This group will identify the most prominent physical, behavioral and social health problems among children in the region and explore their causes. The group will examine access points for children and evaluate strategies that have worked well in other communities. In addition, this group will identify gaps in educational achievement, particularly literacy and basic skills, and take inventory of community services available for children with special needs and developmental or physical disabilities.
Each work group will hold public meetings that will rotate throughout Northeast Tennessee and Southwest Virginia.
The steering committees will hold separate meetings to examine top health issues and also review presentations from health experts and community members.
Here is the upcoming meeting schedule (meetings are from 9:30 am – Noon):
9/8 9:30 a.m. SWVA Higher Education Center, Abingdon
10/13 9:30 a.m. Millennium Centre, Johnson City
11/10 9:30 a.m. SWVA Higher Education Center, Abingdon
12/8 9:30 a.m. Millennium Centre, Johnson City
- Dr. David Wood, chair of the department of pediatrics at ETSU and CMO of Niswonger Children’s Hospital
- Travis Staton, CEO of United Way of Southwest Virginia