Tennessee Public Health Association
Virtual Grand Division Meeting
A Series of Webinars on June 23, 24, 25, and 30, 2020
Agenda Including Webinar Descriptions and Speaker Overviews


TPHA is proud to announce the 2020 Virtual Grand Division Meeting. We will be conducting it virtually by way of Zoom webinars and have a great speaker lineup scheduled for you this year! Join colleagues and friends from across Tennessee’s three Grand Divisions for a great event!  Continuing education credits are available and online registration is below. We look forward to your participation!


June 23 (2:00 pm CDT/3:00 pm EDT)
Sally Causey, MAEd, Executive Director
Rural Resources Farm and Food Education Center

Food Insecurity is a key issue in the Economic Stability domain, one of five place-based domains within the topic of The Healthy People 2020 Social Determinants of Health. This webinar will engage the audience with an interactive discussion to better understand the issues and challenges that are tied to food insecurity including how that relates to public health and health care. The webinar will also present one organization’s strategy for preparing teenagers to be food secure adults.

Sally Causey has been the Executive Director of the Rural Resources Farm & Food Education Center since 1996. A Greene County based non-profit organization, the Farm & Food Education Center works to build a more food secure region through education, entrepreneurship, and sustainability. Sally holds a B.A. in Political Science from the University of North Carolina and a MAEd. from Tusculum University.

Her education and interests revolve around how community members interact to create positive change. Before working with the Rural Resources Farm & Food Education Center, she taught English to women in northern Namibia. Sally is married and has 2 boys ages 14 and 10. She is a 2004 Greene Co. Partnership Leadership Class graduate, is a member of the Greene Co. Health Council. Sally milks a shared Jersey Cow named Bessie in season and one of her favorite activities is to show kids how to milk a cow. In addition to real milk, she loves growing and purchasing fresh veggies. Other loves include historical and genealogical research and sewing on her grandmother’s treadle sewing machine.

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June 24 (2:00 pm CDT/3:00 pm EDT)
Katie Beatty, PhD, MPH, Assistant Professor and Interim Director of Research,
College of Public Health, East Tennessee State University

Dr. Kate Beatty and colleagues at East Tennessee State University examined the effects of poverty on health among 95 Tennessee counties and found dramatic differences in county-level health outcomes by income level. In this webinar, one of the study’s lead investigators will discuss the social determinants of health, the impact of poverty on health, and ways stakeholders such as elected officials, public health leaders, and community members can work to address the social and health needs of their communities.

Kate Beatty, PhD, MPH is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Health Services Management and Policy at the East Tennessee’s College for Public Health. She is the interim director of the Center for Rural Health Research in the College of Public Health and is the Principal Investigator of a study looking at clinical characteristics and practices on contraception provision and utilization. Her research interests include public health services and systems research, performance management, organization theory, rural public health, and coordination of public health and primary care. She received her Master of Public Health with a dual concentration of behavior science and health education and epidemiology and PhD in Public Health Studies at Saint Louis University’s College for Public Health and Social Justice.

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June 25, 2020 (2:00 pm CDT/3:00 pm EDT)
Janet Watkins, MA, Project Coordinator, TN AWARE
Tennessee Department of Education

There is no easy path forward to addressing the issue of adverse childhood experiences among Tennessee’s most vulnerable population, and the current pandemic is only making their challenges, and ours, tougher. This webinar will help participants build and enhance their foundation of knowledge on trauma-informed care in the context of brain science, adverse childhood experiences and resiliency.

Janet Watkins serves as Project Coordinator for Tennessee Advancing Wellness and Resiliency in Education (AWARE) for the Tennessee Department of Education. Janet coordinates and manages the Project AWARE grant and mental health first aid training to youth serving adults statewide. She is currently certified to provide training in Youth Mental Health First Aid, and Mental Health First Aid for Law Enforcement, Corrections and Public Safety, Building Strong Brains-Strategies for Educators, and Restorative Practices. She also works to disseminate information to school districts to assist schools in advancing and maturing the response and recovery portion of their emergency management plan through Tennessee Schools Prepare, a crisis postvention tool.

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June 30, 2020 (2:00 pm CDT/3:00 pm EDT)
Chelsea White and Robyn Burns Russell, Public Health Educators
Tennessee Department of Health, West Region

Studies of athletes have revealed that those who played at least one sport in high school were at greater risk for lifetime prescription opioid use when compared to non-athletes. This webinar will explore this issue in West Tennessee and describe how a multi-county coalition developed a 3-year Action Plan to address opioid abuse in athletes through increasing awareness, education and training and policy change.

Chelsea White serves as Public Health Educator for Weakley County in West Tennessee. Chelsea facilitates evidence-based curriculum to schools across Weakley County to prevent the use of Nicotine and other addicting substances. She is currently a certified American Lung Association Smoking Cessation Counselor. She also works to disseminate information to school districts to assist schools in policy change regarding nicotine use by students, faculty, and staff. In 2019, Chelsea assisted regional and statewide efforts to curb the use of opioids in our developing athletes by inviting community prevention coalitions, coaches, school nurses, and school administration to the Athletes: Keeping Them in the Game Opioid Summit provided by Tennessee Department of Health in partnership with the Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse.

Robyn Burns Russell works as Public Health Educator for Dyer County in West Tennessee. Robyn partners with community stakeholders including the Prevention Alliance of Dyersburg and Dyer County and Dyer County Health Council to provide evidence-based curriculums surrounding opioid and nicotine prevention in schools and at local community events.

Robyn currently serves on the West Tennessee Regional Athletes: Keeping Them in the Game Committee whose purpose is to continue the efforts surrounding student opioid use policies set forth from the 2019 Athletes: Keeping Them in the Game Opioid Summit which provided vital opioid prevention information and resources to community prevention coalitions, coaches, schools nurses, and administration.

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The Virtual Grand Division meeting was hosted using Zoom Meetings. Personalized Zoom links for each individual session were sent shortly before the conference. You can download Zoom to your PC, MAC, phone, or tablet here: Zoom Download Center. You do not need Zoom Meetings to replay the sessions post-conference.

Continuing Education Information

TPHA is glad to announce that continuing education credits have been approved or are pending approval for the webinars. We are committed to keeping you informed since this is an important aspect of these meetings. You can find more information here: Continuing Education information.

Online Registration

Online registration is now closed.