Partnerships That Make a Difference: Vine School Health Center and Grand Illumination

As part of the university’s successful Carnegie Community Engagement Classification application process, the Office of Research and Engagement has compiled a list of fifty of UT’s best community-campus partnerships. The university will be celebrating its status as an engaged institution throughout the year by featuring these individual examples in articles that highlight their unique contribution to the community.

Vine School Health Center

telehealth-1The Vine School Health Center is a nurse-founded, nurse-managed health clinic addressing the health care needs of Knox County School students have difficulty accessing health care or who are uninsured. A recent expansion included a telehealth program which extends clinical services to eleven additional schools.

During the 2013-14 academic year, there were 3,322 children who received direct health care services at the Vine School Health Center or at the other telehealth schools for school physicals or minor acute illnesses.

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Grand Illumination

282x400-IMG_7266Grand Illumination seeks to increase civic-mindedness in UT students while meeting needs identified by the local Knoxville community. This program has been operating since 1986 and annually involves over 100 UT students.

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