MARTIN, Tenn. (AP) — The University of Tennessee at Martin says it is receiving a $706,000 state grant for the school's Healthy Families Initiative.
UT-Martin says the grant was awarded by the state Department of Health for work that will take place over a three-year period.
The initiative seeks to increase the number of healthy pregnancies and births in at-risk communities by responding to the needs of children and families. The project will target women and at-risk children from Dyer, Lake and Lauderdale counties.
The counties were chosen based on risk factors such as high teen birth rates, high rates of child poverty and limited access to adequate health care.
The university says that the percentage of children living in poverty in each of the counties exceeds the Tennessee average of 26.3 percent.