Public health expert to speak on chronic disease in rural areas

  • on 19 Feb 2013
  • Blackman Auditorium, Woods Labs

Franklin and Grundy County Public Health Educator Tonya Garner will give a presentation on “Chronic Disease: Local Challenges and Possible Solutions” at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 19, in Blackman Auditorium on the Sewanee campus. The talk is free and open to the public. Residents of neighboring communities are especially welcome.

A graduate of Middle Tennessee State University with a bachelor’s degree in Health and Lifetime Wellness, Garner is the public health educator for Grundy and Franklin counties. She serves as the coordinator of both county health councils, the person in charge of county health assessment, and promotes healthy lifestyles. Prior to taking this position, she was the crisis consultant coordinator at Bradford Health Services.

In her capacity as Grundy Health Council coordinator, Garner led a successful effort to win an Appalachian Diabetes Control and Translation Project grant of $160,000 that will address health issues related to diabetes prevention and control in Grundy County over the next four years.

The presentation is part of a lecture series presented by Community Engaged Learning, the University of the South’s academic community engagement program. The series features a range of speakers from all over the world. They will address a variety of topics of concern for people living on the Cumberland Plateau and in surrounding communities. Most of the featured speakers are guest lecturers in Child, Family, and Community Development in Rural Appalachia, a psychology course developed out of a partnership between Sewanee’s Psychology Department and Yale School of Medicine’s Child Study Center.

The public is invited to the talks, which will be on most Tuesdays during the semester at 4:30 p.m. in Blackman Auditorium.