All4Knox Overall Purpose and Strategic Planning Process

Vision

Decrease the impact of substance misuse within Knox County, Tennessee

Mission

Create community-level change and a coordinated response to better address the substance misuse epidemic

Core Principle

Commitment to instilling hope and building community through collaboration, persistence and treating all with respect and care

Goal

Create and implement a communitywide strategic plan to reduce substance misuse and its impact on individuals, families and our community

Desired Outcomes

Reduce stigma around substance misuse
Increase engagement and coordination within and among sectors
Enhance how we share information for improved coordination of effort

Measurable Results

Decrease the number of overdose deaths by 10 percent by September 2023
Decrease the number of nonfatal overdoses by 5 percent by September 2023
Increase utilization of existing resources to obtain help by 20 percent by September 2023

Resources

Timeline

Click here for a detailed timeline of the process.

Community Sectors

Sectors were developed based on guidance from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). The sectors will design strategies that will provide the details for the overarching, communitywide strategic plan. The sector teams began their work at the 2019 Summit, but community members can still participate in a sector even if they couldn’t attend the summit. Please email All4Knox@knoxcounty.org to register for a sector if you have not already done so.

Why sectors?

The utilization of sectors in community planning will allow for additional detail in the plan and recognition of a wider array of gaps and services, along with increased involvement from sectors outside of those dealing with substance misuse in their daily roles. In order to avoid silos, the Substance Misuse Response Coordinator will work with all sectors to identify and increase opportunities for collaboration between sectors. Additionally, sector leads will meet quarterly to ensure collective efforts and approaches.

Upcoming Sector Meetings:

  • Business:
Second Friday of every month, 1 to 2 p.m., Knox County Health Department, 120 Dameron Ave.
*No meeting in December
  • Education:
First Thursday of the month, 4:30 to 5:30 p.m., Pellissippi State Community College, Magnolia Avenue Campus community room, 1610 E. Magnolia Ave.
  • Family/Community:
Third Friday monthly, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., C.O.N.N.E.C.T Ministries, 3615 Martin Luther King Jr. Ave.
* No meeting in December
The Family and Community Sector is hosting community town hall meetings across Knox County to solicit input from the community. For a list of dates and locations, click here.
  • Faith-Based:
Jan. 15, 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m., Knox Area Rescue Ministries boardroom, 418 N. Broadway
  • Government:
Fourth Wednesday monthly, 9 to 10 a.m., Knox County Health Department classroom, 140 Dameron Ave. (Exception: Due to the holidays, the December meeting will be scheduled for Dec. 4 from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. in the KCHD Classroom. The next meeting will be scheduled for January.)
  • Health Care:
Second Monday of every month, 5:30 to 7 p.m., UT Medical Center, Cherokee Trail Building first floor conference room, 2121 Medical Center Way
  • Justice Systems:
Jan. 15, 3 – 4:30 p.m., Knox County Health Department Community Room, 140 Dameron Ave.
  • Nonprofit/Service Organizations:  
Jan. 28, 3 – 5 p.m., Regas Building, 318 N. Gay St.
  • Treatment/Recovery/
    Harm Reduction:
February meeting date to be determined.

About Us


All4Knox is a joint effort of Knox County and the City of Knoxville with facilitation and coordination support from Metro Drug Coalition, the Knox County District Attorney General’s Office and Knox County Health Department. Our hope is to bring together our governments, businesses, nonprofit organizations, faith-based communities and many others in a coordinated fashion to address the substance misuse epidemic.