Archives     Advertise     Editorial Calendar     Subscribe     Contact Us    


Time for Nashville to Get a Checkup


 
Mayor David Briley, Sen. Bill Frist and Dr. Bill Paul announce the launch of the Nashville Community Health + Well-being Survey (Photo credit Alan Poizner)

City Launches First Health Survey in Nearly 20 Years

Last month, Mayor David Briley joined officials with NashvilleHealth and the Metro Public Health Department (MPHD) to announce the launch of the Nashville Community Health + Well-being Survey.

Being sent to more than 12,000 residents, the countywide assessment looks to provide valuable data about health-related behaviors, chronic health conditions, preventive health practices and the impact of the local environment on well-being. The data from the survey will help create an accurate snapshot of the city's overall health and be used to inform and enhance current efforts to improve Nashville's health status.

The information is also expected to play an important role in setting future population health priorities for metro agencies and community partners. The plan is to implement a routine checkup so that this survey becomes the baseline from which future findings can track progress.

"I'm committed to this effort to make Nashville a healthier community," said Briley, mayor of Metropolitan Government of Nashville & Davidson County. "Only with a comprehensive assessment like this will we know the challenges and opportunities to the health and well-being of Nashvillians. This survey will give us data to better serve our residents."

Conducted by the nationally recognized Survey Research Lab at the University of Illinois at Chicago, the questions will be administered in both English and Spanish, and respondents will be able to reply via web or mail. The questions included in the survey were selected from the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention's Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System and other national surveys to address Nashville's unique health-related priorities and determinants.

Surveys began being mailed in late September with a first round of data expected by the end of the year. Final data sets should be delivered by early 2019. Once final, the data will be disseminated in multiple formats.

"This project will provide comprehensive baseline health data for Davidson County - data that do not exist today," said Sen. Bill Frist, MD, founder and chairman of NashvilleHealth. "These data will be critical to better understanding the health needs of our city and establishing a baseline from which we can all measure the effectiveness of our interventions and collective programs moving forward."

The Mayor's Healthy Nashville Leadership Council has undertaken a multifaceted Community Health Assessment (CHA) this year in coordination with area hospitals, clinics and nonprofits. The new health survey coincides with the CHA to help highlight and prioritize health issues. Ultimately, the CHA will be used to inform Nashville's Community Health Improvement Plan.

"Just as a doctor needs to know vital signs, we need to take the temperature on Nashville's health every so often," said Bill Paul, MD, director of MPHD. "Ninety percent of health happens outside of hospitals and doctor's offices, and the Nashville Community Health + Well-being Survey is an essential tool for us to size up the key elements of good health in our population."

Funding for the survey is being provided by Amerigroup, BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee, HCA, LifePoint Health, The Memorial Foundation, Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County, NashvilleHealth, Nashville Health Care Council, Tivity Health, UnitedHealthcare, AMSURG, Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce, Change Healthcare, The Healing Trust, Live Nation, Vanderbilt University Medical Center, and Vector Management.

WEB:

More information on the Nashville Community Health + Well-being Survey

 
Share:

Related Articles:


Recent Articles

AMA Intensifies Campaign to End Burnout with Launch of Practice Transformation Initiative

The American Medical Association (AMA) announced an escalation in its prominent efforts to fight the root causes of physician burnout and dissatisfaction with the launch of the Practice Transformation Initiative.

Read More

Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes

Innovation in care, technology means better outcomes for patients

Read More

The Faces of Opioid Addiction

The Department of Health is raising awareness and putting a face to the opioid crisis in Tennessee.

Read More

Dr. Patrice Harris: First African American Woman to Lead Nation's Oldest Medical Organization

When Patrice Harris, MD, MA, was growing up in rural West Virginia, she wanted to be a pediatrician.

Read More

Council Fellows: A Conversation with Hayley Hovious

Council Fellows is preparing to seat its eighth class of healthcare leaders ready to tackle some of the industry's most pressing issues. Applications are being accepted Sept. 9-Oct. 22 for the 2020 class.

Read More

Answering the Call: Preparing Veterans as Civilian Healthcare Leaders

At a recent ACHEMT meeting, attendees learned more about how veterans' skill sets could be put to work in civilian healthcare leadership roles.

Read More

MIPS: Past, Present & Future

During the August NMGMA meeting, SVMIC's Jackie Boswell provided updates on MIPS reporting for 2019.

Read More

Getting America Moving

Updated physical activity guidelines incorporate new scientific findings, a focus on prevention and more flexibility in how Americans get their move mojo back.

Read More

TOA to Launch Sports Performance Center

TOA's new facility to offer healthcare, classes and training

Read More

Leading with TENNACITY

Local foundation helping trauma survivors take recovery to the next level.

Read More

Email Print
 
 

 

 


Tags:
Bill Frist, Bill Paul, CHA, Community Health Assessment, Community Health Improvement Plan, Mayor David Briley, Metro Public Health Department, MPHD, Nashville Community Health + Well-being Survey, Nashville Health Survey, NashvilleHealth
Powered by Bondware
News Publishing Software

The browser you are using is outdated!

You may not be getting all you can out of your browsing experience
and may be open to security risks!

Consider upgrading to the latest version of your browser or choose on below: