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Grants and Collaborations
At Cherokee Health Systems our goal is to enhance life. To accomplish that goal, we reach out to all areas of the counties we serve. By providing a level playing field and providing the same health services regardless of age, race, religion, sex, we will be able to raise the health of families and the entire community.
Project B.A.S.I.C. (Better Attitudes & Skills in Children)
Children are little sponges that soak up the world around them. That is why it is important to promote mental development as well as physical development. Project B.A.S.I.C. provides educational, yet entertaining, activities that assist children in developing self-esteem, coping skills, social skills, decision-making skills and much more. The program helps students make good choices throughout their lives. This school-based, mental health, early intervention and prevention service works with children from kindergarten through third grade in targeted schools. Children who demonstrate risk factors are a special service focus. Cherokee Health Systems is a partner in this program that is funded by the Department of Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities.
Expansion of Substance Abuse Services in Primary Care Settings
Drug abuse and addiction affects many people and has wide-ranging social consequences. Addiction can affect a person's ability to hold a job and raise a family, but it is a treatable condition. Many times primary care physicians are the ones who identify a person having a problem with substance abuse. Expansion of the substance abuse services in primary care settings in Union and Grainger counties allow primary care physicians, healthcare providers, mental health staff and additional specialists to identify, screen, assess, diagnose, educate and treat chemically dependent patients and provide support service to their families. Medical professionals are also able to examine recovery components including relapse prevention, aftercare, community support services, monitoring and tracking.
Hispanic Health Outreach Project
The Hispanic population is growing by leaps and bounds. It is important to provide guidance, education and health services that encourage our newest citizens to live a healthy lifestyle. Cherokee Health Systems has established a collaborative health outreach project that provides primary care, behavioral health, dentistry and social services for Hispanics in the counties of Hamblen, Grainger and Jefferson. Bilingual staff, student interns and volunteers bridge the language barrier to educate immigrants on services, resources and health care.
Living with diabetes can be challenging, regardless of age. Whether you are newly diagnosed or have been living with the disease for years, Cherokee Health Systems can help. Through a joint collaboration with the Bureau of Primary Healthcare, the offices at Maynardville and Washburn are able to offer an intensive diabetes management program. Services include self-management goals, foot exams, eye exams, nutrition counseling, and hemoglobin and glucose testing.