Baptist Healthy Communities

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October Roundup

Violence affects us all.

Violence within our community has made headlines recently, and October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, so we want to share available resources to help prevent or deal with violence.

Baptist is hosting a free virtual session to help the community cope with violence on Wednesday, Oct. 27 at 6 p.m. Watch the session on Facebook at

The National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCADV) defines domestic violence as the willful intimidation, physical assault, battery, sexual assault, and/or other abusive behavior as part of a systematic pattern of power and control perpetrated by one intimate partner against another. It includes physical violence, sexual violence, threats, economic and emotional/psychological abuse. The frequency and severity of domestic violence varies dramatically.

According to the NCADV, 

  • 1 in 3 women and 1 in 4 men in the U.S. have experienced some form of physical violence by an intimate partner.
  • On a single day in 2020, domestic violence hotlines received 21,321 calls, an average of almost 15 calls every minute.
  • In 2018, domestic violence accounted for 20% of all violent crime.
  • Abusers’ access to firearms increases the risk of intimate partner femicide approximately 1,000%. When firearms have been used in the most severe abuse incident, the risk increases 41-fold.
  • 65% of all murder-suicides involve an intimate partner; 96% of the victims of these crimes are female.

If you or someone you know is affected by domestic violence, the NCADV offers a personalized safety plan: For anonymous, confidential help 24 hours a day, call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 800-799-7233 (SAFE).

CONCERN Employee Assistance Program (EAP) is an employee benefit program designed to identify and resolve production or operational problems associated with employees who are affected by personal problems. CONCERN’s team of licensed, experienced counselors and clinical social workers help employees sort through issues, and work toward viable solutions to get them back on track personally and professionally.

Employee and employer services offered through CONCERN EAP include

  • Unlimited confidential counseling sessions for employees and anyone living with an employee
  • On-site crisis response
  • On-site supervisory and employee training
  • Management consultation
  • Conflict resolution services
  • Drug-free workplace assistance
  • Directly observed therapy assessments
  • Referral assistance

To learn more about these services for employers and employees, visit

Health News and Information

Wear Your Pink

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, an annual campaign to raise awareness about breast cancer. On Friday, Oct. 22, 2021, Baptist encourages wearing pink clothing and pink ribbons to honor breast cancer survivors and those who have lost their lives to the disease.

Give Blood and Give Back

In support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Vitalant will gift $10 to Baptist for each volunteer blood donation made in October to help 40 uninsured/underinsured patients who qualify to receive a mammogram at no charge. To give blood, visit or call 877-25-VITAL (4825).

Group Vaccinations Available

If your community or church group has at least 35 members who want to get the COVID-19 vaccine, Baptist can schedule an on-site vaccination event. To schedule your group, please contact

Good Grief Events

Grief is real. Grief is big. Grief is better shared. Baptist Centers for Good Grief offer support for families who have lost a loved one through free grief counseling, camps and support groups. Baptist grief centers help grieving individuals process their loss, learn ways to cope and connect with others who can understand their experience. Special holiday sessions are upcoming. Go to for more information and a list of upcoming events.

SHE Leads the Way

Baptist Memorial Health Care’s new SHE (Science, Health, Empowerment) Leads the Way Program held a virtual event in September for middle school to college-age students interested in science and medicine that featured guest speaker Nina Tandon, CEO and co-founder of EpiBone, the world’s first company to grow living human bones for skeletal reconstruction. Go to to learn more about our diversity education programs.

Living Well With Chronic Conditions Program

The Tennessee Department of Health is offering a free six-week program (six sessions, two hours per session) to help adults living with a chronic health condition improve their health. For more information about the program or how to sign up, please contact Danielle McCoy, the Tennessee Department of Health’s program director for cardiovascular disease and stroke prevention, at 615-532-7577 or

Dates for Your Calendar

2021 Komen National MORE THAN PINK Walk

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and Susan G. Komen presents the 2021 Komen National MORE THAN PINK Walk as a “walk where you are” virtual event. Register here.

Jackson, Mississippi-Area Making Strides, Saturday, Oct. 23, 2021

Mississippi Baptist Medical Center is joining Making Strides to support the American Cancer Society’s efforts to end breast cancer. Event proceeds will help support breast cancer services and research. Join the Baptist Cancer Center team at

Type 1 Diabetes No Limits Virtual Forum, 2:00–4:00 p.m., Nov. 14, 2021

Join Baptist and JRDF Tennessee on World Diabetes Day for a virtual forum to learn more about Type 1 diabetes (T1D) and connect with T1D families in breakout rooms, including one hosted in Spanish. Register for T1D No Limits at:

Lung Cancer Awareness, 10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m., Nov. 18, 2021

Baptist Cancer Center will be hosting a free lung cancer community event at Crosstown Concourse in Memphis on Nov. 18. Attendees will also have the opportunity to create white ribbons in memory of or support of a friend or loved one with lung cancer. Add this event to your calendar and be on the lookout for more information.

Please visit for a full schedule of events or for more information.

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