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Meharry Community Wellness Center

The Meharry Community Wellness Center includes a wide range of early intervention services and focuses on expanding access to and retention into high quality care, reducing health disparities, and improving health outcomes. The target population (African Americans in north Nashville) are characterized by high rates of non-insurance (43%), poverty (87.5%), incarceration (20%), low education (86%), and family breakdown (85%). Among HIV/AIDS clients seen at MCWC, the primary mode of transmission  is heterosexual contact (56%) but the MSM category is increasing (23%). The primary goals of this program are 1) to reduce the rate of HIV/AIDS and 2) to improve the health outcomes of low-income and medically underserved African Americans living with HIV/AIDS primarily in North Nashville.

The Center is a Ryan White Part C outpatient EIS program administered by Vladimir Berthaud, M.D., M.P.H., F.A.C.P. Contact Dr. Berthaud at for more information about the program and its services.