Medical Information & Health Education

The following organizations, as well as most Hospitals, provide individual and community education and information, support group referrals, and other assistance. Some have loan closets; see also Loan Closets.

Alzheimer’s Association: 200-6668

Eastern TN Chapter
9050 Executive Park Drive, Suite A106, 37923
24/7 Helpline: 800-272-3900
Provides free educational programs about Alzheimer’s, including basics, caregiver tips, warning signs, risk factors, and updated research; offers support groups for caregivers. Professionally staffed, free, 24/7 helpline for information and referrals. Online message boards, connection with Trial Match clinical studies; free online Alzheimer’s Navigator for step-by-step guidance and action plans at

Alzheimer’s Tennessee, Inc: 544-6288

24/7 Helpline 1-800-259-4283 5801 Kingston Pike, 37919
Offering free information about brain health, Alzheimer’s and related dementias, warning signs, caregiver strategies, research, diagnosis and treatment options.

American Cancer Society: 1-800-227-2345
Support programs. Callers can talk to an oncology nurse and cancer information specialists. Phones answered 24 hours/day, seven days/week.

American Diabetes Association: 1-800-342-2383

P.O. Box 7023, Merrifield, VA, 22116-7023
Advocacy, information and referral, research, and education for people affected by diabetes.

American Heart Association: 1-800-242-8721
American Stroke Association: 1-888-478-7653

Information and materials on cardiovascular disease and stroke.

American Lung Association: 1-800-432-5864

Information about asthma, emphysema, TB, and other lung diseases; air quality, radon, and related issues; stop- smoking programs and self-help guide.

Amputee Coalition: 524-8772 / 1-888-267-5669

900 E. Hill Avenue, Suite 390, 37915-2568
Outreach, education, advocacy, and empowerment for those living with limb loss or limb difference, their families, and caregivers. The National Limb Loss Resource Center is a comprehensive source of information for people living with limb loss and limb differences.

Anatomy Bequest Program: 1-901-448-5978

(Mon.-Fri., 8 am – 5 pm, Central Time)
24-hour number for off hours: 1-901-448-2640
855 Monroe Avenue, UT Health Science Center, Memphis, 38163 Information on body donation.

Arthritis Foundation: 1-800-283-7800

Free arthritis educational materials and information on exercise programs.

Cancer Support Community–East Tennessee: 546-4661

2230 Sutherland Avenue, 37919
Healthy Lifestyle programs, exercise, yoga, and nutrition classes, for cancer patients and loved ones. Information, workshops, support groups, and relaxation programs. Free.

East TN Kidney Foundation: 288-7351

P.O. Box 22072, 37933
Local foundation provides financial grants for transportation to dialysis. Provides protein supplements and warm blankets for dialysis patients and a dental program for those whose last barrier to placement on the kidney transplant waiting list is dental clearance. Referrals through dialysis clinic social workers and/or transplant center. Free early detection kidney disease screening to the public.

Health Information Center: 305-9525

The University of Tennessee Medical Center
1924 Alcoa Highway, 37920
Library staffed by medical librarians and certified health information specialists to help patients and the community research information on diseases, diagnosis and treatments. Free; Information can be mailed.

Humana’s Guidance Center: 329-8892

4438 Western Avenue, 37921
Dedicated to inspiring people to achieve their best health. Humana members and non-members can participate in health and wellness seminars, social activities, and disease-specific education classes at no cost.

Knox County Health Department: 215-5170

140 Dameron Avenue, 37917
Health education on tobacco, fall and injury prevention, diabetes, minority health issues, and nutrition. Health and wellness promotion. Speakers available. Free quarterly diabetes management education series. Call for class information.

Knoxville Academy of Medicine: 531-2766

115 Suburban Road, 37923
Provides information regarding local physicians, including specialties.

Lupus Foundation of America, Inc.: 1-877-865-8787

MidSouth Chapter
Mailing: PO Box 59361, Nashville, 37205
Street: 4322 Harding Pike, #417, Nashville, 37205
Telephone peer counseling, support groups, education, advocacy, and information and referral for those with lupus.

National Kidney Foundation: 1-855-653-2273

30 East 33rd Street, New York, NY, 10016
Provides information and education about chronic kidney disease, dialysis, transplantation and organ donation.

Parkinson’s Foundation: 1-800-473-4636

200 S.E. 1st Street, Suite 800, Miami, FL 33131 Provides information and referral on Parkinson’s Disease to patients, family, and professionals. Offers counseling, support group referrals, and education for those with Parkinson’s. Mon.-Fri., 9 am.-8 pm.

Positively Living & Choice Health Network: 525-1540

1925 Ailor Avenue, 37921
Counseling and emergency aid for people living with HIV/ AIDS. Medical clinic provides disease testing, treatment, and prevention. Harm Reduction provides a syringe service exchange, naloxone, resources and referrals for people who use substances or are dealing with addiction.

Tennessee Donor Services: 588-1031

7015 Middlebrook Pike, 37909
Information on organ and tissue donation.

The University of Tennessee Medical Center HealthCare Coordination: 305-6970

Can help you find a doctor who meets your individual needs (based on accepted insurance, convenience and other personal preferences) from an entire network of qualified primary care physicians and specialists. They can schedule annual physicals, preventative screenings and coordinate scheduling multiple appointments.