The Tennessee Institute of Public Health (TNIPH), which is housed in the East Tennessee State University College of Public Health, has received grant funding to encourage innovative community initiatives to improve health in the most economically distressed Tennessee counties of Appalachia. The Regional Roadmap for a Healthier Appalachian Tennessee will provide community partner groups with training, technical assistance, and grant funding needed to implement strategic local health projects. The Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) funded the collaborative grant to TNIPH in partnership with matching funds from the BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee Health Foundation, the Niswonger Foundation and Eastman Chemical Company. Ms. Ginny Kidwell, program director for TNIPH, will lead the project. Other contributors to the project include the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development, the Tennessee Department of Health, the National Network of Public Health Institutes, the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute, the ETSU College of Public Health and First Tennessee Development District.