Contraception Matters Event

A Step Ahead Chattanooga will host Contraception Matters, a free community event Thursday, Nov. 1, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Bessie Smith Cultural Center. The event will include cocktails and light hors d'oeuvres, and the seated presentation will begin at 5:45 p.m.

Regina Rutledge, a subject matter expert and researcher at RTI International, will address how contraception can save Southeast Tennessee $53 million a year, highlighting the considerable economic impact on individuals, families, and communities when women can time their pregnancies — and how access to birth control affects the health and well-being of all community members.

A Step Ahead Chattanooga is a prevention-only organization that provides information about all methods of birth control as well as free access to long-term reversible methods, such as implants and intrauterine devices (IUDS), to women in 11 Tennessee counties.

To learn more, visit and click on the outreach tab.

Ozburn earns Diversity Champion Award

Tom Ozburn, president and CEO of Parkridge Health System, has received the Diversity Champion Award from the Tennessee Hospital Association.

Ozburn's work includes launching a campaign for more Spanish-language signage within hospitals, spearheading the formation of a spiritual life committee, growing the chaplaincy service to include offerings and materials from multiple faiths and reaching out to incarcerated men.

He also led the Tennessee Hospital Association's Council on Inclusion and Health Equity from 2015 through 2017. He is a past board member for The United Way of Southern Kentucky; the Tennessee Christian Chamber of Commerce; YMCA; and Soles4Souls, a non-profit that creates sustainable jobs and distributes shoes and clothing to people in need around the world.

Free Smoking Cessation Course

A Freedom From Smoking cessation course will begin Thursday, Nov. 1, at CHI Memorial Family Practice Associates – Ooltewah, located at 6401 Mountain View Road, Suite 109.

The class will meet every Thursday for seven weeks from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. The program is free and designed for a small group setting.

Anyone who has a desire to stop smoking can call 423-495-7778 to register for a class.

Metabolic Milestones Celebration

Erlanger Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Center hosts their annual Metabolic Milestones Celebration at The Westin Chattanooga from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 2.

Take a "peak behind the curtain" at what the Bariatric and Metabolic Surgery Center does to help patients achieve their goals. Attendees also learn about the newest innovations in the field of bariatric surgery, observe demonstrations of the latest surgical equipment and participate in a health expo featuring health and wellness professions in the Chattanooga area.

For more information or to register for the event, visit the bariatrics tab at

Mobile Mammography

CHI Memorial's mobile health coach will provide mammography screenings on Nov. 2 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Blood Assurance, located at 705 E. 4th St., in Chattanooga.

All women should have one screening mammogram between the ages of 35-40. After age 40, a screening mammogram is recommended every year. Financial assistance available for qualified women. Call 423-495-4040 to schedule a screening.

Huntington's Disease Education

Erlanger Neurosciences Institute will host a Huntington's disease education event at the POB in the Erlanger Medical Mall on Saturday, Nov. 3.

Join other HD families and friends for research updates, nutrition discussion, adaptive equipment demos, balance exercise demos and to learn more about the disease. Lunch will be provided.

To register, please contact Traci Jennings at 423-778-3437 or email at