4 Regional Pediatric Health Forums Will Be Held March 3-6

Encouraging Local Families To Have Voice In Children's Health

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

The Pediatric Healthcare Improvement Coalition for the Tennessee Valley will host four regional Pediatric Health Forums.  These open meetings will invite the public to comment on personal experience with local health services for children in the Tennessee Valley (Southeast Tennessee, North Alabama, North Georgia and South Western North Carolina).

The first week of March will be the Tennessee Valley Pediatric Health Week.  PHIC-TV will have four public listening forums in Alton Park, East Side, Dalton and Hixson.  These will be meetings driven by the attendees.  The focus will be perceived barriers to good health, areas of local health success and elements for future needs. 

The Alton Park Forum will be at the Bethlehem Center on Monday, March 3, at 7 p.m.  The Dalton, Georgia forum will be at the Mack Gaston Community Center on Tuesday, March 4, at 7 p.m.  The East Side and East Lake forum will be held at East Side Elementary School on Thursday, March 6, at 4 p.m.  And, the Hixson forum will be held at DuPont Elementary School on Thursday, March 6, at 7 p.m.  Everyone is welcome to attend any of the forums.  Forums will not be limited to the immediate neighborhood community.

The purpose of the forums is to reach out to all families, especially those who utilize a significant amount of pediatric health resources.  Those at the forum will listen to the individual triumph, success, challenges, barriers and dreams for the future as families look to local pediatric delivery of care.  They will also hear the community’s view of barriers to good public health in general.

The Pediatric Health Improvement Coalition of the Tennessee Valley is an organization that is working to improve the health of all children in our region.  This organization is dedicated to breaking down barriers to children to effective and innovative healthcare.  For more information visit healthychattanoogakids.blogspot.com or following on Twitter @PHIC_TV.


Morning Pointe Residents Make Musical Memories At Creekside

Creekside at Shallowford Independent Living invited Program Director Dawn Dunn and residents from The Lantern at Morning Pointe of Collegedale for a piano concert and sing along.  Voices of both community's residents were raised as they joined in on familiar hymns, patriotic tunes, jazz and spiritual collections, and classical numbers. (click for more)

Prescription Drug Abuse Tops Alcohol Abuse In Tennessee

Abuse of prescription opioids, ie: pain medications, is the number one drug problem for Tennesseans receiving publicly funded assistance for treatment services. Over the past decade, substance abuse admissions for prescription drugs like: hydrocodone, oxycodone, morphine, and methadone have increased 500 percent. The situation has driven admissions to treatment facilities up, ... (click for more)

16-Year-Old Shot Near Emma Wheeler Homes

A 16-year-old was shot near Emma Wheeler Homes on Sunday night. At approximately 7:40 p.m., Chattanooga Police received a call of a person shot from a local hospital. Officers spoke to the victim, a 16-year-old black male, who was transported to a local hospital in a personal vehicle. The victim’s injury is minor and non-life threatening. Investigators spoke to the victim ... (click for more)

Helen Burns Sharp Asks Recovery Of Legal Fees In Successful Black Creek TIF Lawsuit

Helen Burns Sharp, citizen activist who sued to try to stop a $9 million Black Creek Tax Increment Financing (TIF) and won, is seeking to have her legal expenses paid by the city and the developers. Ms. Sharp said in a court filing that her legal bills to attorney John Konvalinka are $74,427 thus far. Chancellor Frank Brown ruled in favor of Ms. Sharp, saying the Sunshine ... (click for more)

Decimating The Chattanooga Public Library

Corinne Hill claims that the library is just undergoing a normal weeding process for eliminating books.  She has bragged that she's responsible for the elimination of over 100,000 books - with more to go. "Normal" weeding is not rampant throwing away.  Yes, books go to the Friends for their sale - where they get $2 for a $75 book and thousands wind up being recycled ... (click for more)

The Many Lessons I Learned From Helen McDonald Exum

Helen McDonald Exum was my friend and mentor. As I think of her passing I can only imagine the celebration that is happening in heaven as the news of her arrival is being told. I am sure that there is a party that not only has she organized but that there is not a detail that has been left to chance. I am sure that it is the grandest of events, for you see, she has been planing ... (click for more)