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Cherokee Health Systems, UT Launch Research and Education Aligned for Clinical and Community Health

Cherokee Health Systems (CHS) and the University of Tennessee, Knoxville (UT) have launched both their strategic plan and Research and Education Aligned for Clinical and Community Health (REACCH).

To help launch the strategic plan, up to two teams that will collaborate over 16 months to develop a research project to address the needs of CHS patients will be developed. The need areas include: cardiometabolic chronic health conditions (obesity, prediabetes, type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease), maternal health, relational health, substance use and misuse, food and nutritional security, or literacy (numerical, health, fiscal, reading and writing). Each team will have a different focus.

Each team will receive support from Eboni Winford, Director of Research and Health Equity at CHS, and Hollie Raynor, Executive Associate Dean of Research and Operations in the College of Education, Health, and Human Sciences at UT, to create their project, as well as receive $15,000 to invest in developing their project.

The team will be asked to submit a grant application for additional funding to implement or expand their project by June 30, 2025.

Interested applicants must commit to invest the time and effort needed (i.e., meetings and other activities) to ensure team success. If you are interested, please complete the application by December 15, 2023.

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Teams will be formed and begin work in March 2024. If you have questions, contact Eboni Winford at or Hollie Raynor at