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Tennessee Department of Health
COVID-19 Outreach & Engagement

July 2020 - April 2021

Our COVID-19 Outreach and Engagement Program, a partnership with the Tennessee Department of Health, involved partnering with community based organizations, federally qualified health centers, and agencies for outreach to local communities. 




  • Recruit, train, and guide Student Health Ambassadors to develop health and wellness projects to reduce the spread of COVID-19


  • Develop and distribute a college health survey to ascertain the attitudes and knowledge of undergraduate collegians’ individual health assessment 


  • Produce photo voice/photonovela as qualitative methods for documenting and reflecting community realities around COVID-19 strategies and incidence

  • Convene “listening sessions” in Tennessee regions to gain viewpoints and attitudes on vaccine hesitancy, to better understand fears and mistrust in communities of color




In addition to our four participating HBCUs, the participating universities were:

  • Austin Peay State University

  • East Tennessee State University

  • Middle Tennessee State University

  • The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga

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