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Commissioners of Tennessee, Virginia among speakers to discuss improving area health

June 4th, 2014 9:16 am by Staff Report

Commissioners of Tennessee, Virginia among speakers to discuss improving area health

Tennessee Commissioner of Health Dr. John Dreyzehner and Dr. Marissa Levine, commissioner of the Virginia Department of Health, will meet on the states’ borderline to discuss ways to improve health factors and outcomes in Northeast Tennessee and Southwest Virginia.

“The State Street Project: Health Across Borders” will be held Thursday, June 12, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at The Foundation Event Center, 620 State St., Bristol.

The event will bring together multi-sector community leaders and comes on the heels of the recent release of the County Health Rankings, which found the rural counties of Northeast Tennessee and Southwest Virginia to be among the least healthy in the nation.

Attendees will spend the morning analyzing the “County Health Rankings & Roadmaps” data and discussing ways the two states can work together to increase public awareness, drive health policy and coordinate community and individual action.

Joining Dreyzehner and Levine as keynote speakers will be Dr. Randy Wykoff, dean of public health at East Tennessee State University, and Kate Konkle, engagement specialist with “County Health Rankings & Roadmaps.”

The rankings found that health factors such as obesity, diabetes, tobacco and prescription drug abuse, cardiovascular disease and high mortality rates from cancer were of particular concern in Northeast Tennessee and Southwest Virginia.

Registration is required, and a limited number of spaces will be available. To register, visit www.healthyappalachia.org. For more information, call 439-4651.

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