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Building a culture of health in Nashville

Nashville has deep musical heritage, legendary country influence and attractions like the famed Music Row. Our thriving home, recently described as a “southern boom town,” is growing at an unprecedented rate. Our sites, sounds, impressive culture, and top-notch culinary scene attracts people from around the world. Yet it's our diverse, wonderful people and unique neighborhoods that keep the beat of Music City. We are proud of flourishing cultural city, but we’re faced with many health challenges. Heart disease is our #1 killer. Childhood obesity is at an all-time high. Social determinants of health often dictate life expectancy from neighborhood to neighborhood. Despite these challenges, we’re fighting harder than ever to encourage positive lifestyle changes. New mothers and families are learning CPR. We're offering balanced cooking classes in community centers. We're advocating for PE in our schools and fostering quality health care for all citizens. Join us and together we can build a healthier Middle Tennessee.

Health Measurements

Donate HeartPercent of adults with...
High Blood Pressure: 28.6%
High Cholesterol: 32.7%
Diabetes: 10.6%
Heart Disease: 4.6%

Lifestyle Risk Factors

Donate HeartPercent of adults who...
Don't exercise: 25.8%
Are overweight (BMI over 25): 65.3%
Smoke cigarettes: 20.2%
Don't eat enough fruits and veggies: 71%

Our Community

Cain Clinkscales

Cain Clinkscales, survivor

Clain Clinkscales was born with a severe congenital heart defect and underwent several open-heart surgeries, the first one only 12 days after birth. Cain’s family turned to the American Heart Association for support and information. Today, at 10-years old, Cain and his family are long-time volunteers and supporters and help the AHA reach out to other parents who may be facing similar challenges with CHD.

Closing Equity Gaps

EmPOWERED To Serve™ is a movement inspired by our multicultural volunteers around the country who are passionate about driving change through health justice in their communities. These committed ambassadors are impacting gaps in health equity through advocacy, policy, education and social change.

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The Lifesaver Generation

When CPR is preformed properly and promptly during cardiac arrest, survival rates can double or triple. We fought to make this lifesaving training a graduation requirement for all Tennessee students, and now train more than 60,000 in-state teenagers each year. By filling our city with bystanders equipped to take action, we are helping to improve survival odds for everyone in Nashville.

Arming Nashville Healthcare Workers

Target: BP™ has launched in Nashville, providing health professionals with the tools to effectively manage patients' blood pressure. There are 24 health organizations enrolled in Middle Tennessee. Find out what high blood pressure is, and arm yourself with the knowledge about this "silent killer" affecting millions of people.

Blood Pressure Cuff
Blood Pressure Screening
Target BP
Blood Pressure Screening

Blood Pressure

Check. Change. Control.

Stress on your blood vessels from high blood pressure can lead to heart attack, stroke, heart failure, and other serious health threats. Use our free Check. Change. Control.™ online tool to track your readings and maintain a healthy heart!

Target BP

For Professionals

Target: BP

The AHA and AMA joined forces with the launch of Target: BP™ to support physicians and care teams. We can track and maintain blood pressure goals for our patients by offering access to the latest research, tools, and resources.

Focus on Quality

Patient outcomes improve when medical professionals apply the most up-to-date, evidence-based treatment guidelines. That’s the simple truth behind the obsession with continuous quality improvement. Our entire suite of programs can help advance your efforts farther and faster in the quest for ever-better care.

Get With the Guidelines

Why Cholesterol Matters

There are few warning signs of high cholesterol, but the impact is real. By lowering your cholesterol, you'll reduce your risk of heart disease and stroke. Take control today. Manage your cholesterol levels by making healthy lifestyle choices and following a sound medical treatment plan.

Healthy For Good

You don’t need a guilt trip. We know you know. You want to be Healthy For Good. And we’re here to help inspire you to create lasting change in your health and your life, one small step at a time. The approach is simple: Eat smart. Add color. Move more. Be well. Get Healthy For Good.

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Support Network

Support Network™

Life is hard, but you're not alone. We're all in this together, right? Learn from locals like you or help others going through a tough time. Explore the chat forums, read survivor stories, seek and receive support. Because it's okay to lean on others who have been there too.

Heart-Healthy Cooking Demos

Our young professionals PULSE Board partnered with the local Nashville farmer's market and chef Laura Rodriguez to provide a live cooking demonstration and tasting at the Friday night event. Cooking heart-healthy recipes has never been easier!

Community Health at Nash Farmers Market
Herman Williams

“I’ve had the privilege to work with the Greater Nashville American Heart and American Stroke Association for several years and am a great supporter of their work due to my personal experience with heart disease and stroke throughout my life. The mission really hit home for me one day when I suffered a sudden cardiac arrest at the Nashville Airport. My life was saved using bystander CPR, something the American Heart and American Stroke Association has worked tirelessly to teach.”

–Herman Williams, MD, MBA, Executive Vice President & Chief Clinical Officer RCCH Healthcare Partners

Tennessee Capitol Building
Early Childcare Education

State Policy Win

To give kids the building blocks for a healthy life, we helped establish statewide education standards for nutrition, physical activity, and screen-time for both center- and home-based early childcare settings.

Advocate for a healthier Tennessee(link opens in new window)

Funding Local Researchers

Research is a pillar of the American Heart Association’s lifesaving mission. Over the past 10 years, we’ve awarded 235 grants totaling $38 million to Nashville-area researchers in the ongoing quest to understand, improve, and treat cardiovascular disease and stroke. The results will assist doctors, hospitals, and other institutions to save lives in our own backyard and across the world.

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Local Research Spotlight

“Our overarching goal is to understand and create a customized treatment plan for obese individuals at high risk for heart disease and to prevent the development of heart disease. This is called personalized, or precision medicine. We will understand how to identify people are at unusually high risk to develop heart disease, which will be useful in developing new medications that we hope are significantly more effective at treating obesity and heart disease.”

–Kevin Niswender, M.D., Ph.D., Vanderbilt University Medical Center


Visit Professional Heart Daily, a resource for clinicians and scientists

Research Goes Red

Project Baseline by verily

Join thousands of women in the fight against heart disease. The American Heart Association's Go Red for Women® movement and Verily's Project Baseline have joined forces to launch Research Goes Red, an initiative calling on women across the United States to contribute to health research.

Rolanda Perkins

Rolanda Perkins suffered a heart attack in 2005. She was totally unprepared, unaware and uneducated about information pertaining to heart health. Since then, she’s become a loyal volunteer and a national spokesperson for the Go Red For Women campaign raising awareness about living heart-healthy lifestyles.

“Had I known then what I know today, I might have had a better chance of preventing my episode. I don’t want what happened to me to become a chapter in someone else’s life. I’ve been blessed with a chance to help empower others to take control of their heart health.”

–Rolanda Perkins, Nashville survivor

West Tennessee Stream
West Tennessee Stream

Greater Together

Across the Volunteer State, communities are building a healthier infrastructure and tackling inequities for hearts of all ages. The challenges are great, but together our future is greater.

Local Events

Greater Nashville Heart Walk

Saturday, September 14, 2019

Vanderbilt University - Capers Field

Let's get Heartwalking, a movement to move more. Heart Walk is a festival of one million hearts in 300+ communities nationwide beating healthy for good. Walk in memory of someone you love, or create a team.

Nashville Heart Walk
Heart Walk

Rutherford Heart Walk

Saturday, September 21, 2019

The Gateway Trail at MMC

Middle Tennessee Go Red For Women Luncheon

April 3, 2020

Marathon Music Works

We "Go Red" for our mothers, daughters, sisters, and friends. Heart disease and stroke cause one in three deaths among women - more than all cancers combined. Let's raise awareness that 80 percent of cardiac events are preventable!

