MHH). By the end of the first year, seven pediatric subspecialists are to be practicing telemedicine through that site. The Trinity Grant will fund the purchase of equipment, promotion, connectivity, staff education and general operations for the program’s first year. Future sustainability is ensured by implementation of Tennessee law mandating physician reimbursement for telemedicine visits, continuing use of equipment, and support from Children’s and partnering facilities.
Fellowship Evangelical Free Church
Project Title: Knoxville Collaborative Marriage Initiative
A stable, healthy marriage is strongly linked to physical and emotional health and is a fundamental building block of a healthy community. However, Tennessee is one of ten states with highest divorce rates and broadly accessible programs for strengthening marriage are nonexistent in Knoxville. This project will equip clergy and volunteers to effectively deliver research-based programming that provides couples with necessary tools to improve and preserve marital quality across time. Delivered in churches and community settings, these programs will be accessible to all couples in the Knoxville area regardless of ability to pay. Project goals include: (1) to establish relationship programming that is effective and accessible to a diverse group of couples of all income levels; (2) to train clergy and volunteers to provide this programming; and (3) to create a strong, integrated network of clergy and community leaders in order to build a transformative and lasting system to strengthen marriages and families in Knoxville.
Eight church organizations and experts from the University of Tennessee and University of Denver are committed to this project. A community partnership campaign will be led to link other foundations and organizations to this effort.
Visit their website for more information on the Knoxville Marriage Initiative: https://www.knoxvillemarriageinitiative.org/
Helen Ross McNabb Center
Project Title: Access to Mental Health Care for East Tennessee Children and Adolescents
The Helen Ross McNabb Center’s telepsychiatry project will provide greater access to high quality psychiatric care for East Tennessee children, adolescents and adults affected by mental illness, particularly those in rural locations. With a national shortage of psychiatrists, it is rare and fiscally challenging to provide mental health services in rural areas. Telehealth has emerged as a cost-effective alternative to traditional face-to-face consultations between provider and patient. The Center will allocate nurse practitioners and psychiatrists to provide telepsychiatry services in rural communities. The Center will purchase web conferencing equipment for Anderson, Blount, Knox, Loudon, and Sevier counties. Clinical staff will be headquartered in two Knox County outpatient clinics. This option will allow the Center to provide children, adolescents and adults an additional 750 contacts with a psychiatrist or psychiatric nurse practitioner. In 2014, the Tennessee General Assembly adopted Telehealth requiring insurance carriers to provide coverage under for health care services delivered through telehealth. This legislation is key to the project’s long-term sustainability. The project will ultimately improve the quality of life for thousands in East Tennessee communities and reduce the short-term and long-term costs associated with untreated mental illness.
Helen Ross McNabb Center in the news:
Helen Ross McNabb Center’s Telemedicine project was featured on WATE Channel 6 Covering Your Health. Click the link below to watch the Covering Your Health clip to see how the Helen Ross McNabb Center is using telepsychiatry for its patients in the rural East Tennessee areas.
Check out Helen Ross McNabb Center’s Telemedicine project in the July 10, 2015 Knoxville News Sentinel. To read the article, click the link below.
Knoxville Leadership Foundation
Project Title: Better Nonprofits – Better Individuals, Better Neighborhoods, Better Communities, Healthier East Tennessee
Public confidence in nonprofits is key to guaranteeing an exciting future for treating and solving our communities’ most important problems. Non-profits face many challenges in these times of economic downturn and often are not able to make the impact they might if they had more resources to draw from. In 2014, a community dialogue revealed the need for a nonprofit resource center in our region. As an outcome, Knoxville Leadership Foundation spent the past year working with local leaders, experts and focus groups to assess the need for a center to serve East Tennessee. This work culminated in the concept for the Alliance for Better Nonprofits, a center offering critical support services to help nonprofits more effectively achieve their missions. The Alliance for Better Nonprofits will offer these organizations in 25 East Tennessee counties services that include training, consulting, certification and a resource center. Fees for these services will produce long-term sustainability. Trinity’s grant provides the springboard to launch this center to enhance and strengthen the many nonprofits that serve our community.
Visit the Alliance for Better Nonprofits website for more information or to become a member: http://www.betternonprofits.org/