2016 Phase I Grant Recipients

On June 1, 2016 Trinity Health Foundation of East Tennessee recognized 22 area organizations that will receive more than $227,000 in grants as a part of the 2016 Trinity Health Initiatives Phase I awards.  These grants will be used to plan community health-related projects that will compete for implementation grants later this year.  Over 60 proposals were received from regional nonprofits and they were ranked on impact and merit by the Trinity board.  Issues addressed include access to medical care, healthy life choices, mental health and addiction recovery and family strengthening.  These groups will use the Phase I funding to research and plan details for project operations and sustainability culminating in a proposal for consideration of Phase II implementation funds.

Again this year, both large organization and small organization grants are being awarded.  Twelve Phase I large grants and ten small grants will go to nonprofits across the community.  These grant winners will present a Phase II implementation proposal in September and be eligible for up to $50,000 for small grants and $150,000 for large grants for an approximate $850,000 in project resources to be granted later this year. This year’s 22 recipients and their projects include:

2016 Small Grant Recipients and Trinity Board Members


2016 Phase I Small Grant Awards (up to $5,000)

Good Samaritan Center of Loudon CountyHealthy Lives, Healthy Smiles

Knoxville-Knox County Community Action CommitteeGrandparents as Parents

LifeSavers, IncorporatedSummer Enrichment Program and Boot Camp

Metropolitan Drug CommissionHands of Hope: Mentoring At-Risk Moms

Our Daily Bread of Tennessee, Inc. – Taking Root Tennessee

Our Place Art OrganizationOur Place Art Camp

People Empowering People Project – Community Health and Ministry Project

Wallace Mobile Healthcare Preserving the Vision

Water Angel Ministries180 Gang

W.C. Two –The First Tee of Greater Knoxville – Williams Creek Fellowship and Internship Program

2016 Large Grant Recipients and Trinity Board Members

       2016 Phase I Large Grant Awards (up to $15,000)

Boys and Girls Clubs of the Tennessee ValleyAddressing Childhood Trauma

Breakthrough CorporationBridge to Employment in Service and Tourism

East Tennessee Children’s HospitalNeonatal Abstinence Syndrome Care Coordination Service

Emerald Youth FoundationFamily Strengthening to Promote Positive Youth Development Outcomes

Fort Sanders Foundation – Peninsula HospitalIt Takes a Community to Break the Cycle of Readmissions

Harmony Family CenterGrand Families

Helen Ross McNabb CenterA Shot at Life:  Medication Assisted Treatment

Impact America TennesseeFocusFirst:  A High Tech Vision Care Initiative

Legacy Parks Foundation Baker Creek Preserve Adventure Park

Legal Aid of East Tennessee Doctors as Advocates, Lawyers as Healers

University of Tennessee Medical CenterTrauma Survivors Network

YWCA KnoxvilleSafer and Stronger: Anderson County Domestic Violence Initiative


To find out more about the 2016 Phase I SMALL Grant Recipients, click below:

  1. Access to Care

    Organization: Good Samaritan Center of Loudon County

    Project Title:   Healthy Lives, Healthy Smiles

    The Healthy Lives, Healthy Smiles Phase I is a dental service program of the Good Samaritan Center of Loudon County. The clients of GoodSam are low income adult residents of Loudon County. Most of them lack access to regular dental care. Our Phase I pilot project will serve these adults by locating Hiwassee College Dental Hygiene Program’s (Hiwassee) mobile dental unit in various locations throughout our county during June, July, and August, 2016. Leslie Barkley, Director of the program at Hiwassee, and Dr. Bill Morgan, an experienced dentist who supervises in that program are committed to serving as consultants. Throughout the pilot, they will collaborate with us and our partners to determine the cost of the services (including supplies, equipment, gas, drivers) and our strategies for recruiting dental professionals and for sustaining the services after grant funding.  The Program will be publicized to increase awareness and to assist in raising donations and recruiting volunteers. Hiwassee is committed to providing the mobile unit.

    Mary Diane Binger and Mary Ann Blank, Good Samaritan Center of Loudon Co.








  2. Healthy Life Choices

    Organization:  Our Daily Bread of Tennessee, Inc.

