Community Outreach

Health, Wellness and Injury Prevention

IMPLEMENTATION GOAL: Continue our commitment to provide community benefit activities designed to promote health, wellness and injury prevention for children.
IMPLEMENTATION OBJECTIVE: Remain responsive to the health needs of our community.

Initiative 1

Allergies and asthma

WHO IT HELPS: General pediatric public
DEPARTMENTS RESPONSIBLE: Community Benefit, Pulmonology and Respiratory Care, Legal Services
COMMUNITY PARTNERS: University of Tennessee College of Nursing, pediatricians and nurse practitioners, nurses, nursing students, emergency physicians, schools, granting organizations
ACTIONS: The Breathe Easy Program at East Tennessee Children’s Hospital targets low-socioeconomic, high-risk areas to improve access to health care and descrease asthma disparities. The program provides free asthma screenings and assessments, education, and follow-up phone calls for families with children age 5 and older. The Asthma Collaborative and Call Back Program will continue to: identify education gaps regarding medications and the ability to obtain and fill prescriptions; address environmental concerns.

Initiative 2

Injury prevention

WHO IT HELPS: Children, age newborn to 15 years
DEPARTMENTS RESPONSIBLE: Children’s Hospital Injury Prevention Program, SafeKids of Greater Knoxville
COMMUNITY PARTNERS: Knoxville police, fire, EMS and community child services, SafeKids, worldwide granting organizations
ACTIONS: East Tennessee has seen an increase in drowning events recently. The state is also currently ranked 8th in the country for heat-related fatalities. With this in mind, our organization will continue to partner with appropriate agencies to increase media outreach and community event opportunities, in order to expand our education and outreach programs.

Initiative 3

Safe Sitter classes

WHO IT HELPS: Children, age 11 - 14
DEPARTMENTS RESPONSIBLE: Community Benefit
COMMUNITY PARTNERS: Safe Sitter Program
ACTIONS: East Tennessee Children’s Hospital provides education on correct babysitting techniques & emergency responses.

Initiative 4

Healthy Kids Club

WHO IT HELPS: Elementary school-aged children
DEPARTMENTS RESPONSIBLE: Community Benefit
COMMUNITY PARTNERS: Area schools, Ronald McDonald House Charities, Siddiqui Foundation, East Tennessee Childhood Obesity Coalition
ACTIONS: East Tennessee Children’s Hospital coordinates programs which prevent and reduce childhood obesity by promoting healthy, active lifestyles through family, community and inter-professional collaborations.

Initiative 5

Project ADAM school outreach

WHO IT HELPS: Children in grades 1st through 12th in East Tennessee
DEPARTMENTS RESPONSIBLE: Community Benefit
COMMUNITY PARTNERS: Project ADAM, area school systems, granting organizations
ACTIONS: East Tennessee Children’s Hospital provides life-saving equipment and training in CPR to Tennessee schools and other public areas where children are present. We also partner with schools to provide useful information regarding health and wellness.

Initiative 6

Pediatric resource directory

WHO IT HELPS: Families of children age newborn to 21 years, pediatricians, schools and other agencies
DEPARTMENTS RESPONSIBLE: Community Benefit
COMMUNITY PARTNERS: Multiple
ACTIONS: East Tennessee Children’s Hospital will research and design an online resource directory to help families, pediatricians, school personnel and others in the community find education, information and services. The directory will be a valuable tool to allow access to important information, services and programs that will benefit children and families throughout the community.

Initiative 7

CPR classes

WHO IT HELPS: General public, ages 14 years and up
DEPARTMENTS RESPONSIBLE: Community Benefit
COMMUNITY PARTNERS: American Heart Association
ACTIONS: East Tennessee Children’s Hospital offers CPR classes to families, in order to provide them with the education they need to respond to emergencies in the home.