From national initiatives with large-scale goals to locally-focused action, NashvilleHealth partners are pursuing measurable ambitions to keep Nashville healthy. In each of our three core focus areas, as well as our desire to best incorporate data into all of our action, we are excited to see how these partnerships impact the health of our city.
Million Hearts: 1 Million Fewer Heart Attacks & Strokes by 2022 – Co-led by CDC and CMS, the Million Hearts initiative recently named NashvilleHealth an official partner in its effort to prevent 1 million heart attacks and strokes nationwide by 2022 through both clinical and community-based interventions. Together with the YMCA of Middle Tennessee, we were honored to host Janet Wright, executive director of Million Hearts, at a recent summit on chronic disease prevention, which plays such a critical factor in heart health.
Nashville Infant Vitality Collaborative – Funded by CityMatCH and co-led by the Metro Public Health Department and Meharry Medical College in partnership with NashvilleHealth, NIVC brought together stakeholders from across the city to take action on reducing pre-term birth, helping moms-to-be make safe sleep possible, and other critical factors in the health of our babies. Every year, three kindergarten classes full of Nashville babies don’t make it to their first birthday. Thanks to all who joined us and who are moving our city forward in keeping our smallest citizens healthy. Our next meeting will be on June 13 at 9:00 a.m.and we also continue to hold workgroup meetings around four primary strategies: housing, pre-term birth, pre-conception health, and adverse childhood experiences (ACEs). Let us know if you would like more information.
Tennessee State University & The Truth Initiative – Thanks to Tennessee State University and The Truth Initiative for their work together to promote tobacco-free policies on historically black colleges & universities (HBCUs) statewide. This conference took place a week before a bill was passed allowing Tennessee’s public educational institutions to go smoke free. The next Tennessee Tobacco-Free Coalition Meeting is June 5th. If you would like more information, let us know.
Let’s Talk Data: Featuring 500 Cities – Nearly 100 people attended a data talk hosted by Metro Public Health Department with NashvilleHealth. The data from 500 Cities, an initiative of the CDC, CDC Foundation, and Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, gives census track level health estimates on 27 chronic disease indicators and health behaviors that many will use to take action and better dedicate resources.
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