Saint Thomas Medical Partners recently received a Health Disparities Grant award of $8,420 from the State of Tennessee Minority Health Division. The grant will be utilized to create a new fitness program - Wellness Together, Fitness is Fun! - for up to 50 patients at the organization's Holy Family Health Center on Edmondson Pike to help combat the growing rates of obesity, diabetes, and hypertension evident in their patient population. Those enrolled will be able to participate in free weekly exercise classes led by certified bilingual instructors, receive incentives that help them become more active, and participate in cooking classes featuring low-cost, nutritious food. Additionally, the Saint Thomas Center for Breast Health West has been awarded $65,000 from the Nashville Wine Auction towards a 3D Tomography Unit.
The Tennessee Department of Health Office of the State Chief Medical Examiner has received $1.4 million in funding from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to gather critical data on homicide, suicide and other violent deaths. Tennessee is one of 10 states to receive new funding to use the National Violent Death Reporting System, which will provide NVDRS with state-level data on violent deaths from all 50 states, Washington D.C. and Puerto Rico. NVDRS helps state and local officials understand where, when, why and how violent deaths occur by linking data from medical examiner, law enforcement, toxicology and vital statistics records. It is the only data system for homicide and suicide that links law enforcement data with data from non-law enforcement sources. "To stop violent deaths, we must first understand all the facts," said Tennessee Chief Medical Examiner Julia Goodin, MD. "Knowing the circumstances of violent deaths will help us identify the right prevention efforts and use resources in the best way possible."