    Project Title:   Taking Root Tennessee

    One of the largest health risks facing our nation today is the quality of the food we consume. In an age where the food distribution industry is dominated by mega-corporations, grocery stores, convenience stores, and fast food restaurants, most children don’t understand the source of their food. As fast food restaurants appear on every corner and grocery stores sell nearly 80% pre-packaged food, it’s easy to forget about nutritious foods. An analysis of U.S. grocery purchases revealed highly processed foods make up more than 60 percent of the calories in food we buy, and these items tend to have more fat, sugar, and salt than less-processed foods. Fresh fruits and vegetables make up a small portion of most grocery stores and are virtually impossible to buy at local convenience stores.

    Children’s palates are formed at an early age and are influenced mostly by the childcare provider where they eat most of their meals. Studies show that children are five times likely to eat foods that they play a part in growing. Our Daily Bread of TN Inc. proposes “Taking Root Tennessee,” a community wellness program that will equip childcare providers with raised bed gardens, adequate training, and age appropriate garden-to-table curricula that will encourage children to be excited to learn about and eat more fresh fruits and vegetables. With this garden experience and adequate nutrition education, Tennessee’s child care providers will have the tools needed to inspire healthier food choices in the children they care for.

    Philip Hester and Joshua Smith, Our Daily Bread of Tennessee, Inc.









    Organization: People Empowering People Project 

    Project Title:   Community Health and Ministry Project (CHAMP)

    People Empowering People Project, Inc. (PEPP) is a grassroots organization whose mission is to empower people with the knowledge, training, and resources necessary to live healthy and productive lives. Our proposed initiative is called Community Health and Ministry Project (CHAMP).   CHAMP will establish an East Tennessee membership of the Health Ministry Association (HMA) to ensure ongoing support and direction for future growth; develop an online faith community nurse (FCN) and health ministry promoters (HMP) program; expand the fitness component of PEPP to include Hamlett Health Circle; and offer health and wellness programs. Collaborators will be Upsilon Chi Chapter of Chi Eta Phi, Incorporated, Western Kentucky University, local universities, hospitals, congregations and other stakeholders.

    The target population will be congregations which are diverse in denomination, size, race and ethnicity in Knoxville and surrounding areas. Statistics show that the state ranked 42nd in the 2014 America’s Health Rankings. The rate of obesity in Tennessee is 2.5 times the national average and 37 percent of residents report that they get no exercise. The health ministry team concept will help people within congregations and communities lead healthy and productive lives using a holistic approach integrating mind, body and spirit.

    Successful impact will be measured by the number of health ministry teams developed, community members making healthy lifestyle changes and development of online training. This project will be financially sustained by teaching the Foundations of Faith Community Nursing Curriculum and Health Ministry Promoter’s (HMP) course, community partnerships, fundraising, in kind services and volunteers.

    DaVett Jones and Betty Blackman, People Empowering People Project








  3. Mental Health and Addiction Recovery

    Organization:   Metropolitan Drug Commission

    Project Title:     Hands of Hope:  Mentoring At-Risk Moms

    In response to the nation-wide opiate epidemic, rates of opiate-addicted Tennesseans have risen dramatically. Tragically, the number of babies born drug dependent, also known as Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome (NAS), has increased at equally alarming rates, especially in East Tennessee. At this time, there are not enough resources to support drug-dependent mothers and their children. With these funds, we will create a mentoring program for new and expectant drug-dependent mothers. Our program, modeled after an existing program in Salem, Oregon, will give these women the tools they need to get and stay drug-free, be effective parents to their children, create safe, healthy homes, and connect them to the resources they so desperately need. Together with our potential collaborators at Renaissance Preferred Prenatal Outcome Network and Susannah’s House, we will surround these women with the social, emotional, and physical support they need so desperately. Given our partnerships and supervision of the Born Drug Free TN program, we are confident that this program will be sustainable once created.

