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Our Primary Initiatives

The Tennessee Population Health Consortium conducts practice-based quality improvement (QI) and population health research initiatives in heart health, diabetes, and cancer.

Tennessee Heart Health Network
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The Tennessee Heart Health Network (TN-HHN) works to implement patient-centered practices in primary care to improve cardiovascular health. As the signature project of the Consortium, TN-HHN was launched January 1, 2021 in recognition that our need is great: Tennessee ranks #3 in heart attacks and/or cardiovascular disease and faces challenges in reaching all Tennesseans who need care and help in managing their chronic heart disease. Through TN-HHN, the Consortium is implementing statewide tools that were successful for diabetes patients in our Management of Diabetes in Everyday Life (MODEL) program in the Mid-South. These tools include health coaching and text messaging.



Diabetes Wellness and
Prevention Coalition

Diabetes Wellness Prevention Program graphic

The Diabetes Wellness and Prevention Coalition (DWPC) is a patient, provider, and research partnership initiated in 2009 by  Dr. Michael Ugwueke, President and CEO of Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare (MLH), to improve care for diabetes and obesity. Dr. Ugwueke emphasized prevention through proactive disease management by focusing on prevention through proactive disease management. This multi-year effort has sought to develop the patient, provider, and research collaboration necessary to transform the paradigm of diabetes care in the Mid-South from a focus on reactive, rescue care to a focus on high-value, patient-centered care that mobilizes and engages the entire community.
Cancer Prevention and Control Program

Cancer prevention and control logo

The Cancer Prevention and Control Program is led by the UTHSC Center for Cancer Research and supported by the Tennessee Population Health Consortium. The goal of the Cancer Prevention and Control Program is to reduce cancer risk and improve survivorship by strengthening cancer prevention and control services. The program aims to identify risk factors including behavioral or molecular and genetic biomarkers that will impact precision prevention and medicine. We will employ TN-POPnet to track and help improve cancer prevention and control activities statewide and to support quality improvement and health systems improvement research in cancer care across Tennessee.


May 26, 2022