Appendix D: Focus Group Summary Listing & Findings

Six focus groups were conducted for ETCH by evaluators from the College of Social Work Office of Research and Public Service (SWORPS) from the University of Tennessee. A focus group was conducted with the following groups:

  1. East Tennessee Children’s Hospital Family Advisory Council
  2. Regional coordinated school directors
  3. Regional health department directors
  4. East Tennessee Children’s Hospital Board of Directors
  5. Primary care physicians
  6. East Tennessee Children’s Hospital management team

While each group offered a unique perspective on the issues facing the communities served by East Tennessee Children’s Hospital that was influenced by their roles and professions, there was tremendous overlap between groups. From these groups, a number of common themes regarding issues that need to be addressed emerged: childhood obesity, mental and behavioral health, parental substance abuse, and neonatal abstinence syndrome. Full reports from each focus group are available upon request by utilizing the contact information available on the Implementation Strategy page.