    Holly Fuquay and Courtney Niemann, Metropolitan Drug Commission








  4. Family Strengthening

    Organization:  Knoxville-Knox Co. CAC

    Project Title:  Parents as Grandparents

    In Knox County, approximately 260,000 grandparents have some responsibility for raising their grandchildren.  Parenting grandchildren has arisen out of the brokenness and dysfunction of adult children due to substance abuse, incarceration, divorce, illness, or death.  Of these grandparent households, 60,000-plus are over age 65.  Grandparents As Parents (GAP) plans to offer an ongoing Grandparent Training & Support program that will provide high-quality information, a reliable referral system, and support to the adults who are raising grandchildren to equip them for “parenting again.”  Good information for grandparents exists, but is not mainstreamed and often hard to locate when a crisis occurs and children come into the care of a grandparent.  Initial collaborators will be Bethany Christian Services’ Safe Families for Children, the Department of Human Services, the Department of Children’s Services, the Metropolitan Drug Commission, and Legal Aid of East Tennessee.  GAP, with its collaborators, plans to produce and publish a Knoxville-Knox County Guidebook for Grandparents Raising Grandchildren that will serve as a resource book for all relative caregivers and a training module for grandparents. The training will lead to support meetings that will be sustained through local donations and in-kind contributions.  Partnerships with faith-based organizations will provide meeting space, meals for the grandparents and children, and childcare. Paid advertisements in future printings of the Grandparents’ Guidebook will cover the cost of production, printing, and distribution.  Referring agencies will have access to this resource which will be a vital tool in assisting grandparents.

    Susan Long and Janet Cockrum, Knoxville-Knox Co. CAC









    Organization: LifeSavers, Incorporated

    Project Title: Summer Enrichment Program & Boot Camp

    LifeSavers Incorporated, a non-profit dedicated to empowering young people, is seeking the Trinity Health Foundation “Phase I: Family Strengthening” grant to expand the organization’s free weeklong summer boot camp, serving at-risk youth in Knox County, to a summer enrichment program. The purpose of the summer enrichment program is to provide greater assistance to youth, ages 7 to 13, through academic tutoring, one-on-one mentoring programs, and community service opportunities. LifeSavers Incorporated will continue to collaborate with the Knoxville Police Department Probation and Parole division for the summer boot camp. In addition, community service projects for youth will be sponsored by True House of God Church “Loving Our Community” and “Loving Our Seniors” ministry programs.

    LifeSavers Incorporated is funded through private donations and community fundraisers such as: Kroger Community Rewards, Gospel on Market Square Mall, and Christmas from the East. Funding in the amount of $5,000 is requested for labor of camp staff including: teachers, academic tutors, mentors, off-site community service trips, and the purchase of minimal supplies.

    Teresa Jackson and Derek Tate, LifeSavers, Incorporated

    Teresa Jackson and Derek Tate, LifeSavers, Incorporated









    Organization:   Water Angel Ministries

    Project Title:  180 Gang

    Water Angel Ministries is located in Mechanicsville, a heavily gang populated area. Gangs have infiltrated this area, and target children who are 13 years of age and older. There are approximately 1500 gang members in Knoxville. We started an outreach four years ago called The 180 gang which is a program to provide a safe place for children ages ten and older to gain Godly wisdom, receive love and encouragement, and be inspired to be all God has created them

    to be while minimizing their risk as potential victims. 180 is symbolic of repentance, of doing a U-turn, turning from sin and back to God. The majority of these children are, unfortunately, targets for gang recruitment and for gang expansion, and for their illegal cultures of violence, weapons, drugs, and sex. Many of the children, are residing in drug dealing homes, or one or more of their parents are incarcerated for drug involvement. Currently, the 180 gang meets every Thursday night for dinner, worship, lesson, and games, specially to discuss the elo boost quality service they offer at p4rgaming.com. Our goal is to expand our efforts to reach more children and to increase support to those who are presently served. We have seen and know the difference made when someone encourages them, reveals gifts and talents that they have, and shows them unconditional love in the Spirit of Christ. We hope to work with area churches to partner in mentoring and encouraging each at risk teenager to give them hope for their future. That through God, all things are possible.

    Stephanie Mitchum and Jerri Cable, Water Angel Ministries








  5. Open Topic

    Organization:   Our Place Art Organization, Inc.

    Project Title:  Our Place Art Summer Camp

    Our Place Art Organization Incorporated, in Knoxville, TN is seeking the Phase I (Small Grant Division) Trinity Health Foundation “Planning Grant” to expand the current arts program, from biweekly classes to a summer camp. Our Place Art Organization Incorporated is dedicated to serving Gods people with disabilities and creating a space where people are loved and not judged. Our Place Art Summer Camp will serve youth and young adults with developmental and intellectual disabilities and provide therapeutic programs in: art, dance, music, and teaching basic life skills. Our Place Art Organization Incorporated will collaborate with Sunshine Ambassadors Incorporated and Autistic Events Incorporated on several art and dance related projects.

