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Mothers with teenage daughters invited to join online community focused on teen health

JOHNSON CITY – Mothers with teenage daughters are invited to take part in a project that East Tennessee State University researchers are helping lead in an effort to improve communication about teen health.

Health Chat, is a private Facebook community that provides expert-reviewed health information and tools for improving how mothers and daughters talk about health and shares other valuable resources about physical activity, nutrition, bullying, cancer prevention, vaccinations, mental health, tobacco, drug use and more.

To join the group, a person must be a Tennessee resident with a daughter between the ages of 14 and 17. Participants also must have or be willing to create a Facebook account. As part of the study, group members and their daughters will be asked to complete a brief survey three different times and will be compensated for their time.

ETSU has partnered with the University of Massachusetts Medical School and Klein Buendel Inc. to offer Health Chat to mothers and daughters in Tennessee. The new program is funded by a grant from the National Cancer Institute and is supported by the Tennessee Coordinated School Health Program.

“We’ve been testing this program with local moms over the past six months and we are now ready for moms to enroll,” said Dr. Katie Baker, assistant professor in the ETSU College of Public Health. “The moms who have been a part of this program so far have really enjoyed it, calling it a ‘one-stop shop’ for information on teen health. They found it especially beneficial in helping them start conversations with their daughters about these topics. And for us, that’s the bottom line, to improve mother-daughter communication so that we may also improve health.”

To learn more and see if you qualify, visit, email [email protected] or call 423-439-4788. You can also find information on Facebook at TN Health Chat.