Chris Ramsey Wins Visionary Award

Thursday, April 18, 2013
Chris Ramsey
Chris Ramsey

The Tennessee Public Health Association (TPHA) announced Chris Ramsey, the director of the Office of Health Care Reform at BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee, as the winner of the third annual TPHA Visionary Award for the East Tennessee Grand Division. 

The Visionary Award was created to recognize a person, group, or agency in each grand division of the state of Tennessee who has made an outstanding contribution to the health of their community. It has become part of TPHA’s celebration of National Public Health Week, held across the United States every year during the first full week of April. 

“This year’s award honors those who are dedicating their time, talents, and efforts to promote good health and disease prevention in their local communities” said Doris Spain, executive director of the Tennessee Public Health Association. “Chris Ramsey is an exceptional example of that for the state of Tennessee.”  

Officials said the hard work and tireless efforts of Mr. Ramsey to create and sustain the Minority Health Fair in Chattanooga have provided community members with free health screenings, HIV tests, mammograms, and health education through over 125 vendors attending the event.

Lanise Hutchins, who nominated Mr. Ramsey for the award, said, “Chris has been the leading force of the Minority Health Fair since its inception. With his infectious positive attitude and passion for a healthy community, this event keeps getting bigger each year.”

 “I am honored and humbled to receive such a prestigious award,” Mr. Ramsey said. “Many people in the community don’t have adequate health insurance, or any coverage, for that matter, to visit a doctor.  It’s really my passion to help them receive the care they need and to educate and empower them so that they can make the right decisions when it comes to their health.”

Additionally, Mr. Ramsey has created the Southeast Tennessee Health Consortium foundation with fellow partners in an effort to empower and educate minorities and close the health gap. Mr. Ramsey has made a significant impact on the health and lives of those living in and around Chattanooga and has proven to be a true public health visionary, officials said.


Morning Pointe Seniors Take In Women's Musical Tribute At Wolftever Elementary

Wolftever Elementary School was the stage for a performance, as residents from The Lantern at Morning Pointe Alzheimer's Center of Excellence, Collegedale, listened to the school's rendition of the musical "First Ladies, Ladies First." Ranging in age from second to fifth grade, the all-girl choir dressed up as famous women who from across the timeline of American history to ... (click for more)

Survivorship Empowerment Class Open To All Cancer Survivors

CHI Memorial Rees Skillern Cancer Institute will host a Survivorship Empowerment class on Tuesday, Feb. 28 at 2 p.m.  The free class is open to all cancer survivors, regardless of where they received treatment, and their care givers.   "People often wonder what they can do to get and stay healthy once cancer treatment is complete.  Lifestyle changes, like eating ... (click for more)

2 Shot Tuesday Afternoon On Windsor Street

Chattanooga Police responded on Tuesday to the 2100 block of Windsor Street, on a report that two people had been shot.   Upon arrival, officers located two victims suffering from gunshot wounds. Their injuries are non-life threatening at this time. Both victims were transported to a local hospital by Hamilton County EMS.   Two suspects were reported to police. ... (click for more)

Erlanger Reports Dramatic Increase In Flu-Like Illnesses

The number of influenza-like illnesses treated at Erlanger Health System shows a dramatic increase compared to this time last year.  Erlanger reported treating 156 patients with flu like illnesses between Feb. 12 and 18 of this year. This represents a significant increase from the seven cases reported during the same week last year and 15 cases reported approximately a month ... (click for more)

Judge Doug Meyer Lived A Full Life Helping Many

I was sadden to learn of the death of Judge Doug Meyer.  Judge Meyer retired from the Criminal Court bench here in 2006.  Prior to that he had been the Chattanooga city judge for several years.  As a young attorney I tried many cases in front of Judge Meyer.  Also while I was awaiting my case to be tried, I would observe him on the bench.  Judge Meyer ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Marshall’s 3% Folly

The National Health Interview Survey is believed to be the best gauge of health and behaviors in the United States. It is under the umbrella of the nation’s Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, so first let me share that the figures I am going to present are directly attributed to what is the best source believed to be out there. I didn’t make these numbers up and I had nothing ... (click for more)