CHEN: Congregational Health and Education Network
CHEN Mission & Goal
The mission of CHEN is to reduce the health disparities among Nashville's African American community by elevating education attainment and health literacy through faith-based partnership.
Our goal is to do this in the marginalized communities of the greater Nashville area, serving their congregational needs both individually and collectively.
CHEN Membership Benefits
CHEN members receive:
- Support from their peers within our network of clergy leaders representing Nashville’s diverse faith communities.
- Social service resources and programs (e.g. housing assistance, Allied Health training, and health literacy support) for the represented congregations.
- Direct access to health education from the trusted expertise of Nashville General Hospital, to further promote health literacy.
Kristin Clarkson, MHA, is a professional with a demonstrated history in serving the community both personally and professionally, dedicated to the work of improving health equity in marginalized communities. She received her B.A. in Biology from Fisk University and Master of Health Administration from Walden University. Currently, Kristin is continuing her education at Walden University by pursuing a doctorate in Public Health. Kristin is a member of several professional, academic, and community organizations, including Sigma Alpha Pi Honor Society, the Young Leaders Council, and most recently served as a Junior Board member at the YWCA.
She currently serves as the Director of the Congregational Health & Education Network (CHEN), cultivating culturally inclusive engagement opportunities through diverse faith-based and community partnerships that contribute to equitable outcomes.