Memphis Talent Dividend Kicks-Off 2nd Annual FAFSA

Carver High School seniors and parents were on hand this afternoon attending the kick-off for the Free Application for Financial Student Aid (FAFSA) Memphis 2016-2017 Awareness Campaign. This program is organized in Memphis and Shelby County by the Memphis Talent Dividend. The focus of this campaign is to build awareness of financial aid opportunities for graduating high school seniors and non-traditional students.

This event is one of several scheduled during the next couple of months. “Last year, Memphis Talent Dividend was able to assist more than 7,000 students with their application process,” said Renee McCreight, Director of Memphis Talent Dividend. “Our goal is to increase that number through a series of scheduled events and through partner organizations hosting FAFSA workshops.”

Shelby County Mayor Mark Luttrell spoke on the importance of this campaign. “The future of this community lies in the investment we put in our youth,” said Mayor Luttrell. “It is essential that we support every effort in helping students continue their education after high school, as well as adults seeking to complete their degree. Not only will our individual citizens benefit from college degrees, but families will be impacted for generations to come.”

The weekend of February 6th is FAFSA Memphis Goal Weekend where churches and organizations across the county will work with students to complete their forms. If an organization is interested in participating they can contact Alton Cryer, Program Coordinator for the Memphis Talent Dividend at 901.278.0016 or Free workshops will be held through June 30th of this year.

The FAFSA MEMPHIS campaign is presented by the Memphis Talent Dividend and its partners and supported by a grant from the Kresge Foundation.

Leadership Memphis

Leadership Memphis is a non-profit, community leadership development organization. Its mission is to prepare and mobilize leaders to work together for the good of the whole community. Founded in 1977 as The Memphis Institute of Public Responsibility, the organization has trained and graduated more than 2,500 leaders from its signature programs: Executive, FastTrack, Criminal/Juvenile Justice, and Grassroots. Its Action Initiatives are Memphis Talent Dividend/Graduate Memphis, and SUCCESS High Schools.



Saint Francis Hospital-Memphis Recognized for Quality and Patient Safety by The Joint Commission and The Leapfrog Group

Saint Francis Hospital-Memphis has been honored recognized for quality care by The Joint Commission and for patient safety by The Leapfrog Group.
The Joint Commission recognized Saint Francis as a Top Performer on Key Quality Measures®. According to its 2015 annual report, Saint Francis was recognized for attaining and sustaining excellence in Total Joint Replacement – Hip and Knee, and for Stroke. The hospital was only one of 1,043 hospitals out of more than 3,300 eligible hospitals nationwide to achieve the 2014 Top Performer distinction.
The Leapfrog Group, an independent hospital industry watchdog, presented Saint Francis with its 8th straight “A” Hospital Safety Score. It was one of only two hospitals in the Memphis area to receive an “A” grade. Saint Francis was also recognized by The Leapfrog Group as a “Straight A” hospital for being one of just 133 hospitals nationwide to have achieved an “A” grade in every grading period since the Hospital Safety Score first launched in June 2012. To see how the Saint Francis Hospital-Memphis score compares nationally and locally, visit
“Our physicians and employees are dedicated to providing our patients with high quality care in a safe environment,” said David Archer, Saint Francis Healthcare CEO. “We are proud to have earned both of these prestigious recognitions. They support our belief that Saint Francis Hospital-Memphis has a culture that is committed to excellence in quality care and one that makes patient safety its highest priority.”
The Joint Commission Top Performer program recognizes hospitals for improving performance on evidence-based interventions that increase the chances of healthy outcomes for patients with certain conditions. The performance measures used in the recognition program include heart attack, heart failure, pneumonia, surgical care, children’s asthma, inpatient psychiatric services, stroke, venous thromboembolism, perinatal care, immunization, tobacco treatment and substance use. For more information about the Top Performer program, visit
The Hospital Safety Score was calculated under the guidance of the nation’s leading experts on patient safety and is administered by The Leapfrog Group. The Hospital Safety Score is designed to provide consumers with information they need when making decisions about a hospital stay.

BlueCross Offers Marketplace Enrollment Assistance at Church Health Center Through Jan. 8

Mobile consumer center also visiting Memphis in January

BlueCross is providing one-to-one assistance to members and those seeking insurance through the Health Insurance Marketplace at the Church Health Center Jan. 6-8 and at the Blue of TennesseeSM mobile center through the end of Marketplace open enrollment on Jan. 31.

BlueCross insurance advisors will be available at the Church Health Center to help consumers understand health insurance options and eligibility for financial assistance, as well as assist them in enrolling in a Marketplace plan. Bilingual and sign language assistance is available.

Hours for the Church Health Center events are:

  • Jan. 6, 8 a.m.-7:30 p.m.
  • Jan. 7, 8 a.m.-4 p.m.
  • Jan. 8, noon-5 p.m.

Church Health Center is located at 1115 Union Avenue, Memphis.

The Blue of Tennessee mobile center will also be in Memphis from Jan. 9-31 providing enrollment assistance and a variety of services for BlueCross members such as finding a doctor, understanding benefits and ordering member ID cards. The mobile center is wheelchair accessible and also provides bilingual and sign language services.

The mobile center will be located at Ridgeway Trace Center (near Best Buy), 5959 Poplar Avenue, Memphis from 9 a.m.-6 p.m. on these dates:

  •  Jan. 9
  • Jan.11-16
  • Jan. 18-23
  • Jan. 25-31