UTC faculty members to spearhead INDEED

Project now underway after receiving $1.5 million grant from Dept. of Health

CHATTANOOGA (WDEF) — Two UTC faculty members are using a one-point-five-million dollar grant from the Tennessee Department of Health to work with faith-based communities in the state to create INDEED — an Intrastate Network to Deliver Equity and Eliminate Disparities.

The project will address health disparities among the state’s underserved populations, as well as those who are high-risk to COVID-19, dementia, and other chronic illnesses.

INDEED’s goal is to bolster various faith organizations’ abilities to help aging members in their congregations who have been impacted by illness.

The project would also create intrastate support networks in Tennessee.

One official said it could help faith communities become “a hub” for their congregates-in-need to receive critical health information and assistance.

Kristi Wick, the Vicki B. Gregg Chair of Gerontology and an assistant professor in the UTC School of Nursing, is excited to get the project underway.

“It’ll help us go back to those faith-based communities that were so integral to helping with COVID-19 and give them some extra education and support, help them access resources in the community so that communities that are hard to reach, either because they’re rural or lack access to other health care services are able to get someone that can support to live better healthier lives,” Wick said.

Additional goals in the project are to “expand emotional support hotlines and support groups,” as well as “provide training materials for volunteers to serve as care navigators.”


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