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PHIC Participates in CHAgives and Giving Tuesday

PHIC Participates in CHAgives and Giving Tuesday

The Pediatric Health Improvement Coalition for the Tennessee Valley (PHIC) is partnering with Causeway, United Way of Greater Chattanooga, and many other local non-profits on Tuesday, November 29, 2016 to encourage and amplify small acts of kindness through #CHAgives and #GivingTuesday...

Dr. Allen Coffman Named Tennessee Pediatrician of the Year

Dr. Allen Coffman Named Tennessee Pediatrician of the Year

Dr. Allen Coffman, a primary care pediatrician with Highland Pediatrics in Hixson and president of the Pediatric Health Improvement Coalition for the Tennessee Valley was awarded Pediatrician of the Year by the Tennessee American Academy of Pediatrics for his work in the Chattanooga area and across the state. 

“His energy, passion, and knowledge are most evident.  His ability to articulate the mission and paraphrase a group's discussion in a succinct and accurate manner is phenomenal. He is a full time pediatrician, father, and active member of the greater Chattanooga area,” said Pamela Peck in her nomination of Dr. Coffman earlier this year... 

Chattanooga Goes Back to School

Chattanooga Goes Back to School

It is time for Chattanooga to go “Back To School!”  PHIC has decided that it would go back to school as well.  The Coalition has been meeting for some time with Hamilton County Department of Education officials and local health providers about partnering to improve the health of Hamilton County’s children.

Hamilton County is challenged by pediatric asthma.  Asthma is the number one reason children miss school.  These absences

PHIC Committee on School-Based Health Winter Report

PHIC Committee on School-Based Health Winter Report

The School-Based Health sub-group is composed of individuals from the Hamilton Co. School System (administration and nursing representative), health care providers (Erlanger and HCHD) and the philanthropic community. 

We have met several times throughout Fall 2014 and have prioritized our agenda to include 2 shorter-term goals:

President's Report

President's Report

This has been a great year for the Pediatric Health Improvement Coalition of the Tennessee Valley (PHIC).  We have completed our Strategic Planning Initiative (SPI), begun the process of building strong community pediatric interest groups, continued work on our comprehensive regional health improvement plan and facilitated partnership with many community organizations to move toward a healthier Tennessee Valley.

In December of 2013, PHIC contracted Blue Cottage Consulting of Ann Arbor, MI to lead the SPI.  This initiative was a catalyst to a rigorous cycle of analysis, discussion and innovative design in regard to the health and well being of our community’s children...

Local Families Have a Voice in Children’s Health

Local Families Have a Voice in Children’s Health

Chattanooga, TN - The Pediatric Healthcare Improvement Coalition for the Tennessee Valley (PHIC-TV) is releasing the announcement of four regional Pediatric Health Forums.  These open meetings will invite the public to comment on personal experience with local health services for children in the Tennessee Valley (Southeast Tennessee, North Alabama, North Georgia and South Western North Carolina).

The first week of March will be the Tennessee Valley Pediatric Health Week...

The Family Centered Medical Home is Key to Pediatric Health

The Family Centered Medical Home is Key to Pediatric Health

On a clear fall day in October of 2004, Bridget Lane took her new daughter Mary Alice to see her pediatrician.  She was a fussy 7-week-old that did not want to grow.  The reason for her lack of growth was quickly identified as an inability to digest and absorb the fat in her formula.  This was just one complication of a disease called Cystic Fibrosis.  Mary Alice’s parents are now experts in Cystic Fibrosis and the care of a child with a complex, chronic disease.  This is because of their exceptional dedication to Mary Alice and a medical care delivery structure called “the Family Centered Medical Home.”  This structure has been at the backbone of the care of children for over 40 years...