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September 2020

Community Connection: The Numbers Don’t Lie…or Do They?

September 2, 2020 at 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

From the pandemic to politics to the recession, you’re often bombarded with conflicting information. How do you know what’s reliable? Join us for a digital happy hour on September 2nd to learn how savvy consumers of news and statistics use critical thinking to navigate the confusion and sort good info from bad. Register at: Recommended reading: 5 Simple But Important Things to Know About Statistics Recommended beverage: Whatever you like!

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Lifting the Veil on Tennessee’s Budget with the Sycamore Institute

September 14, 2020 at 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm
$15 – $30

While it may sometimes go unnoticed, most nonprofit work is tied to or affected by government funding decisions. Some nonprofits carry out their missions with the direct support of government dollars. All are working on issues and in environments that are shaped by the financial decision-making of our public sector leaders. Tennessee’s state budget is both an accounting of the dollars coming into and going out of the state each year and a statement of the state’s public policy priorities.…

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Community Connection: Public Health Infrastructure in Tennessee

September 17, 2020 at 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Join The Sycamore Institute, ETSU's Center for Rural Health Research, and Tennessee Institute of Public Health (TNIPH) for a conversation on public health in Tennessee. From the flu to salmonella to COVID-19, major disease outbreaks often focus the public eye on public health. But what does that phrase mean, exactly? Join our discussion of what Tennessee’s public health system does, its role in a globalized world, and how Tennessee funds its public health infrastructure. Register at:    

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October 2020

COVID-19 and Economic Opportunity Across Zip Codes in America

October 21, 2020 at 4:00 pm - 5:15 pm
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Acclaimed Harvard economist Raj Chetty in a Tennessee conversation on economic mobility, data science, and public policy.

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January 2021

Tennessee’s New Medicaid “Block Grant”

January 27, 2021 at 11:30 am - 12:30 pm

There's a lot of conflicting information out there about TennCare's new waiver. Join us Wednesday, January 27th to separate fact from fiction and share your questions, hopes, and concerns about what it means for Tennessee. Please register at:

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