Community Initiatives

East Knoxville Community Cycling Club

The primary aim of the MLK Healthy Corridor Project is to improve the health and quality-of-life of residents within the corridor.  This will be achieved by creating an activity-friendly 1.2 mile route that safely connects residents to everyday destinations (e.g., parks, schools, worksites, restaurants).1 Activity-friendly routes accommodate people of all abilities to safely walk, run, bike, or use wheelchairs. The project involves several infrastructure enhancements along a 1.2 mile MLK corridor between South Castle and South Olive Street. The changes involve the following enhancements along this corridor:

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Breast Cancer Awareness

KNOWN: Black women are 35% more likely compared to 15% in white women to carry a triple-negative BRCA1 mutation gene. Black women face both disproportionate exposure to breast carcinogens and the highest risk of serious health impacts from the disease. Triple-negative breast cancer (TNBC) is an aggressive breast cancer subtype that disproportionately affects BRCA1 mutations in young Black. There is evidence that Black women of African-American descent with TNBC have worse clinical outcomes than women of European descent.

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We can improve health policies in negatively affected Black communities by connecting decision makers with data and experiences that ensures every person has the opportunity to live a healthy life. “Racism is a serious threat to public health and AHCC has pledged to address racism and the obstacles it poses to health equity within Black communities. Reaching a just level of equity in health care for Black communities means dig up the roots that drive racism in health and addressing why inequitable practices still exist for people of color. 

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