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Mayor Briley Appoints Advisory Council To Help Eliminate Hiv/Aids In Nashville

Thomas Mulgrew, 615-862-6461

One year after appointing a taskforce to develop a strategic plan to end the HIV/AIDS epidemic in Nashville, Mayor David Briley today signed an executive order creating the Ending the HIV Epidemic Advisory Council comprised of health care experts and community leaders to oversee the execution of that plan.

“I believe we can end HIV in our city, and today marks the next important step in the work,” said Mayor Briley. “This advisory council will build on the plan we have put together, implementing solutions to prevent infections, reduce disparities and dramatically improve the quality of life for those living with HIV/AIDS and their families. I’m grateful to each of these leaders for the contributions they will make to help us realize our goal.”

The Ending the Epidemic Task Force oversaw an extensive community input process in 2018 that included more than 120 advocates and stakeholders, and culminated in the release in February of a plan to stamp out HIV/AIDS in Nashville. The Ending the Epidemic Plan includes initiatives and action steps that will raise awareness, reduce stigma, improve care and support for people living with HIV. The plan focuses on prevention efforts that have the potential to eliminate future infections.

There are more than 4,000 Davidson County residents living with HIV, and in 2017 there were 147 new diagnoses. Though this number is down from previous years, the rate of decreasing new diagnoses has slowed recently. There are also people in Nashville who are living with HIV and are unaware they have the disease.

The Task Force identified six overarching goals to End the Epidemic by 2024:

  • Ensure that 90 percent of Nashville residents living with HIV know their serostatus
  • Decrease by two-thirds the number of Nashville residents with newly acquired HIV
  • Link 90 percent of those diagnosed with HIV to care within one month of diagnosis
  • Engage 90 percent of people diagnosed with HIV in care
  • Ensure that 90 percent of those engaged in care will achieve viral suppression
  • Eliminate disparities in HIV outcomes

The members of the Ending the HIV Epidemic Advisory Council are:

  • Clare Bolds, Program Manager, Southeast AIDS Education & Training Center
  • DeAnn Bullock, M.D., CMO, Nashville General Hospital
  • Brian Haile, CEO, Neighborhood Health
  • James Hildreth, M.D., President and CEO, and Professor, Internal Medicine, Meharry Medical College
  • Sharon Hurt, Executive Director, Street Works and Metro Council Member At-Large
  • Joseph Interrante, Community Advocate
  • Sean Kelly, M.D., Assistant Professor of Medicine, Division of Infectious Diseases, Vanderbilt University Medical Center
  • Rajeev Mavath, M.D., Director, Ryan White Part A Program, Metro Public Health Department
  • Brady Morris, Co-Chair, Nashville Regional HIV Planning Council
  • Amna Osman, CEO, Nashville CARES
  • Stephen Raffanti, M.D., Professor of Medicine, Division of Infectious Diseases, Vanderbilt University School Medicine, Medical Director, Vanderbilt Comprehensive Care Clinic
  • Reverend Edwin Sanders, Senior Servant, Metropolitan Interdenominational Church
  • Fahad Tahir, President and CEO, Saint Thomas Midtown and Saint Thomas West, Saint Thomas Health
  • Traci Patton Woodberry, Director, Community Housing Services, Urban Housing Solutions