The Rural Health Advocacy Network

The Rural Health Advocacy Network (RHAN) is an initiative of The Turner Center at Martin Methodist College with the mission of improving the health of patients by working to expand access to quality healthcare in our community.  The primary way we see achieving this goal is by empowering local volunteer Advocates and pairing them with patients enrolled in the Network.

As an Advocate, you will assist a patient in navigating healthcare systems, provide nonmedical care, communicate with patients, and support patients throughout their journey to better health.

As an Advocate, you will be fully trained in privacy laws and best practices, and have the support, resources, and experience of the faculty/staff at Martin Methodist College.

Membership in the Network is no cost.  As an Advocate, the people you help may belong to your local church congregation, a different congregation in the community, or may not attend church anywhere.  

We are called to serve and are given gifts of this work. If you feel a call to serve our neighbors as an Advocate in the Rural Health Advocacy Network, please reach out to us so we can have a conversation about living into this call.

For more information, please contact Rev. Tim Holton, office phone (931) 424-4107 or email

NEWS from The Rural Health Advocacy Network

Car Seat Drive

Did you know that a newborn cannot leave the hospital unless their parents have a new or non-expired car seat?  Many families don't have the finances to purchase a new car seat.

The Rural Health Advocacy Network, an initiative of the Turner Center at Martin Methodist, is proud to co-sponsor this great need in our area.

Contact Tim Holton for more information, Read More

Local Hospital Receives Grant

The labor and delivery department at Southern Tennessee Regional Health System is pleased to announce they are the recipient of a grant from the Turner Center at Martin Methodist College. Read More