Community of Practice

What is a Community of Practice?

 “Groups of people who share a concern or passion for something they do and learn how to do it better as they interact regularly.” – Étienne Wenger 

The Health Council Community of Practice (CoP) supports local and regional TDH staff and community members who are involved in County Health Council work. With a focus on equity and community engagement, the Community of Practice provides a structured space to celebrate successes, share best practices, build skills, and foster connections that cultivate leadership among County Health Council participants and support staff.

For broader information relevant to Health Councils, such as funding and training opportunities, sign up for the Health Council monthly newsletter here.

For more information on the CoP, please email Atlee Tyree, Community Engagement Strategist, at

CoP Summit Success Stories WordCloud

Monthly Networking Calls

The CoP meets online the 3rd Thursday of every month to spotlight Health Council work, network, and share resources. If you would like to attend these meetings and receive updates specific to the CoP, please join the mailing list here

October 2023 (McMinn County Health Council Spotlight): Slides and YouTube Recording

December 2023 (Cocke County Health Council Spotlight): Slides and  YouTube Recording 

January 2024 (Tennessee Vitality Toolkit Launch): Slides and YouTube Recording 

February 2024 (Trousdale County Health Council Spotlight): Slides and YouTube Recording 

March 2024 (Campbell County Health Council Spotlight): Slides 

April 2024 (CoP Feedback Activities): Slides 

May 2024 (Spring Summit Recap): Slides

Spring Summits 2024

In April and May, the CoP gathered in Jackson, Lebanon, and Knoxville for a series of Spring Summits to build relationships, learn from each other, and improve public health skills. The summits included breakout sessions such as a Data Walk, SMARTIE Goal Setting, and Social Determinants of Health 101.  

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West TN Spring Summit at the Agricultural Research and Education Center in Jackson, TN
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Networking activity during the Middle TN Summit at the Farm Bureau Expo Center in Lebanon, TN
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Health Council Spotlight Poster Gallery
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Data Walk activity station during the East TN Summit at Bridgewater Place in Knoxville, TN