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The Academic Health Department provides a practice setting where public health graduate students can apply what they are learning in the classroom to the real problems and challenges in the field. At the same time, the AHD provides the KCHD leadership staff opportunities to have direct input on curriculum to increase the applicability of the academic program to workforce needs, with better alignment between what is being taught in the classrooms with what the realities of public health practice requires. The benefits expand in other directions as well: the practice site has access to students, who not only can contribute to the work of the agency, but serve as a source for future employment; and, the faculty have access to programs and data which can facilitate practice-based research.

Camp Koinonia is an outdoor education program for children  ages 7-21 who have multiple disabilities. The program was developed in 1977 at Virginia Tech as part of a class with the primary purpose of providing a meaningful, experiential learning opportunity for university students while involving children and young adults, some with severe disabilities, in outdoor activities that they would not be able to do otherwise. During the first year of the program a counselor/camper duo submitted the winning name for the program – Camp Koinonia. Koinonia comes from the Greek and means ‘fellowship’ and ‘caring community’. Since that time the purpose and mission of Camp Koinonia has been to provide a ‘caring community’ for our campers in sense of true ‘fellowship’. It is also said of Camp Koinonia that this is ’An Experience That Will Last A Lifetime’ which has proven true for hundreds of individuals over the years.

The College of Education, Health, and Human Services Grief Outreach Initiative (GOI) began accepting referrals on October 1, 2008 after Dean Bob Rider’s meaningful experience with a young child whose parent had recently died.

UT students, especially ones training to become school psychologists, clinical mental health counselors, school counselors, nutritionists, and college student personnel administrators, complete training to work as mentors with children suffering from grief or loss. Once training is complete, the students provide support, acceptance, and a safe place for the expression of thoughts and feelings about grief and loss.

The Healthy Eating and Activity Laboratory (HEAL) conducts research on factors, predominantly dietary, that impact on eating regulation and energy balance that can be used to improve behavioral obesity prevention and treatment programs for children and adults.

Kappa Delta Pi (KDP), International Honor Society in Education, was founded in 1911 to foster excellence in education and promote fellowship among those dedicated to teaching. For over a century, the Society has consistently grown, starting with a local chapter to become the international organization it is today, with an initiated membership that exceeds 1.2 million!

Using a variety of programs, services, and products, KDP supports and advances educators throughout the phases and levels of their teaching careers.

The Office of School-Based Experiences (OSBE) is the link between the College of Education, Health, and Human Sciences and our partnering schools where pre-service teacher candidates are placed. OSBE arranges all placements and provides information and support services for candidates, faculty, staff, and school-based partners.

Partners in Sports is the student organization for students at The University of Tennessee who are interested in pursuing careers in the recreation and sport industry. It has more than 190 student members who are active within the sports community of the university and Knoxville. The goal of the organization is to create opportunities for tomorrow’s sports leaders through real world experiences and professional development of students.

PIPES: Possibilities in Postsecondary Education and Science is a five-year project made possible by a Science Education Partnership Award from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) that seeks to make a positive difference in East Tennessee by providing opportunities for tenth- and eleventh-grade students in Campbell and Union counties to explore STEMM careers (science, technology, engineering, math, and medical science) and to promote college awareness.

The University of Tennessee Project GRAD Summer Institute is designed to provide a unique opportunity for students to participate and gain experience in an academic setting. Students are exposed to the academic expectations of college and the personal dimensions needed to succeed as a college student. The Summer Institute also helps students think critically about college as a viable possibility.

Project TRIPS (Therapeutic Recreation in Public Schools. An undergraduate degree in therapeutic recreation prepares students for employment in management and leadership positions with agencies that deliver health care services.  Students are successful in securing employment in psychiatric institutions, physical rehabilitation units, drug and alcohol treatment centers, community-based programs, long-term care facilities, outdoor and school-based programs, and children’s programs. Graduates fulfill the eligibility requirements for the National Council for Therapeutic Recreation Certification.

The Public Health Summer Academy (PHSA) is an annual week-long workforce development activity provided to East Tennessee Regional (ETR) public health practitioners by the University of Tennessee Department of Public Health (UT/DPH) faculty. The PHSA uses an evidence-based public health (EBPH) framework.

The Tennessee Behavior Supports Project (TBSP) at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, provides training, materials, and tools to support administrators, teachers, and staff in the implementation of RTI2-Behavior. Schools that implement RTI2-B can expect a decrease in the number of office discipline referrals, a decrease in suspensions, an increase in academic achievement, and more time for teachers to teach, students to learn, and administrators to run their schools efficiently and effectively.

The University-Assisted Community School pilot project is designed to address the unmet social, academic, and economic needs of the students and community of Knoxville.  The U.A.C.S. project is a full service community school.  Full-service community schools are based on the belief that children cannot learn or apply themselves fully to their studies if they are abused, need medical attention, or need counseling for emotional problems.  For children with these needs, schools can become the best place to deliver the support and services.

VolunTeachers is the student organization for VolsTeach at The University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Open to all VolsTeach students.