Programs Overview: Our programs improve the health, safety, and well-being of Tennessee’s children.

Below is a summary of programs for which the Foundation has helped aquire funding and/or assisted in implementation.

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Current Programs of the Foundation

"Project PACT (Parents Actively Controlling Tobacco)" (An effort to prevent children’s access to tobacco products in the home) 

Project PACT (Parents Actively Controlling Tobacco) aims to reduce and even eliminate children’s access to tobacco by encouraging parents to secure tobacco products, much like they would alcohol in the home. The project is an intervention to study the effect of physician-led parent counseling. Based at a private practice in Memphis, sixty families have participated in the intervention and received complementary, supportive educational materials. A team at the University of Memphis, under the guidance of Leslie Robinson, PhD, will be analyzing data throughout the first few months of 2012 and a final report and publication of results will be available in June. If the data makes a strong case on the benefits of pediatricians counseling parents in securing tobacco, the Foundation will seek further funding to expand the program to other areas of Tennessee. More...

HEALED

HEALED aims to train primary care physicians and their staff in the prevention, assessment and treatment of childhood obesity. The training program provides an efficient method of implementing best-practice guidelines into the practice protocol. Currently piloted in 10 practices in Chattanooga/Hamilton County, HEALED follows the model of TNAAP's Screening Tools AND Referral Training (START) program. The training program is evidence-based, uses a team approach, and provides tools and strategies to assist primary care physicians and their staff in reducing the frustration of "not knowing what to do" with overweight and obese children. Ultimately, patient care and satisfaction will improve because parent and patient concerns will be addressed. The Foundation is currently seeking funding to expand the project statewide. More...

The Early Periodic Screening, Diagnosis and Treatment (EPSDT) and Coding Education program

The Early Periodic Screening, Diagnosis and Treatment (EPSDT) and Coding Education program provides awareness and education regarding age-specific recommendations and appropriate coding and documentation to practices and primary care providers. The Coding Educator performs project activities, including personal office visits, office-based trainings and regional trainings. Other services include printed reference and educational materials and access to resources through the TNAAP website. These activities encourage provision of appropriate services, accurate coding and documentation, and outreach to families to promote well child visits. Ongoing support for existing and new providers will be necessary as factors of the "landscape" change, such as changes in immunizations requirements, regulatory changes and adoption of Electronic Health Records. More...

Past Programs of the Foundation

Vitamin D Campaign

The Foundation provided informational brochures and posters (free of charge) to pediatricians, hospital newborn nursery directors, and WIC nutritionists throughout Tennessee, to help educate parents about adequate Vitamin D intake for the prevention of nutritional rickets. More...

Bicycle Helmet Safety Initiative

We produced and distributed over 100,000 educational brochures statewide about the importance of wearing a helmet while biking, including information about Tennessee law, statistics on head injuries and instructions for properly fitting and wearing helmets. More...

Healthy Weight Management Program

Partnering with local Middle Tennessee youth fitness groups, the Foundation acquired funding to provide scholarships to obese children with financial need (referred by local pediatricians) to participate in a program of exercise, nutrition counseling and life-skills coaching to attain and maintain a healthy weight and lifestyle. More...

Middle School Walk/Run Program

The goal of this Middle Tennessee program was to improve the long-term health of children by promoting walking and running as lifelong exercise. The year-long program worked with five public schools to provide an opportunity for students to participate in an exercise program before or after school with weekly lessons on nutrition and fitness. More...

Oral Health Screening Project

Based in upper East Tennessee, this project, spearheaded by a member pediatrician, educated children and families about proper oral health care. Volunteers distributed “Oral Health Kit” backpacks which included a toothbrush, tooth paste, mouthwash, floss, an educational brochure and a voucher for a free oral health exam by a local dentist. More...

Breastfeeding Is Best

Developed by Dr. Margreete Johnston, this project printed 40 signs promoting breastfeeding. These signs are currently posted in 40 buses in the Nashville Metro Bus Transit System. More...