Primary Prevention Best Practice Webinars

The Office of Primary Prevention hosts a series of webinars to highlight best practices around primary prevention, with a particular focus on initiatives and examples from Tennessee. Recordings of the webinars are available below. To learn about upcoming primary prevention webinars please sign up for the Office of Primary Prevention Newsletter here.

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Faithful Families: Eating Smart and Moving More

Presented by Lisa Fuller, MS, RD, LDN, University of Tennessee Extension

This webinar presents a nutrition and physical activity-based curriculum intended for faith-based organizations. The curriculum focuses on policy changes that promote health in faith-based communities.

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Arkansas Joint Use Agreement Program

Presented by Jerri Clark, School Health Services Director, State of Arkansas

Learn about joint use agreements, which allow the public to use facilities such as playgrounds or walking tracks at schools after hours. This webinar focuses on Arkansas and its program to address obesity through the promotion of joint use agreements.

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Superheroes Working Against Tobacco

Presented by Becky McKinney, Health Educator, Washington County Health Department, Tennessee

This webinar describes a tobacco-based curriculum for students in 4th to 7th grades, and incudes evaluation results from the program.

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Collaborative Social Support for Breastfeeding in Nashville

Presented by Heather Snell, Preventive Health & Wellness Coordinator, Metro Public Health Department, Nashville, Tennessee

To help reduce barriers to breastfeeding, Nashville's Metro Public Health Department worked with several local partners to help create an atmosphere and culture of support for mothers who are breastfeeding.

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Vitamin N: Nature Interventions for Physical and Mental Well-Being

Presented by Ryan Jenkins, Park Manager, Henry Horton State Park; Dr. Denise Werner, Physician, Southeast Regional Health Office; Dr. Rose Vick, Instructor, Vanderbilt University School of Nursing.

This webinar provides an overview of the many physical and mental health benefits of being outdoors. Learn what the research tells us about the benefits of "Vitamin N" in people's overall health and well-being, and about the Tennessee State Parks "Healthy Parks, Healthy Person" program that encourages Tennesseeans to be active outdoors.


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Healthy Development Coordinators and Primary Prevention

Presented by Ashley Davies, HDC, Northeast Region; Lesly-Marie Buer, HDC, East Region; Beth Blevins, HDC, Southeast Region; Kurt Heischmidt, HDC, Upper Cumberland Region; Kasha Harris, HDC, South Central Region; Sara Cox, HDC, Mid-Cumberland Region; and Tim King, HDC, West Region

Learn more about the Tennessee Department of Health's regional Healthy Development Coordinators positions. The built environment plays an important role in shaping the health of Tennesseans, and the Healthy Development Coordinators serve as a link between the worlds of public health, planning, transportation, housing, parks, and others who shape the environments where we live, work, play, and pray. Learn how these positions are promoting the development of healthy places and and hear about example projects from across the state. 

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Chef Academy

Presented by Aubrenie Jones, Health Educator, Rutherford County Health Department, Tennessee

Chef Academy is a hands-on approach for teaching students about healthy habits that last a lifetime. The program educates children about nutrition and food safety, as well as food preparation skills. Children participate in team cook-off competitions, and graduates mentor first-time chefs in the kitchen.

Morning Movement

Morning Movement

Presented by Kayla French, Health Promotion Director, Upper Cumberland Regional Health Office;  Katie Neal, Health Educator, Putnam County Health Department; Michael Cooper, Health Educator, Putnam County Health Department

Morning Movement has been a great way to incorporate 30 minutes of physical activity to school age children in Putnam County.  It allows students to be physically active during the time they arrive at school and wait for the morning bell to ring.  This program has cut down on disciplinary actions while bringing oxygen to the brain to get it functioning properly before the school day begins.  

Mental Health First Aid

Mental Health First Aid 

Presented by Melissa Taylor, RN, BSN, CLNC, CHEP, Nurse Consultant, Northeast Regional Health Office

The Northeast Regional Health Office identified mental health training and response as a gap across the spectrum of responder and receiver organizations.  The Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) training seeks to provide individuals with the knowledge and skills needed to identify anyone experiencing a mental health issue or crisis.  It gives participants the tools to approach the person having an issue and provide basic intervention until professional help can be sought, if needed.  

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Talk With Me Baby: Promoting Language Nutrition For Healthy Brain Development

Presented by Patti Scott, DNP, RN, PNP, NCSN, Clinical Director, TDH-Office of Primary Prevention

Just as healthy food nourishes a growing baby's body, language nutrition nourishes a baby's brain.  Quantity and quality of nourishing language, like healthy food, is critical to brain development.  Learn more about this TDH initiative and how you can help promote language nutrition in Tennessee! 

Athletes: Keeping Them In The Game Opioid Summit

Athletes: Keeping Them In The Game Opioid Summit

Presented by Catherine Sedergren, Assessment and Planning Coordinator/West Region; Myrtle Russell, Director of Community Services/West Region

The West Tennessee Regional Opioid Summit: Athletes: Keeping Them In The Game, is the first known initiative of its kind in Tennessee.  This initiative is different from other programs addressing opioid abuse in that committee members utilized a collective impact approach to move beyond providing basic education and awareness to actively outlining the process of policy change fo the primary prevention of opioid abuse among athletes.  This initiative intentionally involved loal community leaders in both the planning and implementation phases so that participants would leave the summit armed with the knowledge and tools necessary to encourage policy cange designed to prevent opioid misuse among high school athletes and students at large, thereby utilizing an upstream approach to prevent substance misuse before it starts.  

Stop The Bleed

Stop The Bleed

Presented by Wanda Roberts, Regional Hospital Coordinator/East Region; Corie Gouge, Assessment and Planning Coordinator/East Region.  

This national initiative was piloted within the East Region and brought together 70 community partners across the region!  Stop the Bleed is intended to cultivate grassroots efforts that encourage bystanders to become trained, equipped, and empowered to help in a bleeding emergency before professional help arrives.  

OPP: An Introduction

Office of Primary Prevention: An Introduction 

Presented by Leslie Meehan, MPA, AICP, Director; John Vick, Ph.D, Evaluation and Assessment Director; Patti Scott, DNP, RN, PNP, NCSN, Clinical Director; Shannon Velasquez, Built Environment Coordinator; Matt Coleman, MPH, CHES, Primary Prevention Coordinator

The mission of the Office of Primary Prevention is to help Tennessee communiites build a culture of health through livable and nurturing places and spaces so that everyone can reach their full potential.  This webinar will introduce you to the office staff and provide highlights of how they are working to achieve this mission.