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Healthy Nashville Leadership Council


This council was originally established in 2002 by Mayor Bill Purcell Executive Order 19 and has been in existence continuously. The current membership and work is in place through Executive Order 27 by Mayor Megan Barry.

The Healthy Nashville Leadership Council is responsible for drawing attention to important public health problems and encouraging ownership of their solutions. Community-wide action is required to improve health- including action by individuals, families, schools, employers and businesses, community groups, religious communities, and government.

The current work of the council is outlined in the 2020-2022 Community Health Improvement Plan. This plan represents five key systems issues for the community to address over the next 3 years: access and coordination of resources, access to affordable health care, equity, addressing basic needs and social determinants, support mental health and reduce toxic stress. This plan is a roadmap to align various initiatives, programs, and activities to improve the health of the Nashville community.

Per its mission statement the council “Seeks to improve health and quality of life for those who live, work, learn, worship, and play in Nashville.” In 2018, the Council adopted the vision statement “A healthy Nashville has a culture of compassion and well-being where all people belong, thrive and prosper”.

Related Department

Health Department


Tracy Buck, MS, RDN
Office of Strategic Planning, Performance and Evaluation
Metro Public Health Department of Nashville/Davidson County



Member Sector Representation
Nancy Anness Medical
Dorothy Bennett Medical
Rokeisha Bryant Youth
Michael Caldwell, MD MPH Public Health, Director
Rebecca Carter Non-Profit
Mekeila Cook Education
Ted Cornelius Non-Profit
Joe Flynn Business Community
Tene’ Franklin Board of Health
Elisa Friedman, Interim Chair Medical
Charles Hewgley Community
John Keys Community
Sandra Moore Community
Freida Outlaw Mental Health
Robert Robinson Community
Mandi Ryan Social Services
Caroline Young Non-Profit
Kinika Young Criminal Justice/Law
Ex Officio Member Department Representation
Laura Hansen Metro Nashville Public Schools
Anita McCaig Metro Planning
Monique Odom Metro Parks
Renee Pratt Metro Social Services
Fred Smith Nashville Fire Department-EMS

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8/3/2021 Healthy Nashville Leadership Council Meeting (Virtual)

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11/5/2019 Agenda, November 5, 2019
10/1/2019 Agenda, October 1, 2019
9/3/2019 Agenda, September 3, 2019
8/6/2019 Agenda, August 6, 2019
7/2/2019 July 2, 2019 Meeting Cancellation