    Our Place Art is actively seeking funding to contribute to the cost of starting and maintaining the camp. In April 2016, the organization participated in the Belk “Charity Day Sale” and also host fundraising events at Gatti’s Pizza and A.C. Moore Arts and Crafts store. All proceeds raised from these events will be used to cover the cost of renting space at the Knoxville Emporium Center, art supplies, and food.

    Funding in the amount of $5,000 is requested for labor of camp staff including: special education teachers, child developmental therapists, art and dance instructors, travel cost for off-site field trips, and minimal art supplies.

    Syretta Freeman and Angela Hunter, Our Place Art Organization









    Organization:   Wallace Mobile Healthcare, Inc

    Project Title:   Full Service Vision Care

    Wallace Mobile Healthcare, Inc (WMH) is a 501(c)(3), non-profit, faith based corporation founded in 2013 for the purpose of bringing free basic medical, dental, vision and spiritual care to residents of Knox County and surrounding communities who are uninsured and thereby have no access to quality preventive and basic healthcare services.     WMH does not discriminate on the basis of gender, race, religion, or employment status.   Our patients meet a single criterion for services, and that criterion is inability to afford health insurance and basic preventive and maintenance healthcare.     Our patients fall outside of the criteria used to qualify individuals for other programs, such as sliding scale clinics or Tenncare.    The result is untreated serious disease, such as diabetes or hypertension, which can lead to permanent disabilities, such as heart attacks and stroke.   Untreated disease can lead to a life of deeper poverty.     Since its inception, WMH has developed a network of community clinics served by a mobile unit and team on a recurring basis.   Our emphasis is on forging long term, substantive relationships with the communities we work in, so that we can support the health and spiritual needs of the community that will ultimately improve socioeconomic status and lift the community out of poverty and despair.    Support for this important work is provided by grant programs, corporate partnerships and private donations.    Our Clinics are fostering tangible improvements in health and quality of life across the County.    Each year we have been able to expand services offered to become a more complete provider of health and spiritual care.    One of our most important goals for 2016 is to establish a full service vision care program.    We have provided hundreds of pairs of reading glasses since 2013.   One of our foremost priorities is to provide thorough eye examinations, prescription eyewear and diagnosis and treatment for eye disease such as glaucoma and cataracts.    Healthy vision is essential for individuals to lead otherwise healthy, safe and productive lives.

    Beth Roggeman and Sandy Bolton, Wallace Mobile Healthcare, Inc.









    Organization:   W.C. Two/ The First Tee of Greater Knoxville

    Project Title:  Williams Creek Fellowship & Internship Program: Helping At-Risk Youth Successfully Transition from Followers to Leaders

    The Williams Creek Fellowship and Internship Program is a 10 month internship designed to transform at-risk youth from followers to leaders by improving their spiritual, personal, and professional development. For the entire 10 month period interns will live on property and work within the Williams Creek Golf Course (WCGC) operation or The First Tee of Greater Knoxville (TFTGK) program operation; both operations are under the WC Two umbrella. During the 10 month program we will put the interns through a series of workshops, seminars, discussions, classes, bible studies, and experiences aimed to help them develop a foundation built on faith, develop core values, and develop a five year plan that will hopefully lead towards financial stability and long term success. The long term goal is for these young men to become contributing members of society, obtain stable sustainable employment, end the cycle of fatherless families and generational poverty ultimately becoming leaders and role models in the community through service and volunteerism. There is a tremendous need for this program for at-risk African American males between the ages of 18 to 24 in the Knoxville community where there is a high rate of fatherless homes and violent crimes. We will collaborate with the same partners and leverage resources that allow us to successfully sustain and operate TFTGK and WCGC. We are currently working with the City of Knoxville as a major potential collaborator and sponsor of the program.

