YWCA Tribute to Women Honors Buchanan and Fincher

Posted by Brent Treash

Dr. Rebecca Buchanan, associate professor of health and human performance, and Dr. Louise Fincher, vice-president for the School of Health Sciences are among nine exceptional women being honored for bettering the quality of life for thousands in our region by YWCA Northeast Tennessee and Southwest Virginia.

Nominated by area organizations and chosen by an independent panel of out-of-state of judges, the nine award recipients exemplify those working to enrich the region and will be honored in to women who nurture, empower and transform, areas which reflect the impact of the YWCA in our region.

This year’s Tribute to Women award recipients will be honored at an awards banquet on May 10, 2018 at the historic Bristol Train Station.

Buchanan is being honored in the category of “nurture.” She is an eight-time All American and 1997 U.S. World Championship team member in track and field, who has devoted her life to helping young people find empowerment through physical activity.

Her nominating colleagues at Emory & Henry College say that her “passion and persistence” most mark her character and that her leadership in the area of health and human performance is helping to transform teaching practices and instilling healthy habits among a regional population that deals inordinately with health issues related to obesity. Buchanan has envisioned and nurtured regional programs that impact hundreds of young women and men as well as relentlessly shared her expertise at conventions and professional training for educators.

Fincher is being honored as an educator and community leader in the category of Empower. She is commonly recognized as an important voice on decisions related to the health care future of the region. Her leadership in the successful launch and accreditation of the Emory & Henry School of Health Sciences last spring has been widely praised for the promise it holds in enhancing health care across the region. Along with a Falls Prevention Center, graduate degrees in physical therapy, occupational therapy and physician assistant education, the School of Health Sciences houses an Obesity Research Center and free clinic serving uninsured and underinsured residents from throughout Southwest Virginia.

Tickets for the event can be purchased online at www.ywcatnva.org.

Proceeds support the mission of the YWCA including efforts to increase the economic empowerment of women and families, promote women’s health and safety, and to support racial justice and civil rights.

  • Dr. Louise Fincher and Dr. Rebecca Buchanan have both been awarded YWCA Tribute to Women Honors
    Dr. Louise Fincher and Dr. Rebecca Buchanan have both been awarded YWCA Tribute to Women Honors

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