In this Issue:
– COVID-19 and Heart Health
– Announcing NashvilleHealth Hero
– Response Fund Update
– Tracking COVID in Tennessee
– News & Partner Updates
More than a respiratory infection, COVID-19 is affecting many of the body’s organs and systems. Early data suggests people with coronary heart disease or high blood pressure are more likely to develop severe symptoms, and stroke survivors and those with heart disease, including high blood pressure and congenital heart defects, may face an increased risk for complications if they become infected with the COVID-19 virus.
According to the Nashville Community Health + Well-being Survey more than 30 percent of Nashvillians have been diagnosed with high blood pressure. Learn more about heart health in Nashville neighborhoods using the survey’s interactive tool.
To address the city’s high rate of hypertension, NashvilleHealth is partnered with the American Heart Association and the American Medical Association to administer Target:BP, a city-wide collaborative working to to reduce the number of citizens in Middle Tennessee who have uncontrolled high blood pressure. Currently in its third year, 19 clinics and hospitals are participating representing a reach of nearly one million patients. To learn more or get involved, click here.
NashvilleHealth is proud to recognize health professionals who are going above and beyond to care for and lead our community during the COVID-19 pandemic.
James Hildreth, Ph.D, M.D., is a leader in the city’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic, providing a trusted voice and expert advice to Nashville Mayor John Cooper and to all of Davidson County through daily press briefings, countless publications and social media. The 12th president and chief executive officer of Meharry Medical College, Dr. Hildreth is an immune system specialist with degrees in chemistry and immunology from Harvard and Oxford, and a medical doctorate from Johns Hopkins. For his leadership in our community during this time of crisis and everyday, we recognize Dr. Hildreth. Thank you.
COVID-19 Response Fund Chair Sen. Bill Frist, M.D. will join Mayor John Cooper for the United Way of Greater Nashville’s Second Annual Community Meeting this Thursday, May 14 at 10 a.m. Leaders will discuss the impact of the pandemic on the physical and economic well-being of our region, detail how the fund is providing essential support to those who are hurting, and share the important and inspirational work being done to help neighbors in need. Register for the Zoom meeting here.
To give to the response fund, text NashvilleUnited to 41444 or click the link below.
Each day, the Tennessee Department of Health (TDH) releases figures tracking the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in each county and statewide. In an effort to raise awareness about these figures and understand how infection rates are changing, NashvilleHealth shares tracking updates and insights based on TDH data.
Data acquired from theTDH Website, as of May 7 analyzed by Sajid Khan, Change Healthcare and NashvilleHealth Board.
*Total TN & Other County Cases Include Out Of State Cases Diagnosed in TN.
Tivity Health, n4a and NANASP are partnering to provide senior nutrition during the COVID-19 Crisis.
Metro Nashville Public Schools Wellness Week is going virtual with an online toolkit including videos and resources to teach students ways to practice healthy habits at home.
American Heart Association is providing COVID-19 airway management resources for healthcare providers who may be called to assist in roles that are beyond their routine daily activities.
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