Nashville Leaders Offer COVID-19 Learnings and Recommendations for Future Preparedness
Today, NashvilleHealth, in partnership with the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce, Nashville Health Care Council, and Meharry Medical College Center for the Study of Social Determinants of Health, is releasing a first-of-its-kind comprehensive review of lessons learned from Nashville’s city-wide response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Nashville is one of the first cities in the nation to conduct an in-depth analysis of its COVID-19 response.
“This deeply researched, collaborative project is a prime example of our healthcare, nonprofit, business, government, and stakeholder communities responsibly coming together to dramatically improve the health and wellbeing of all Nashvillians, for now and the future,” said Senator Bill Frist, M.D., founder and chairman of NashvilleHealth. “The report’s far-reaching, practical recommendations provide an indispensable roadmap to a safer and better prepared future for the next crisis.”
Washington D.C.-based research firm Avalere Health conducted a series of wide-ranging interviews with key community leaders and stakeholders to understand Nashville’s response and then presented these findings in a detailed report - “Strategies for Future Preparedness: Examining the Impact of COVID-19 in Nashville” - that makes specific recommendations to inform and better prepare for future health emergencies.
The comprehensive report explores five key domains, including the area’s pandemic infrastructure preparedness, economic response, policy response, public health and healthcare response, and approach to vaccine rollout.
In its findings, the report commends Nashville’s science-driven approach, crisis communication infrastructure, and public-private partnerships, and encourages the city to continue to leverage these and other assets going forward.
The report then offers 28 short, medium, and long-term recommendations and action items to be considered by hospitals, community-based organizations (CBOs), metro government, researchers, non-profits, and business leaders in Nashville for any future public health emergency.