Community Connections

The UTC Public Health Program actively collaborates with community, professional, and leading research partners to form a bridge between instructional and experiential learning, enabling our students and faculty to apply classroom knowledge and research with community partners to address community issues. To learn more about our community engagement activities, click on the following link: Overview of MPH Community Experiences.

We value the support and collaboration of the following community connections in Chattanooga:

Advocates for Autism is a non-profit organization that aims to raise awareness and educate the community about autism and individuals on the spectrum. Advocates for Autism raises funds to provide students, families, and adults with resources, support, and education. 

Website: https://advocatesforautism.net 

AIM Center offers employment, education, housing, socialization, and wellness opportunities for adults living with serious mental illness.

Website: https://www.aimcenterinc.org/

The American Heart Association (AHA) is a non-profit organization that is dedicated to ensuring equitable health for all and empowering people to improve their heart health, brain health and well-being. AHA collaborates with numerous organizations and millions of volunteers to fund innovative research, advocate for stronger public health policies, and share lifesaving resources and information.

Website: https://www.heart.org/en/affiliates/tennessee/chattanooga

The American Red Cross is a non-profit organization that provides support to victims of disasters, emergency preparedness, teaches skills that save lives, and supports military members and their families. The American Red Cross of Southeast Tennessee serves Bledsoe, Bradley, Grundy, Hamilton, Marion, McMinn, Meigs, Pol, Rhea, and Sequatchie counties in Tennessee. Website: https://www.redcross.org/local/tennessee/about-us/locations/southeast-tennessee.html

Bridge City Community is a faith-based, non-profit organization, in pursuit of spiritual, racial, economic, and educational reconciliation.

Website: http://www.bridgecitycommunity.com/

Chattanooga in Action for Love, Equality, and Benevolence (CALEB) is a non-profit organization with the purpose of bringing together an institutional coalition of faith-based, labor, and other community organizations in order that their constituents gain a powerful voice in public affairs and issues in the wider community.

Website: http://www.calebcha.org/member-organizations.html 

Cempa is a non-profit organization with a mission to champion healthy communities through compassionate and responsive delivery of education, health, social, and advocacy related services. Their focus is to provide services in underserved communities on education and information to break down social stigmas and help prevent the spread of HIV, Hepatitis C, and Sexually Transmitted Infections.

Website: https://www.cempa.org/

The Chattanooga Area Food Bank is a non-profit organization; leading a network of partners in eliminating hunger and promoting better nutrition in our region.

Website: http://www.chattfoodbank.org/

Cherokee Health System is a federally-qualified health center that offer a wide array of comprehensive health services, including primary care, behavioral health, dental, pharmacy, and addiction services to over 70,000 people living across the state of Tennessee. Cherokee Health System offer sliding-scale fees and no one is ever denied treatment based on an inability to pay. 

Website: https://www.cherokeehealth.com/ 

green|spaces is a non-profit organization that works toward regional sustainability by progressing the way we live, work, and build in Chattanooga and the surrounding region. Website: http://www.greenspaceschattanooga.org

Hamilton County Health Department provides Immunizations, WIC care, Environmental Health issues, Diseases information and more.

Website: http://health.hamiltontn.org/

La Paz Chattanooga is the leading Hispanic and Latino organization in Southeast Tennessee; they offer a health and wellness program to promote the importance of healthy living while providing Latino families the motivation and connections to create healthy habits.

Website: https://www.lapazchattanooga.org/

LAMMA LLC is a new start-up company based in East Tennessee. Their aim is to serve the rural population of Cocke County and to positively impact their health and lifestyle behaviors.

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LifeSpring is a community health ministry whose purpose is to demonstrate the love of Christ in word and deed by providing health education and promotion, medical services, and community advocacy.

Website: https://www.lifespringcommunityhealth.org

One to One Health medical doctors use evidenced-based medicine best practices & make data-driven decisions to reduce wasteful healthcare spending without reducing quality of care.

Website: http://onetooneppn.com/

Remote Area Medical (RAM) Clinic is a major non-profit organization that operates mobile medical clinics delivering free, hight-quality vision, dental, and medical care to women, men, and children who do not have access or cannot afford medical care. 

Website: www.ramusa.org 

Siskin Children's Institute works to improve the quality of life for children with special needs and their families through education, pediatric services, home & community-based programs and outreach services.
Website: http://www.siskin.org/www

The Southeast Tennessee Area Agency on Aging and Disability strive to help older adults and people with disabilities live with dignity and choices in their homes and communities.

Website: http://www.setaaad.org/www

Stout Healthcare is a mobile rehab service, primarily operates in the Health and Allied Services, providing physical, occupational, and speech therapy services.

Website: https://www.facebook.com/Stouthealthcare/

The Bethlehem Center is a faith-based, non-profit organization, transforming lives and work towards empowering inner-city youth and families to lead responsible lives by providing discipleship, education, and leadership development.

Website: https://www.thebeth.org/www 

The Tennessee Department of Health aims to protect, promote, and improve the health and prosperity of people in Tennessee. 

Website: https://www.tn.gov/health 

The Tennessee Men's Health Network is a chapter of the Men's Health Network of Washington, DC. The goal of the Tennessee Men's Health Network is to improve the health and well-being of men and their families across the state. 

Website: http://menshealthnetwork.org/tnchapter 

The Tennessee Suicide Prevention Network (TSPN) is a statewide public-private organization that works to eliminate the stigma of suicide and educate communities about the warning signs of suicide with the ultimate intension of reducing suicide rates in the state of Tennessee. Website: http://tspn.org/

True Health Journey is a private practice in lifestyle medicine that works with their patients offering individualized or group programs using evidence-based tools that center around nutrition, sleep, exercise, stress management, and toxin avoidance.

Website: https://www.mytruehealthjourney.com/

United Way is a nonprofit organization that builds stronger communities in Greater Chattanooga by increasing access to better education, health and stability.

Website: https://unitedwaycha.org/ 

The Urban League of Greater Chattanooga is an affiliate of the National Urban League, the nation's oldest and largest community-based movement devoted to empowering African Americans and other under-served individuals to enter the economic and social mainstream.

Website: http://ulchatt.net/ 

UT Extension provides outreach programs throughout the state such as educational programs in the ares of Agriculture, Family and Consumer Sciences, Community Resource Development, and 4-H Youth Development.

Website: https://ag.tennessee.edu/Pages/default.aspx 

The YMCA is a leading nonprofit organization of men, women, and children joined together by a shared commitment to nurture the potential of kids, healthy living, and fostering a sense of social responsibility. The Y provides services and programs that promote a healthy spirit, mind, and body.

Website: https://www.ymcachattanooga.org/

If you are interested in becoming a community partner, please contact us at mph@utc.edu.

  TDOH   students at the urban league