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Cherokee Health Systems Develops NURTURE Model of Care

September 22, 2023

Media Contact: Brittany McCraw


Cherokee Health Systems Develops NURTURE Model of Care


June 13, 2023

KNOXVILLE, Tenn.- Cherokee Health Systems (CHS) is working to improve maternal health outcomes through its new NURTURE model of care. The model, originally developed by CHS’ Dr. Sarah Beth Eriksen, a pediatrician and board-certified lactation consultant, and Dr. Ashley Breazeale, a licensed psychologist, focuses on supporting maternal and child health from pregnancy through the fourth trimester by integrating behavioral health care, pediatric care and OB/GYN services within each appointment.

“Offering services across the continuum from prenatal to postnatal care is not only vital to the mother-child dyad but the health of the family unit. This model allows us to offer more equitable care, education and advocacy to underserved patient populations, which is the heartbeat of CHS. Further, it bolsters the health of the family unit which is important for long-term success. We are so thankful to work for an organization that allows us to integrate this type of care into our daily work,” said Dr. Breazeale.

The NURTURE model of care makes prenatal and postnatal visits easier by giving new mothers the opportunity to address mental health concerns, receive mental health assessments and treatments, address sleep or feeding issues and health checkups all within the same visit. By allowing parents and babies to be seen within the same visit, CHS is addressing social determinants of health by improving access to care for its patients. Expectant mothers can access this model of care at CHS’ Cherokee Mills Health Center in Knoxville. Those interested in making an appointment may call 1-866-231-4477.


About Cherokee Health Systems Since 1960, CHS has been committed to ensuring Tennesseans receive access to effective, high-quality care. CHS is a Federally Qualified Health Center that serves 70,000 people annually. We offer a wide array of comprehensive health services, including primary care, behavioral health, optometry, dental and pharmacy. All of our services are available to children, adults and seniors on an ability to pay basis. CHS is a TennCare (Medicaid) and Medicare provider. In addition, CHS accepts commercial insurance for payment.