    Hallerin Hill and Diondre Jackson, W.C. Two – The First Tee










To find out more about the 2016 Phase I LARGE Grant Recipients, click below:

  1. Access to Care

    Organization:  Impact America Tennessee

    Project Title:  FocusFirst

    FocusFirst provides a cost-effective direct response to the vision care problems of children who live in urban and rural communities. Poor vision adversely affects tens of thousands of children each year, leading to a substandard education, behavioral risks, and low self-esteem. Impact America – Tennessee staff, in collaboration with students from area universities and colleges, provide free vision screenings to children, ages six months to five years, at Head Starts and daycares located in low-income neighborhoods. High-tech, digital cameras are used to perform the screenings. All children failing the screenings receive follow-up care from local eye care providers through a partnership with Sight Savers America.

    A pilot effort to screen 1,000 children in Knox County was held in April 2016.

    During Phase I of a Trinity Health Foundation grant award, using lessons learned from the April pilot, we focused on establishing meaningful, curriculum-based partnerships with the University of Tennessee and Tusculum College. We will collaborate with professors to introduce FocusFirst as a service-learning component to a range of courses across disciplines, assisting in development of syllabi, relevant course readings, and suggested coursework. We would also develop additional partnerships with local childcare centers and Head Start organizations. Phase II would focus on a large-scale implementation of FocusFirst in the

    Foundation’s nine-county focus area, with our staff recruiting students to participate, conducting trainings, and supervising screenings at several hundred childcare centers to screen more than 9,000 children.

    Dina Kostrow and Stirling Hutchins, Impact America Tennessee









  2. Healthy Life Choices

    Organization:   Legacy Parks Foundation

    Project Title:  Baker Creek Preserve Adventure Park

    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates 17% of youth are affected by obesity, making them at risk for heart disease, stroke, and diabetes. Youth obesity is highest in families at or below the poverty threshold, and racial disparities find it primarily in Hispanic and black youth. In a recent Knox County schools Body Mass Index study, 27% of students in South Knoxville are overweight or obese. South Knoxville has a larger minority population, higher number of families below the poverty line, higher diabetes mortality rate, fewer accessible park facilities, and less support for physical activity than the county as a whole.

    Studies show that creating an activity-friendly environment is one way to turn around the alarming trends and consequences of obesity. Legacy Parks will build the Baker Creek Preserve Adventure Park connecting South Doyle Middle School to the Urban Wilderness trails. The park will be easily accessible to students, their families, the neighborhood, and will benefit the entire region by providing an innovative, safe environment that encourages physical activity with a variety of fun and challenging features. The enjoyable, free-play activities will increase physical activity while developing healthy lifelong habits.

    Collaborating with Knox County’s Health Department, Great Schools Partnership, Knox County Schools, City and County Parks, and other outdoor activity organizations, Legacy Parks will demonstrate the proven correlation between accessible recreation amenities and improved health.  Upon completion, the park will be conveyed to the City of Knoxville for sustained management and maintenance.

    Carol Evans and Cameron Broome, Legacy Parks Foundation








  3. Mental Health and Addiction Recovery

    Organization:   Fort Sanders Foundation – Peninsula Hospital

    Project Title:    It Takes a Community to Break the Cycle of Readmissions

    A significant portion of behavioral health problems can be solved with the right community involvement. Many of the approximately 5,000 patients a year entering Peninsula Hospital can return to productive lives but the solution can be complex because of its many challenges. The problem that stands out above the rest is having reliable transportation for discharged patients to attend their outpatient appointments. Transportation is especially difficult for uninsured patients being admitted to Peninsula Hospital and this is why we have selected them as our target population. Often, uninsured adult patients do not have a reliable vehicle or a strong support system to assist them. If these patients are unable to make their appointments, then they will not be able to stay on their prescribed medications. Our plan is to take a nationally recognized “wraparound” approach, working with existing agencies and organizations in the area to create a reliable transportation method and, consequently, remove a barrier to obtaining medications. Discharged patients who successfully get to outpatient treatment will then be able to start down the path to productive lives. The key is to establish partnerships with community providers to support the needs of targeted patients by creating an individualized wraparound plan. To accomplish this we will develop an outreach program with each of the providers interested in joining our team. We will also build accurate and reliable data to show other potential funders the value of investing/reimbursing for post-discharge transportation and, subsequently, reducing the cost of patient readmissions.


