Knox County Tennessee

Strong Baby casting call winners announced

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We’re pleased to announce the new stars of our Strong Baby campaign, which were selected from more than 80 adorable babies at an open casting call on October 1.

The eight winners, Nathaniel (15 months), Lucia (9 months), Teddy (15 months), Lariah (14 months), Creighton (17 months), Archie (14 months), Olivia (16 months), and Elleamoura (9 months) will each receive a $200 U.S. savings bond and will appear in future Strong Baby ads.

“We thank every parent and family who entered their own strong baby, and we look forward to seeing our local babies sharing important health messages across Knox County,” said KCHD Director Dr. Martha Buchanan.

“The little ones in this campaign have captured our hearts, and we are thrilled to have local East Tennessee babies promote infant health in our community,” said KCHD Program Manager Katie Larsen. “After all, there are no better ambassadors than our own.”

Earlier this year, KCHD launched the Strong Babies project to improve birth outcomes and reduce infant mortality rates. Based on a highly-successful campaign created by Serve Marketing and conducted by the City of Milwaukee Health Department, the effort uses lighthearted and attention-grabbing images of stronger-than-average babies to rally the community around the importance of changing the conditions that lead to healthier infants and families. The educational campaign focuses on the importance of early and adequate prenatal care, breastfeeding, good nutrition, avoiding tobacco, and many other healthy activities.

Improving the well-being of mothers, infants and children is an important community health goal for KCHD, as reflected in the organization’s Community Health Assessment. The Strong Baby project is an outcome of KCHD’s Fetal Infant Mortality Review (FIMR) program, which is funded by a grant from the Tennessee Department of Health. FIMR is an action-oriented community process that continually assesses, monitors and works to improve service systems and community resources for women, infants and families.

Click here to see the current Strong Baby campaign.

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Knox County Tennessee - Health Department

Main Clinic
140 Dameron Ave,
Knoxville, TN 37917
865-215-5000

Hours:
Monday - Friday
8:00 am - 4:30 pm

Please Note:

On the first Wednesday of every month (except August), all KCHD offices and clinics are closed in the morning for staff in-service. On these days, the main location (140 Dameron Ave.) will open at 11 a.m. and the West Clinic (1028 Old Cedar Bluff) will open at 11:30 a.m.
On the third Wednesday of every month, KCHD clinics (Women's Health, COE, CDC, Dental, TIC, Immunizations, COVID clinic and West) are closed in the morning for staff clinical education. On these days, the main location will open at 10 a.m. and the West Clinic will open at 10:30 a.m.
*All other offices will open at 8 a.m.

Infant and childhood immunizations as well as adult vaccines by appointment ONLY. Please call 865-215-5950.

1028 Old Cedar Bluff
Knoxville, TN 37923
865-215-5950

Hours:
Monday - Friday
8:00 am - 4:30 pm

On the first Wednesday of every month (except August), all KCHD offices and clinics are closed in the morning for staff in-service. On these days, the main location (140 Dameron Ave.) will open at 11 a.m. and the West Clinic (1028 Old Cedar Bluff) will open at 11:30 a.m.

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