A STEP AHEAD FOUNDATION OF EAST TENNESSEE INC

aka A Step Ahead Foundation of East Tennessee   |   Knoxville, TN   |  www.astepaheadeasttn.org

Mission

Removing barriers to long-acting, reversible contraception and providing women in East Tennessee a step ahead toward maximizing their potential.

Ruling year info

2016

Board Chair/Interim Executive Director

Erica Lyon

Main address

PO Box 20363

Knoxville, TN 37940 USA

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EIN

81-1822497

NTEE code info

Family Planning Centers (E42)

Family Services (P40)

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (O01)

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Breaking Barriers

A Step Ahead Foundation fills a unique and clear gap in family planning needs in the community. In the State of Tennessee, 70% of pregnancies are unplanned. When we look at women ages 18-24, unplanned pregnancy jumps to 86%.
Unplanned pregnancies occur for many reasons: no access to reliable contraceptive methods, failure of current contraception, not being aware of contraceptive options that are a better fit for their lifestyle, lack of education of effectiveness of contraceptive method, and/or no contraceptive method used.
Breaking Barriers – Works with disadvantaged and economically struggling women to identify goals, develop a life plan and to break barriers caused by an unplanned pregnancy therefore creating an opportunity to break the cycle of inter-generational poverty.

Population(s) Served
Women and girls
Economically disadvantaged people

Empower Women At Risk & Reducing N.A.S. Program – Program is designed to empower women at risk of having a baby exposed to prescription drugs (Opioids) or illegal drugs to make an educated choice about family planning by voluntarily choosing to utilize a long acting reversible contraception (LARC) as their primary form of birth control. Program is a one on one education program that covers all costs associated with receiving a LARC. Program will provide family planning education, cover all forms of birth control, discuss the impact of Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome on babies as well as cover the costs of any Long Acting Reversible Contraception chosen to prevent an unplanned pregnancy. Our program is designed to allow a woman to focus on her health and wellness without having to handle an unplanned pregnancy or worry about the costs of birth control. Program will partner with Drug Rehabilitation centers, support groups and other community programs and VTM 2020 will provide the one on one education program. A Step Ahead covers all costs associated with receiving long acting reversible contraception (device, STI testing, pregnancy testing and other Well Woman testing if medically necessary). Program is designed to meet women at point of service where they seek assistance with addiction and help them focus on their health without having to handle an unplanned pregnancy.

Program Relevancy:
The Opioid epidemic in East Tennessee has skyrocketed in the past 5 years in turn resulting in significant increase in babies born dependent on drugs (Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome, N.A.S.) in East Tennessee. 85% of women prescribed Opioids in East Tennessee are not prescribed birth control. For many women the medical professionals they see at Rehabilitation Centers, through support groups or other community programs are the only medical professionals they see on a regular basis. This provides a unique opportunity for A Step Ahead and our partners to work with responsible providers who specialize in rehabilitation services to provide family planning education including Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome education and give women access to long acting reversible contraception absolutely free. A Step Ahead Foundation of East Tennessee is dedicated to empowering all women at risk that is why we will be focusing on educating and providing access to Long Acting Reversible Contraception (LARCS) for women prescribed narcotics or are living a lifestyle that is not conducive to having a healthy child.

Population(s) Served
Women and girls
Children and youth

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A STEP AHEAD FOUNDATION OF EAST TENNESSEE INC

Board of directors
as of 4/26/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Erica Lyon

Pat Conry-Taylor

CTMCPAS

Kathleen Brown

Professor UT-Knoxville

Erica Lyon

Advocacy Chair

Courtney Herda

Smarter Solutions

Dona McConnell

Church Street United Methodist Church

Lawrence Alexander

LBMC

Stephanie Howard

Tennessee Gyn

Sierra Turner

MPH Candidate

Kathy Brown

Dept. of Public Health

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? No
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? No
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? No
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 04/12/2021

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)

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