The Tennessean: Nashville's health disparities by race and income are wide, but incentives are a solution | Opinion

Dr. Joseph Webb discusses the health disparities in Tennessee and how the NGH's success of its Metro Healthcare Incentive Program is expanding access and addressing the affordability of healthcare in our community.

by Nashville General Hospital
Dr. Joseph Webb, CEO of Nashville General Hospital, speaks at an announcement that revealed results from a poll recently conducted that shows support from voters for Medicaid expansion in Tennessee

Joseph Webb | Guest Columnist

Health equity, defined as the attainment of the highest level of health for all people, emphasizes valuing everyone equally and undertaking societal efforts to mitigate avoidable inequalities and eliminate health and healthcare disparities.

This principle is particularly relevant in Nashville, where the 2018 Nashville Health Equity Report highlighted troubling disparities: Davidson County's infant mortality rate was 7.1 per 1,000 live births, significantly higher for non-Hispanic Black infants at 12.6, compared to 4.2 for non-Hispanic White infants.

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