tpha-awardTPHA is proud to announce the winners of the grand division Visionary Awards and the Student Video Challenge award as part of the 2017 TPHA National Public Health Week celebration.

The Student Video Challenge is open to all Tennessee college and university students enrolled in a public health course and challenges them to present in 2 minutes or less public health through their eyes and following the theme of “Healthiest Nation 2030”

The 4th Annual TPHA Public Health Week Student Video Challenge winners are Margaret Rose Bailey, Mary Peyton Hodges, and Sara Stallworth from the University of Tennessee Knoxville. All three are students in Dr. Cristina Barroso’s Introduction to Public Health course, and she was their faculty sponsor. The link to their video is:¬†

The 7th Annual TPHA Visionary Award

The Visionary Award is presented annually in each grand division of the state and winners are announced as part of TPHA’s celebration of National Public Health Week. The award recognizes individuals and groups who dedicate their time, talents, and efforts to promote good health through creating a healthier community in which to live, work, play and grow.

The 7th Annual TPHA Visionary Award Winners are:

East- Jamie Price is a pharmacist at Mac’s Pharmacy in Knoxville. She desires to spread health education beyond the walls of the pharmacy, so that she and her team may focus more on prevention than treatment. The pharmacy provides free educational classes multiple times each month which are open to everyone in the community not just customers. She teachers classes on smoking cessation, COPD, and asthma as needed, and regularly teaches a monthly heart health class called The Beat and twice monthly diabetes class called “The Sweet Spot”. Following the 30 minute class presentation Jamie conducts a “support group” session where she goes above and beyond to answer questions. Her personal touch improves the health of the community.

Middle- Paula Chilton- Hickman County Coordinated School Health Director Paula Chilton works tirelessly to build collaborative partnerships and to seek opportunities that promote health and wellness in the community and school system. She is a respected and trusted leader who is continually planning activities and programs to benefit her community such as the Grinder’s Switch Turkey Trot 5K/10K Run/Walk for all ages and 1 Mile Fun Run for grades K-5; co-chairing the Hickman County Health Council; or collaborating with school food services to create a Second Chance Breakfast Program.

West- Savannah City Commission has secured funding for several projects to improve outdoor safety and walkability in their community including a Safe Routes to School Grant, projects for construction of sidewalks in historic and downtown areas; and a Local Parks and Recreation Fund grant for replacement of playground equipment and new restroom facilities at Savannah City Park are among a few of the projects that will improve the health of the community.