Current and Recent Projects

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A-B-C-1-2-3 Healthy Kids in Tennessee - The Center partners with MTSU's Center for Physical Activity and Health in Youth (CPAHY) and the Tennessee Cancer Coalition to educate daycare/preschool providers, parents, and preschoolers on healthy lifestyles to decrease the risk of developing cancer and other lifestyle associated diseases and conditions. Areas of emphasis will include nutrition, active play/fitness, as well as a 'parent-only' module on recognizing the signs and symptoms of childhood cancer. Evaluation measures will include changes in body mass index, dietary intake, and activity level.

Outcome data from the pilot project, which was a component of the Tennessee Comprehensive Cancer Control Project, indicate:

  • 100% of respondents showed an increase in awareness of the Tennessee Comprehensive Cancer Control Coalition post-program.
  • 100% of respondents indicated an 'excellent' or 'very good' understanding of the "A-B-C-1-2-3 Healthy Kids in Tennessee" curriculum post-training.
  • 92% of respondents indicated an 'excellent' or 'very good' understanding of modifiable behaviors related to cancer risk and how to avoid or mitigate them for practicing cancer prevention behaviors post-training vs. 27% of respondents who indicated 'excellent' or 'very good' pre-training.
  • 100% of respondents indicated 'excellent' or 'very good' probability that information from the program would be used in their professional activities.

Principal Investigator: M. Jo Edwards, Ed.D.
Project Coordinator: Cynthia Chafin, M.Ed., MCHES

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Allied Health Study - The Center produces a report entitled Allied Health in Tennessee: A Supply and Demand Study , which addresses education, training, and employment of allied health professionals and serves as a resource for career counseling and advisement. The report describes the employment status of various allied health professions at the National, and state levels; provides current supply information at the state level; identifies areas of need; and gives general state and national employment projections. The first report was published in 1993, subsequent editions were produced in 2000, 2004 and 2010.

Principal Investigator: M. Jo Edwards, Ed.D.
Project Coordinator: Cynthia Chafin, M.Ed., MCHES

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Death Scene Investigation Project - This initiative partners the Center, Continuing Education and Distance Learning, and Audio-Visual Services at MTSU with the state Medical Examiner and the Departments of Health and Children's Services to produce a statewide training program for investigating sudden unexpected infant and child death. The program has been developed for those who train first responders such as EMTs, police, and firefighters. In addition, the project provides an annual SIDS Update meeting for public health staff and provides resources for medical examiners to attend a pediatric forensic conference. In 2007, the project expanded to cover all unexplained deaths to children less than 18 years of age. First responder training was expanded from 5 to 8 hours in 2008. More Information.

Principal Investigator: M. Jo Edwards, Ed.D.
Project Coordinator: Cynthia Chafin, M.Ed., MCHES

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Tennessee Comprehensive Cancer Control Project - The Center works with the Tennessee Department of Health to facilitate activities specific to the Tennessee Comprehensive Cancer Control Plan. The Plan is a comprehensive document outlining specific goals, objectives, and evaluation measurements to prevent and control cancer in Tennessee as determined by the Tennessee Cancer Coalition (TC2), a volunteer group of citizens and organizations dedicated to reducing the burden of cancer in Tennessee. The Coalition includes health care providers, medical centers, universities, researchers, and patient advocates. The Center recently assisted with forming six regional Cancer Coalitions which carry out many of the activities detailed in the Plan. The Center has provided marketing/media activities as well as evaluation activities during various phases of the project, and has coordinated an annual Cancer Summit educational event each year. Coalition website.

Principal Investigator: M. Jo Edwards, Ed.D.
Project Coordinator: Cynthia Chafin, M.Ed., MCHES

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Yes I Can Diabetes Self-Management Program - This project partners the Center with community partners to empower residents diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes and pre-diabetes, and their caregivers, with the knowledge and self-confidence to assume a major role in improving their health and managing their diabetes. Using the evidence-based Stanford University Diabetes Self-Management Program model, and in partnership with the Primary Care & Hope Clinic in Murfreesboro, sessions of the six-week workshops are offered throughout the year at various community locales in the Rutherford County and surrounding area. Community members are trained as workshop leaders to build capacity and sustain the program. More information.

Principal Investigator: M. Jo Edwards, Ed.D.
Project Coordinator: Cynthia Chafin, M.Ed., MCHES

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Tennessee Anti-Tobacco Advocacy Initiative - This project is a statewide initiative to promote anti-tobacco advocacy at the community level. The project aims to provide information and education to the public about the dangers of secondhand smoke, promote the services of the Tennessee Tobacco Quit Line, provide training to health department staff and others involved in tobacco use prevention and control, and build a network of anti-tobacco community advocates. More information.

Principal Investigator: M. Jo Edwards, Ed.D.
Project Coordinator: Gail Hardin, MS, CHES