Building a Culture of Health for Urban Children and Families. 

The Urban Child Institute Funded Project (>$1.1M)


The Loewenberg College of Nursing is undertaking two major initiatives: 1) curriculum integration aimed to preparing nursing students with knowledge and skills of adverse childhood experiences (ACEs), and 2) pediatric asthma management across Shelby County Schools. Our efforts are to build a culture of health for urban children and families in Memphis.

cohACEs curriculum integration in the undergraduate and graduate programs educate students about ACEs prevention, toxic stress reduction, trauma informed care, workable strategies, interventions, and sound policies. Graduates will be able to translate knowledge to practice and ultimately to promote health for urban children and families.

Pediatric Asthma Management focuses on engaging, empowering, and enabling teachers, staff, students, care providers, and families in the Shelby County Schools (SCSs) and particularly in the zip code 38126 and 38106 where a gulf of health disparities exists. Working together with the SCS, we aim to effectively manage pediatric asthma through checking, controlling, and celebrating and reach our goal of healthy children, healthy schools, and healthy community.

Nursing's work is part of the U of M Institute of for Interdisciplinary Memphis Partnerships to Advance Community Transformation (iImpact).iImpact


Lead Contacts:

LCON Culture of Health (COH) Urban Child Grant Director and PI
Dr. Lin Zhan, 901.678.2020

LCON COH Grant Initiatives Director
Dr. Teresa Richardson, 901.212.5246

LCON COH Asthma Prevention and Treatment Plan Team
Dr. Hoi Chung,
Dr. Leigh Ann Breckenridge,
Professor Betsy Moore,
Dr. Beverly Cross,

LCON COH Curricular Integration Team
Dr. Teresa Richardson,
Dr. Marie Gill,
Dr. Joy Hoffman,
Dr. Leigh Ann Breckenridge,

LCON COH Coordinator
Wendy Harrison, 901.678.3087