    Liz Clary and Claudia Werner, Fort Sanders Foundation – Peninsula Hospital

    Liz Clary and Claudia Werner, Fort Sanders Foundation – Peninsula Hospital









    Organization:   Helen Ross McNabb Center

    Project Title:  A shot at life: Medication Assisted Treatment for repeat, nonviolent offenders with substance use disorders

    Tennessee is experiencing a substance abuse epidemic that has led to devastating outcomes, touching all corners of our community. Approximately 45 percent of people who are incarcerated have both substance use disorders and mental health conditions, representing a significant number of people in need of effective treatment for substance use disorders in jails and prisons. Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) programs targeting nonviolent offenders with opioid dependency disorders are reporting successful outcomes in reducing recidivism and relapse rates. The nation’s leading jail‐based MAT program, using injectable naltrexone, known commercially as Vivitrol, is located in Barnstable County in Massachusetts. The Helen Ross McNabb Center (HRMC) is proposing to visit the Barnstable County Sheriff’s Office, with Knox County Sheriff’s Office (KCSO) and Knox County District Attorney’s Office (KCDA), to research the MAT models in their community.

    The proposed pilot will demonstrate the potential cost savings and community benefit of a MAT program, which will help collaborators determine long‐term program funding. Ultimately, the goal of the pilot is to provide substance abuse treatment options for individuals affected by opioid substance use disorders to reduce recidivism and relapse rates. The project is anticipated to improve the quality of life for thousands of people and reduce the short‐term and long‐term costs associated with incarcerating individuals with untreated opioid substance use disorders in East Tennessee.

    Houston Smelcer and Emily Scheuneman, Helen Ross McNabb Center







  4. Family Strengthening

    Organization:   Emerald Youth Foundation

    Project Title:  Family Strengthening to Promote Positive Youth Development Outcomes

    Jackie is a high school junior and one of seven kids. After Jackie’s father abandoned them, Jackie’s mother slipped into depression and soon developed an addiction to her prescribed medication. At school, Jackie’s grades began to slip as she was forced to pick up the slack at home in her mother’s stead, doing things like preparing dinner each night for the whole family. Jackie, who once had plans for college, begins to feel hopeless about her situation. Teachers begin to ask questions, but Jackie is too embarrassed by her mother’s addiction to open up. This is a story that’s not uncommon for the 12,000 economically-disadvantaged youth living in urban Knoxville where significant gaps exist in the critical development areas of faith, learning, relationships and health. For lasting impact on the lives of at-risk children and teenagers, a two-generation strategy for youth development is necessary. Emerald Youth Foundation seeks to improve outcomes for youth and their parents who live in Knoxville’s inner-city and first-ring neighborhoods. Emerald will act as a catalyst for family strengthening in the inner-city and will facilitate the increased engagement of faith-based organizations with parents in urban Knoxville neighborhoods. By designing a parent leadership development program, Emerald hopes to reduce some of the pressures and stressors that fall especially on urban parents. A grant from Trinity Health Foundation would allow Emerald to utilize research on best-practices across the country and design a program tailored to the families of inner-city Knoxville.

    Shara Shoup and Anne Marie Atkins, Emerald Youth Foundation









    Organization: Harmony Family Center

    Project Title: Grand Families

    Harmony requests support for Grand Families – a pilot project that will provide help for East Tennessee grandparents raising their grandchildren. Increasingly U.S. grandchildren are being raised in grandparent-headed households. Many of these children have suffered trauma.

    The causes of family instability include an epidemic of drug use in Tennessee, incarceration, divorce, and economic distress – often resulting in child abuse and neglect. Grandparents frequently take on this role to prevent their grandchildren from entering foster care.

    Children do best in families. Our goal is to create a program model for helping more children grow up in healthy, stable families (not state care) by empowering grandparents as primary caretakers – to strengthen the family and to take advantage of grandparents’ experience and knowledge. Grandparents are often unprepared for the responsibility of caring for grandchildren – especially children with physical and behavioral problems caused by traumatic abuse and neglect. Many of these grandparents are unaware of how to access available resources; as a result, these grandparents request and receive fewer services than foster and adoptive parents.

    Grand Families is based on Harmony’s ASAP (Adoption, Support, and Preservation) program, which has a 98% success rate in keeping families of children adopted from the child welfare system together. Using evidence-based therapeutic models, Harmony will provide trauma-focused therapy, family support groups, education, case management, and referrals for grandparent-headed households in Knox and surrounding counties. Partners: Ridgeview Behavioral Health Services and Metro Drug Commission will be resources for mental health services and substance abuse education and prevention.

