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Information from TN Dept of Health about the Ongoing Novel Coronavirus Outbreak

Evidence Based Home Visiting Programs

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During the first years of a child’s life, many parents face obstacles such as poverty, domestic violence and social isolation. They might feel confused, alone, stressed or overwhelmed by the presence of a newborn and may struggle to meet the needs of their children.

Evidence Based Home Visiting (EBHV) programs can be an effective early-intervention strategy to improve the health and well-being of children and parents. Research demonstrates that young children of families enrolled in EBHV programs show improvements in health and development outcomes and increased school readiness.

EBHV programs:

  • Improve family functioning and parenting skills
  • Link families with appropriate social service agencies
  • Promote early learning
  • Help new parents provide safe, nurturing environments for their children and become more self-sufficient

Families participate on a voluntary basis and are provided with ongoing support in times of need.

The Tennessee Department of Health funds 18 agencies deliver services to 95 counties. Please see the table below to see contact information for Evidence Based Home Visiting programs available in your county.         


Counties Served


Contact Info.

Methodist Le Bonheur Community Outreach


600 Jefferson Ave., Memphis, TN 38105

Shandrian Guinn, Program Manager

901-287-4759 phone

Family Cornerstones Starfish


85 S Ocoee Street Cleveland, TN 37311

Jennifer Ratcliff, Starfish Director

423-559-1112   phone



3400 Prescott Road, Memphis, TN 38118

Kimberly Thomas, PAT Manager

901-577-2500 phone

Center for Family Development (Clarksville)



128 Commerce Street, Suite D Clarksville, TN 37040

Melodye Powers, Program Manager

Phone: (931) 645-3976

Center for Family Development (Shelbyville)

Cheatham, Houston, Moore, Robertson, Stewart, Sumner, Trousdale, Bedford, Franklin, Lincoln, Marshall

514 Belmont Ave., Shelbyville, TN 37160

Melodye Powers, Program Manager

Phone: (931) 684-4676




Coffee, Dickson, Lawrence, Maury, Giles, Hickman, Lewis, Perry, Wayne, Cannon, Humphreys, Van Buren, Warren, Williamson

230 East James Campbell Blvd., Suite 113, Columbia, TN 38401

April Scott, Program Manager


931-490-1580 phone

Exchange Club Stephens Center

Cumberland, Dekalb, Clay, Jackson, Smith, Overton, Pickett, Putnam, Macon, White

616-B N. Church Street, Livingston, TN 38570

Dawn Raines, Program Manager

931-823-6432 phone


Helen Ross McNabb Center


Campbell, Cocke, Knox, Sevier, Grainger, Loudon, Morgan, Roane, Blount, Jefferson, Hamblen

600 Arthur Street, Knoxville, TN 37921

Stephanie Rollins, Program Manager

1-800-255-9711 phone

Nurture the Next (Middle TN)

Davidson, Rutherford, Wilson


600 Hill Ave., Suite 202, Nashville, TN 37210

Jennifer Vaida, Program Manager

615-383-0994 phone

Nurture the Next (East TN)

·         Anderson, Claiborne
Fentress, Johnson
Monroe, Scott, Union

1660 Oak Ridge Turnpike
Oak Ridge, TN 37830


Allison Wentz

(865) 483-7377 phone

Nurture the Next (TN Valley)


Bledsoe, Bradley    Grundy Hamilton·         Marion, McMinnMeigs, Polk, Rhea, Sequatchie

5705 Uptain Road
Chattanooga, TN 37411

Richard Tate

(423) 643-7600 phone

UT Martin- Healthy Families West TN



Dyer, Lake, Lauderdale, Benton, Carroll, Weakley, Henry, Obion, Tipton

204 Hannings Lane, Martin, TN 38238

Sharon Waterfield, Program Manager


Jackson Madison General Hospital







Chester, Crockett, Gibson, Decatur, McNairy, Madison, Hardeman, Henderson, Haywood, Hardin

637 Skyline Dr., Jackson, TN 38301

Katy Myers, Program Manager


East TN Nurse Family Partnership


Carter, Greene, Hancock, Hawkins, Johnson, Sullivan, Unicoi, Washington, Cocke

603 Bert St. Rm. 205 Johnson City, TN 37601

Julie Shoemaker, Nursing Director

423-439-6068 phone

Metro Davidson County Health Department (Healthy Beginnings)


1015 East Trinity Lane, Nashville, TN 37216

Yolonda Radford, Program Coordinator

615-880-2159 phone

Knox County Health Department




400 Fern St., Knoxville, TN 37914

Christel Crawford, Program Manager


 865-594-1159 phone

Sullivan County Health Department



154 Blountville Bypass, Blountville, TN 37616

Courtney Price, Program Manager

423-279-7597 phone

Chattanooga Hamilton County Health Department



921 East Third St. Chattanooga, TN 37403

Jaimee Daily, Program Manager,

423-209-8298 phone



COVID-19 Resources for Parents

Resources from HRSA


Resources for families- dealing with the emotional response

From DCS

Resources for Supporting Children’s Emotional Well-being during the COVID-19 Pandemic
The following guidance, recommendations, and resources are provided by child trauma experts at Child Trends and the Child Trauma Training Center at the University of Massachusetts. The Center is housed at the University of Massachusetts with Child Trends as the lead evaluating agency, with funding from SAMHSA and the National Child Traumatic Stress Network and additional support from HRSA.

Information about how to talk to your kids about coronavirus and what families need to know to stay healthy.


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