Research shows that more than 70,000 Tennesseans currently suffer from opioid use disorder. Further,
substance use disorder comes at an economic cost—estimated at more than $2 billion for the state.
The need for more health care workers, especially nurses, is a nationwide topic—now more than ever before.
Oral health needs often go untreated when resources are limited, including dental insurance or access to providers.
When the pandemic limited 4-H agents’ ability to engage students through traditional face-to-face instruction in classrooms across the state, 4-H leaders within UT Extension did what they do best—they found a solution.