    Pam Frye and Pam Wolf, Harmony Family Center

    Pam Frye and Pam Wolf, Harmony Family Center








    Organization: YWCA Knoxville

    Project Title: Safer & Stronger: Anderson County Domestic Violence Initiative

    The YWCA Knoxville requests $15,000 to begin developing comprehensive victim advocacy services for people experiencing domestic violence in Anderson County. Current services are limited to one support group and an occasional victim advocate, so Phase I will involve a needs assessment to determine necessary and feasible services for Phase II implementation. We expect to increase victim advocacy by adding professional and volunteer advocates and to increase the capacity of the justice system, churches, and organizations to support victims by offering training and community education. This initiative will save lives by improving safety and family relationships, ensuring that victims can successfully navigate the court system, and helping the wider community understand domestic violence dynamics and resources. Anderson County representatives asked YWCA Knoxville to lead this initiative, and we have already identified thirteen potential partners, from the Anderson County Police Department to St. Mary’s Catholic Church. A 117-year-old fixture in Knox County, YWCA Knoxville has an impressive history of sustaining new programs through diverse funding streams by using the initial period of programming to build evidence for increased funding CA of East Tennessee.

    (c)2008 Neil Studios

    Maggie McNally and Alle Lilly, YWCA








  5. Open Topic

    Organization:   Boys and Girls Clubs of the Tennessee Valley

    Project Title:  Addressing Childhood Trauma (ACT)

    Many of the children served at the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Tennessee Valley (BGCTNV) have or will likely experience “Adverse Childhood Experiences” (ACEs). ACEs are stressful and traumatic experiences that disrupt the safe and nurturing environments that children need to thrive. Examples of ACEs include child maltreatment, family dysfunction, witnessing community violence, and living in poverty. To address this need, BGCTNV is requesting $15,000 from the Trinity Health Foundation for a planning grant to develop a comprehensive trauma‐informed care model, called ACT (Addressing Childhood Trauma), to serve youth ages 5 – 9 who attend our Clubs. The ACT program, led by a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW), will provide four levels of support to youth, piloting the Positive Action program under Tier 1, teaching all youth resiliency skills and building protective factors. Tier 2 and Tier 3 will have Licensed Master Social Worker (LMSW) staff and UT

    CSW and ETSU BSW/MSW interns to provide small group support and individual mentoring for targeted intervention. Tier 4 involves referring and connecting youth to mental health agencies (partnerships to be developed) to provide more intensive therapy than BGCTNV could provide. BGCTNV plans to use the outcome  results of the pilot ACT program (for which funds are requested) to justify to funders the importance of integrating the ACT program into BGCTNV’s other ongoing grant‐funded programs, which target the outcome areas of: Academic Success, Healthy Lifestyles, and Strong Character & Citizenship (leading to sustainability).

    Ann Bowman and Bart McFadden, Boys and Girls Clubs of the TN Valley









    Organization:   Breakthrough Corporation

    Project Title:  Bridge to Employment through Service and Tourism

    The Bridge to Employment in Service and Tourism (B.E.S.T.) project will provide career exploration in the hospitality and tourism industry through onsite training and placement in a hospitality setting for working-aged people with significant disabilities and barriers to employment.  In the state of Tennessee, according to the Disability Status Report of 2015 for the state of Tennessee, from Cornell University Employment and Disability Institute, there are only 30.2 percent of working aged people (21-64) with a disability who are employed compared to 76.3 percent of people employed without a disability. That leaves a gap of 46.1 percentage points.  The project will provide nine 12 week internships that include coursework and training rotations through various jobs at the host site. Upon completion of the program, interns will be hired by either the host employer or other collaborating employers.  The initial site will host 4 internships per year serving at least 10 interns each session.

