Nashville medical leaders to discuss racial health disparities and possible solutions June 18


COVID-19 Health Disparities Webinar

Local health experts will explore health disparities and inequities in the Nashville community and how these issues can be addressed during a virtual event on Friday, June 18, from 1 to 2 p.m. CT.  Hosted by Vanderbilt, “Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities in Nashville: An Update” is free and open to the public. 

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“COVID-19 has laid bare the inequities affecting communities of color, but these issues are not unique to the current pandemic, nor are they a new phenomenon,” said Vice Chancellor for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion and Chief Diversity Officer at Vanderbilt University Dr. André L. Churchwell, who will serve as moderator for the webinar. “As medical professionals, we’ve seen firsthand the racial disparities in health care access and quality that have persisted for decades. This important discussion will explore these challenges and ways we can address them to improve health outcomes in our community.” 

A follow-up to a similar discussion focused on COVID-19 a year ago, the webinar will address pertinent issues affecting the most vulnerable members of the Nashville community. An expert panel of community health leaders will offer ideas and solutions from a public health, public policy and broad medical perspective. 

Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities in Nashville: An Update 

June 18, 1 p.m. CT 


  • Dr. André L. Churchwell, Levi Watkins Chair, vice chancellor for equity, diversity and inclusion and chief diversity officer, professor of medicine (cardiology), professor of radiology and radiological services and professor of biomedical engineering at Vanderbilt University 
  • Sen. Dr. Bill Frist, founder and chairman of NashvilleHealth 
  • Dr. James E.K. Hildreth, president and chief executive officer, Meharry Medical College 
  • Dr. Consuelo H. Wilkins, vice president for health equity and professor of medicine, Vanderbilt University Medical Center