In May, we adopted a new community impact area of women and children’s health with a specific focus on maternal health and prescription drug abuse. Tennessee ranks second per capita in the U.S. for prescription drug abuse, and Upper East Tennessee is the worst area in the state. We have seen a nearly ten-fold rise in the incidence of babies born with Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome (NAS) in Tennessee over the past decade, and things like NAS, substance abuse, smoking and obesity are creating steep increases in infant mortality. This is a true epidemic, and its ripples are increasing healthcare costs, overdose deaths, drug related crimes, the numbers of children in state’s custody, NAS cases and state-funding needs for treatment. The Junior League of Johnson City is passionate about serving this deep community need.
The advancements we make are done with pride and excitement because we know it is to serve a bigger picture and to make a difference in the lives of others. If you would like to connect with women of similar interests or if you would like to take part in a collaborative partnership with our organization, please contact us! We invite you to participate in our work. For 68 years, the league has served as a catalyst for lasting community change, and we look forward to continuing this legacy for many more years!