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Middle TN Heart Ball

Middle Tennessee Heart Gala

Saturday, January 25, 2020

Schermerhorn Symphony Center

Business, medical, and other community leaders unite to celebrate the lifesaving mission of the American Heart Association. Don't miss this unforgettable evening of inspiration, entertainment, and hope as we build a healthier Middle Tennessee!

Rutherford Heart Ball

Saturday, February 22, 2020

Embassy Suites, Murfreesboro

Business, medical, and other community leaders unite to celebrate the lifesaving work of the American Heart Association. Don't miss this unforgettable evening of inspiration, entertainment and hope as we build a healthier community!


Get Involved

Janet Ayers

Why I support the AHA…

“As Tennessee natives, Jim and I are especially passionate about improving the quality of lives in our state. We invest in the AHA because it makes lives better by systematically changing local and state policy, improving quality care in rural areas and educating women - the CEO and Chief Medical Officer of the household - to live healthier. It has been meaningful to see our philanthropy inspire others to also invest in the AHA. ”

–Janet Ayers, an American Heart Association donor in Nashville


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Contact Us

Nashville Ryman Auditorium
Nashville Parthenon

1818 Patterson Street
Nashville, TN 37203

Phone: (615) 340-4100

Local Leadership

Middle Tennessee Board of Directors

Board of Directors

Board Chair

John P. Gromos
Vice President, General Manager
Turner Construction

Board President

Walter K. Clair, M.D.
Associate Professor, Executive Medical Director
Vanderbilt Health and Vascular Institute

Past Board Chair

David M. Dill
President and Chief Operating Officer
LifePoint Health

Past Board President

Thomas S. Johnston
M.D. Cardiologist
TriStar Health

Board President Elect

Evelio Rodriguez, M.D.
Cardiac Surgeon
Saint Thomas Medical Partners

Board Members

Greg Allen
Cigna MidSouth

Scott Cihak
Centennial Medical Center

Marilyn A. Dubree
Executive Chief Nursing Officer,
Vanderbilt University Medical Center

Carl Haley, Jr.
President and Chief Executive Officer,
Grand Avenue

Ken Harms

Damon T. Hininger
President and Chief Executive Officer,

Angela Humphreys
Chair, Healthcare Practice Group
Bass, Berry & Sims PLC

Shawn Joseph, Ed.D.
Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools

Alfred Lumsdaine
Chief Financial Officer
Quorum Health Corporation

Ken Misch
Chief Financial Officer

Pal Narayanan

Steve Otto
Chief Executive Officer
TriStar Skyline Medical Center

Dr. William S. Paul,
Metro Public Health Department

C. Wright Pinson
M.D., Deputy Chief Executive Officer, Chief Health System Officer and Chairman
Vanderbilt Health Affiliated Network

Nelson Shields
Nextime, Inc

Brian Waller
Chief Strategy Officer and Founding Partner
Vaco, LLC

Michael Wiechart
Exec. VP and COO

A. Brian Wilcox, Jr., M.D.
Chief Clinical Officer
RCCH HealthCare Partners

Herman Williams, M.D.
Chief Clinical Officer
RCCH HealthCare

Amy Wilson
Chief Nursing Officer
Satin Thomas Health

John C. Witt, M.D.
Medical Director Comprehensive Stroke Center
TriStar Health

Beth Workman
Chief Financial Officer
United Derm Partners

Advisory Council

Clay Bright
Vice President
Brasfield & Gorrie

Dick Cowart
Chair-Health Law & Public Policy Departments
Baker Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz, PC

Richard L. Miller

Heather J. Rohan
Division President
TriStar Health

James C. Seabury, III
Chief Executive Officer
Enterprise Solutions

Keith Wolken
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
SMS Holdings Corp.

Greater Nashville Leadership Committees

Rutherford County Board of Directors

Healthy For Good/Greater Nashville Heart Walk

Nashville Go Red For Women

Nashville Heart Gala

Tennessee Advocacy Subcommittee

Middle Tennessee PULSE Board

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