The Center for Health and Human Services

The Center for Health and Human Services (CHHS), founded by the Adams Chair of Excellence in Health Care Services in 1993, collaborates with public agencies, private for- and not-for-profit organizations, and MTSU faculty and students to improve the health and well-being of Tennesseans and that of our nation.  Since 2001, CHHS and the Adams Chair have received $7.9 million in grants and contracts to conduct or facilitate research, communications, education, and training across the spectrum of public health issues of importance to Tennessee and at the national level.  From 1993-2015 the CHHS and the Adams Chair worked jointly to implement projects ranging in duration from several months to more than a decade.  As of late 2015, the CHHS operates as an independent center, though continues a collaborative relationship with the Adams Chair.

Vision

The Center for Health and Human Services will improve the health and well-being of Tennesseans.

Mission

The Center for Health and Human Services, through collaborative affiliations and partnerships, facilitates projects, programs, and research activities in public health issues of importance to Tennessee and to that of the nation, consistent with the mission and purpose of MTSU.  Through collaboration with the Adams Chair of Excellence in Health Care Services, CHHS supports efforts to initiate and strengthen academic programs in health and human services to support workforce development and promote healthy communities.  

Center Goals

  • To advance health and human service education and support interdisciplinary scholarly and research activity;
  • To develop and strengthen partnerships within the University, the community, the state, and beyond;
  • To serve as a resource to the MTSU community on projects and initiatives related to population health;
  • To promote the health and well-being of Tennesseans through information sharing, community service projects, and research-focused projects;
  • To convene local partners to collaborate and share best practices; and,
  • To initiate training and education programs for current and future providers.

Academic Unit Affiliations

Units affiliated with the center consist of those whose educational programs prepare graduates in health and/or human services. The programs listed are affiliates of the center and are a coalition of academic units which vary in focus but share the common goal of preparing the health and human services workforce in Tennessee. These programs have been an integral part of the university for many years.

Collaborative Projects and Community Based Research

The Center for Health and Human Services collaborates with public and private organizations and partners to develop and implement local, regional, and statewide programs, projects, and research activities designed to improve the health of Tennesseans and that of the nation. The CHHS has several programs, projects, and research activities with parnterships that cross state borders, and is exploring future work that would have impact at a national level. 

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