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Ending the HIV/AIDS Epidemic in Nashville Task Force

In May 2018, in response to the availability of treatments options to provide the opportunity for Nashville to eradicate HIV and change many lives for the better, Mayor David Briley appointed the Ending the Epidemic Task Force to establish a collective goal and community-wide strategy to end HIV in Nashville.

The Ending the Epidemic Task Force completed its work in February 2019 with the release of a community-driven plan to drive down new HIV transmissions to pre-epidemic levels and, at the same time, drastically improve health outcomes for the more than 4,000 people living with HIV in Nashville.

The Metro Nashville Ending the Epidemic Plan is the result of a deep community planning process led by the task force that included input from more than 120 advocates and stakeholders as well as feedback from the community at large.

This plan is Nashville’s vision for our future to come. All stakeholders – consumers, nonprofits, for-profits, health care providers, insurers, researchers, advocates, churches, businesses and government alike – are encouraged to continue to engage early and often as we move to the next phase of combating HIV in Nashville.

Task Force Members

  • Dr. James Hildreth, President, Meharry Medical College (Task Force Chair)
  • Dr. Bill Paul, Director, Metro Public Health Department
  • Dr. Carolyn Wester, Medical Director for HIV/AIDS/STD, Tennessee Department of Health
  • Dr. Stephen Raffanti, CMO, Comprehensive Care Center, Vanderbilt University Medical Center
  • Dr. Stephanie Bailey, Senior Associate, Dean of Public Health Practice, Meharry School of Public Health
  • Representative John Ray Clemmons, Tennessee General Assembly
  • Brian Haile, CEO, Neighborhood Health
  • Kevin Hartman, Owner, Nashville Pharmacy Services
  • Councilwoman Sharon Hurt, Acting Executive Director, Street Works
  • Joseph Interrante, CEO, Nashville CARES
  • Michele Johnson, Executive Director, Tennessee Justice Center
  • Julian Leggs, Community Advocate
  • Rev. Edwin Sanders, Senior Servant, Metropolitan Interdenominational Church
  • Tom Ward, Executive Director, Oasis Center