Dean Randy Wykoff of East Tennessee State University College of Public Health, was invited to testify before the Tennessee Senate Health and Welfare Committee about the health status of Tennessee and possible ways to improve this health status over time.
Dean Wykoff offered both details behind Tennessee’s rank of No. 39 in the latest America’s Health Rankings and some reasons for why this ranking has improved from 48th in 2006. Dean Wykoff considers three factors essential in improving health in Tennessee. These include a) involving the public -- especially school-aged youth, businesses, the faith-based community, and families; b) close collaboration among efforts to improve education, reduce poverty, and provide access to healthcare; and c) using evidence-based interventions to address those areas such as obesity, smoking, and infant mortality, where Tennessee significantly lags behind the nation.
[Photo: Dean Randy Wykoff]