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Empowering Healthier Communities: Transit Alliance of Middle Tennessee Joins Nashville Health Collaborative




On Thursday, February 22, 2024, the Transit Alliance of Middle Tennessee was there with Mayor Freddie O’Connell and a host of nonprofit partners at a press conference, underscoring our shared commitment to fostering healthier communities across Nashville. As part of the Nashville Health Collaborative, we are dedicated to addressing health inequities and ensuring that all residents, regardless of zip code, have access to the resources needed for a vibrant and healthy life.

 

The Nashville Health Collaborative is driven by Nashville Health, anchored by Matthew Walker Health Center; has support from local nonprofits Nashville Food Project, Urban League of Middle Tennessee, Center for Nonprofit Management, STARS, American Heart Association, Senior Ride Nashville, AgeWell Middle Tennessee, Raphah Institute, Sycamore Institute, The Housing Fund, Second Harvest Food Bank; and area universities Belmont and Meharry Medical College.

 

The Transit Alliance has been a proud member of the Nashville Health Collaborative since its inception in 2022. The early conversations focused on data: where were disparities, what disparities could we focus on, etc.? Ultimately, given all the data collected and presented, coupled with the onhand nonprofit experience, expertise, and capacity, the Nashville Health Collaborative decided to pursue uncontrolled high blood pressure. It is often called a ‘silent killer.’ Still, it can be successfully treated given access to health care, medication, healthier food, and physical activity. The Transit Alliance has been steadfast in its mission to advocate for improved transit and mobility options. We understand that transportation is not just about getting from point A to point B; it’s about connecting individuals to vital services, such as medical appointments, pharmacies, and fitness facilities.

 

It is and honor to play a support role in launching a groundbreaking pilot program aimed at empowering 100 residents in North Nashville to manage their blood pressure effectively. We recognize that access to healthcare is only one piece of the puzzle; without reliable transportation, individuals may struggle to prioritize their health needs. By facilitating transportation solutions, we are breaking down barriers and empowering individuals to take control of their well-being.

 

Mayor O’Connell eloquently spoke to the imperative of creating wraparound support and services to achieve our collective goal of healthier communities. We couldn’t agree more. A healthy community is a thriving community. Through the equitable distribution of resources and support, we can pave the way for a brighter future for all Nashville residents so that one’s zip code doesn’t determine health outcomes.

 

As we continue our journey with the Nashville Health Collaborative, we remain committed to advocating for transportation solutions that enhance mobility and contribute to our city’s overall health and vitality. Together, we can build a more equitable and healthier Nashville for generations to come.

 

Stay tuned for updates on our progress and how you can get involved in shaping the future of transit and health in Middle Tennessee.

 

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