    Ed Holbrook and Kendrise Colebrooke, Breakthrough Corporation









    Organization:   East Tennessee Children’s Hospital

    Project Title:  Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome Care Coordination Service

    East Tennessee Children’s Hospital (Children’s Hospital) respectfully submits an Open Topic proposal to the Trinity Health Foundation of East Tennessee for research and development of a care coordination service for infants suffering from Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome (NAS). NAS is a group of withdrawal symptoms that occur in infants exposed to opioid drugs during fetal development. Tennessee has seen dramatic growth in the number of newborns with NAS. In 1999, less than 100 children were diagnosed with NAS according to the Tennessee Department of Health. By 2010, over 500 cases reported. In 2015, the number of NAS births in Tennessee had risen to 986 with 32.7% (323 babies) being treated at Children’s Hospital. Since 2010, the hospital has treated 1,354 infants with NAS. Situated at the center of this epidemic, Children’s Hospital is a leader in the establishment for treatment protocols of patients with NAS and training of their caregivers. However there is a gap in tracking, support and follow-up for a significant number of these infants and their caregivers after discharge. While some receive the support and care they need, others are lost to follow-up.  The African proverb, “It takes a village to raise a child” certainly applies to infants with NAS who begin their lives in withdrawal. While babies are hospitalized in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) to support their withdrawal from the drugs to which they were exposed in utero, the Department of Children’s Services, the court system and family are involved in making decisions about the needs and abilities of the parents and developing a plan for the infant after discharge. Some children are able to go home with parents, others to guardians or foster families. Care coordination services are needed to help address the infant and family’s needs throughout the first few years of life to mitigate the potential long-term effects of opioid exposure.

    Hella Ewing and Tracie Savage, East Tennessee Children’s Hospital









    Organization: Legal Aid of East Tennessee

    Project Title: Doctors as Advocates – Lawyers as Healers

    One in six people live in poverty. Each has at least one civil legal problem that negatively impacts his or her health.  Imagine the frustration of a pediatrician who must send a sick child home to a moldy apartment, only to see the child return repeatedly because they didn’t respond to medical treatment… or a physician who can’t release a successfully-treated patient from the hospital because the patient has no home to which they can return.  Not every factor that exacerbates an illness is medical.

    Legal Aid of East Tennessee (LAET) proposes to begin a Health-Law Partnership (HLP) in cooperation with Knoxville and Blount County hospitals.  This project builds on the success of LAET’s partnership with Erlanger Hospital in Chattanooga, and will place a legal aid attorney in a local hospital setting with the support of the staff of LAET.  The proposed Knoxville HLP includes civil legal representation of low-income patients referred by medical teams.  The HLP focuses on addressing legal matters impacting the health of patients, cross-training between the attorney and healthcare professionals, distributing legal educational information, and documenting services and outcomes, including economic benefit to both patient and hospital. The planning phase of this project will study the feasibility of partnering with a single hospital, placing an HLP office within a cluster of hospitals and clinics to serve patients from multiple facilities, or developing an off-site office from which legal staff commute between hospitals to serve patients. This phase will also explore models for sustainability of the project.

    Bill Evans and Debra House, Legal Aid of East Tennessee

    Bill Evans and Debra House, Legal Aid of East Tennessee









    Organization: University of Tennessee Medical Center

    Project Title: Trauma Survivors Network

    The University of Tennessee Medical Center (UT Medical Center) is submitting an Open Topic Phase I proposal for development of its Trauma Survivor Network (TSN) program. UT Medical Center is a level I trauma center that serves not only Knox County but 21 surrounding counties. Most of the patients that will be seen by the TSN program have been in motor vehicle accidents, fell from standing or height, and have possibly experienced a brain injury. The social and emotional needs of trauma survivors is important to their recovery while in the hospital as well as when a patient has been discharged.  In an effort to make sure that patients medical, social and emotional needs are met, the TSN Coordinators act as a liaison that is there for trauma patients and their families, UT Medical Center has started a TSN program at the hospital and it is one of 8 medical centers nationally that has dedicated staff in order to implement the program with fidelity.

    The UT Medical Center’s TSN program currently collaborates with the American Trauma Society (ATS) and is connecting with several other programs within the hospital to offer opportunities to trauma survivors; such as the Health Information Center, Pastoral Care and the Cancer Institute’s integrative healthcare program. UT Medical Center was able to hire two part-time staff through a gift fund to implement the TSN program.  Other sources of funding, such as city and state funds are being researched and applied for to sustain the program.

    Niki Rasnake and Elizabeth Waters, University of Tennessee Medical Center