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Cities and Communities with Heart Initiative Nashville

A First-of-its-Kind Effort Aims to Stop Heart Disease and Stroke Among Women in Nashville

About CCHI Nashville

CCHI Nashville is a first-of-its-kind effort to harness the diversity and energy of the Nashville community to make a broad impact on heart disease and stroke in its women.

Led by the Women’s Heart Alliance, the Cities and Communities with Heart Initiative (CCHI) Nashville is a collaborative, multi-year effort to stop women in Nashville from needlessly suffering and dying from cardiovascular disease.

In Davidson County, cardiovascular disease is women’s number one killer. For every one woman who dies of breast cancer, more than eight die from heart disease and stroke.

Many people are at risk of heart disease and stroke:

  • 23.2 percent of adults smoke
  • Nearly one-third (31 percent) are obese
  • About 1 in 4 (26 percent) are physically inactive
  • 33.6 percent report having high blood pressure
  • 33.5 percent say they have been diagnosed with high cholesterol

Additionally, residents in many parts of the city lack easy access to affordable, healthy food.

CCHI Nashville’s five program components will roll out throughout 2017 and include:

  1. Caring for the Caregiver, a program to improve cardiovascular health and reduce CVD risk factors among nurses in Nashville’s hospitals and health systems;
  2. A clinical study on pregnancy complications and their link to CVD risk factors and CVD;
  3. A workforce health initiative through the Office of the Mayor to improve the heart health of female municipal workers;
  4. A screening and prevention effort in collaboration with Tennessee State University to reduce CVD and its risk factors in younger women; and
  5. A community initiative centered around one or more health centers and reaching African American, and/or immigrant refugee women.

CCHI Nashville is led by a six-member community steering committee that includes WHA, the Office of Mayor Megan Barry, Metro Public Health Department Nashville, Meharry-Vanderbilt Alliance, NashvilleHealth and Saint Thomas Ascension Health.