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September 21, 2023

NashvilleHealth Continues Momentum, Announces Steering Committee Members

NashvilleHealth Continues Momentum, Announces Steering Committee Members

NashvilleHealth, founded by former U.S. Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist to harness the force of community-wide collaboration and improve Nashville’s health outcomes, announced today the appointment of a Steering Committee that will guide the work of the organization. This latest news is another foundational element to fuel the organization’s mission, capping off a year of tremendous momentum.

The Steering Committee brings together 24 business, government, and community leaders who each carry diverse and deep expertise in health and the factors that shape it. The group will work parallel to NashvilleHealth’s Governing Board announced in October, playing a critical role in advising NashvilleHealth. A primary goal of the Committee is to align community attention and resources around efforts to collaboratively address poor health outcomes and health equity issues.

“These 24 local leaders are critical champions for NashvilleHealth and Nashville as a whole,” said Sen. Frist. “We will rely on each of them to provide guidance on our overall community-developed strategic plan, help execute tactical implementation, advise on the development of pilot programs, and monitor outcomes of our initiatives.”

Members of the Steering Committee include:

  • Nancy Anness, Saint Thomas Health
  • Stephanie Bailey, M.D., Meharry Medical College
  • Melinda Buntin, Ph.D., Vanderbilt University School of Medicine
  • John Chobanian, Governor’s Foundation for Health and Wellness
  • Terry Cook, The Nature Conservancy, Tennessee
  • Magi Curtis, Jarrard Phillips Cate & Hancock
  • Dan Dummermuth, YMCA of Middle Tennessee
  • John Esposito, Warner Music Nashville
  • Gary Gaston, Nashville Civic Design Center
  • Todd Henry, Metro Nashville Police Department
  • Hayley Hovious, Nashville Health Care Council
  • Phil Johnston, Pharm.D., Belmont University College of Pharmacy
  • Shawn Joseph, Ed.D., Metro Nashville Public Schools
  • Rebecca Leslie, Nashville Academy of Medicine
  • Leslie Meehan, Tennessee Department of Health
  • Janet Miller, Colliers International
  • Bill Paul, M.D., Metro Nashville Public Health Department
  • Dexter Samuels, Ph.D., Meharry Medical College
  • Vicki Shepard, Healthways
  • Divya Shroff, M.D., Centennial Medical Center
  • Tom Starling, Ed.D., Mental Health America of Middle Tennessee
  • Joseph Webb, D.Sc., Nashville General Hospital
  • Consuelo Wilkins, M.D., Meharry Vanderbilt Alliance
  • Michele Williams, M.D., Matthew Walker Comprehensive Health Center

“NashvilleHealth is coordinating action around some critical issues for the health and wellbeing of people in Nashville,” said Bill Paul, M.D., director of the Metro Nashville Public Health Department and a member of both NashvilleHealth’s Governing Board and Steering Committee. “We look forward to working in partnership with NashvilleHealth to bring together the best minds in the city and tackle these issues, promote health, prevent illness, and save lives.”

Launched in partnership with the Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, NashvilleHealth is now an independent 501(c)3 organization. To date, the organization has conducted significant research, convened national experts, and met with more than 200 community, health, business, and academic leaders, while also participating in local, state, and national partnerships. Caroline Young serves as executive director.

“There is so much potential in a community-wide effort like NashvilleHealth to address our most pressing and most unique health issues,” said Steering Committee member Stephanie Bailey, M.D., senior associate dean for Public Health Practice, Meharry Medical College. “No two neighborhoods face the same set of challenges, but with a thoughtful and collaborative approach based on evidence and action at a very local level, we can begin to create a culture of health.”

To learn more about NashvilleHealth’s efforts, visit and connect with the organization on Twitter at @nashhealthorg, Facebook at or Instagram at @nashhealthorg.

About NashvilleHealth
NashvilleHealth is dedicated to making Nashville-Davidson County one of the healthiest places to live in the state and the nation by achieving measurable gains in the health of all residents. Our goal is to create a culture of health and wellbeing by serving as a convener to open dialogue, aligning resources, and building smart strategic partnerships to move the needle on health outcomes and close the gap in health disparities. To achieve this, we work to collaboratively identify major population health challenges, propose transformative solutions, and facilitate and ensure execution to improve overall health.


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