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Should hospitals prioritize their own patients for COVID-19 vaccinations?

Feb 9, 2021
The practice by some hospitals is raising concerns about equity.
As the nationwide vaccination program expanded to include older Americans, some states have ordered hospitals to stop putting their patients ahead of the broader community.
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Last-minute COVID vaccine appointments raise questions about equity

Feb 1, 2021
States like Tennessee are learning about the perils of scheduling vaccinations while vaccine supply is unpredictable.
David Gibbs, 86, raced down to a church on short notice to get vaccinated against the coronavirus. However, seniors who are homebound, don't drive or don't use the internet may find it harder to arrange a vaccination.
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Logistical challenges just beginning for nation's vaccination drive

Jan 18, 2021
As eligibility expands, the tasks involved in scheduling and managing distribution become more complex.
Sally Kohn of Tennessee enlisted a neighbor in the medical field to help her arrange her coronavirus vaccination.
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As COVID-19 vaccines roll out, researchers still seek diverse pool for clinical trials

Dec 30, 2020
Latinx and Black participants are underrepresented in typical clinical vaccine trials.
A sign calling for trial volunteers at the Research Centers of America in Hollywood, Florida, in August.
Leila Macor/AFP via Getty Images

In some isolated rural areas, COVID-19 is hitting hard

Nov 13, 2020
Grundy County, Tennessee, is seeing new cases of COVID-19 every day, but health services are not readily available there.
In Tennessee, the National Guard has resumed running weekend drive-thru testing sites in rural communities, where COVID-19 testing is sometimes only available at the local health department.
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How one Nashville haunted house is trying to stay safe — and scary — this Halloween

Oct 13, 2020
The attraction operators are finding ways to open with modifications. For instance, screaming in peoples' faces is off limits.
Nashville Nightmare owner Brad Webb, left, walks the city’s health director, Dr. Michael Caldwell, through a haunted school attraction ahead of opening weekend.
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In Nashville's dominant health care sector, a lack of diversity in the upper ranks

Sep 3, 2020
Industry leaders say the lack of diversity also contributes to health disparities, like higher rates of chronic conditions in Black Americans.
Bobby Frist, chairman of the Nashville Health Care Council’s board of directors, speaks at an event. He's encouraging member companies to take meaningful action on racial inequity.
Donn Jones Photography and the Nashville Health Care Council

Teachers weigh their options as some districts reopen with in-person classes

Jul 30, 2020
Some choose to quit due to health concerns rather than go back into the classroom.
Teachers in Tennessee passing out food to students.
Courtesy Tennessee Department of Education

A company rebounds after learning hard lessons from COVID-19 outbreak

Jun 8, 2020
The virus sickened about a dozen employees at a Nashville tire distributor. Now those workers are trying to put their experience to good use..
The sales team at Dunlap & Kyle sits just outside General Manager Adam Waldrup's office, and most of them contracted COVID-19, with the first confirmed case April 2.
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Congress said COVID-19 tests should be free, but who might end up paying?

Jun 3, 2020
Some major health systems say they are sitting on millions of dollars in billing.
Vanderbilt University Medical Center has been holding back many bills related to COVID-19 testing for fear of a backlash from patients, who might be surprised that they owe anything.
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