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‘Diagnosing Our Future’ Speaker Series Tackles Community Health

Harvard professor joins local industry leaders to discuss issues
The Gordon E. Inman College of Health Sciences & Nursing hosted “A Dialogue to Build a Healthier Community” yesterday with featured speaker Dr. David Williams, Harvard University professor and staff director of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Commission to Build a Healthier America. Williams joined with numerous leaders in the Nashville healthcare community to discuss topics including: How Our Neighborhood Affects our Health, A Community Perspective on Disparities Research, Partnering Together for a Healthier Community and Beyond Health Care: Building a Healthier Community. The day-long event was part of the college’s ongoing “Diagnosing Our Future” Speaker Series.
Other participants in the dialogue included Tom Cigarran, Co-founder and Chairman of Healthways, Inc.; Dr. Stephanie Bailey, CDC Chief for the Office of Public Health Practice; Juan Canedo, Executive Director of Progresso Community Center and Chair of the Nashville Latino Health Commission; Helen Moore, TennCare Director of Non-discrimination Compliance/Health Disparities; Jackie Akbari, Chairperson of the Middle Tennessee Diversity Forum; Dr. Eleanor Bright Fleming, Edgehill Dental Collaborations and Policy; Dr. Alisa Haushalter, Director of the Bureau of Population Health Programs for Metro Public Health Department; Yvonne Joosten, Executive Director of the Office of Community Engagement at Vanderbilt Institute for Medicine and Public Health; Winona Yellowhammer, Spokesperson for the Native American Indian Association of Tennessee; and Ann Hatcher, and Vice President of Executive and Workforce Development Programs at Hospital Corporation of America.
Co-sponsoring the Dialogue with the Gordon E. Inman College of Health Sciences & Nursing was the University’s Center for Community Health & Health Equity. Presentation partners included the Nashville Health Disparity Coalition, Meharry Medical College and Metro Public Health Department. The Diagnosing Our Future Speaker Series is financially assisted by the Jacob G. Schmidlapp Trusts, Fifth Third Bank, Trustee.

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