November 2, 2023

Nashville schools receive national award — thanks to Vanderbilt Health program

The recent ceremony to honor Metro Nashville Public Schools (MNPS) with the Healthcare Leadership Council (HLC) Redefining American Healthcare Award included (L-R), Nashville Mayor Freddie O’Connell, MNPS Board Chair Rachael Anne Elrod, MNPS Benefits Director David Hines, VUMC’s executive vice president of Population Health David Posch, HLC’s executive vice president Michael Freeman and HLC’s Regional Director Brad Crone

The Healthcare Leadership Council (HLC) honored Metro Nashville Public Schools (MNPS) with its Redefining American Healthcare Award for the many steps MNPS has taken to remove cost and access barriers for its teachers and staff.

The award is underpinned by the school system’s partnership with Vanderbilt Health Employer Solutions (VHES) to offer MyHealth Bundles at no out-of-pocket costs to the employees. The programs address high-cost, high-incidence conditions such as weight loss, maternity care, and back and neck pain.

“We are truly grateful for our long-standing partnership with Metro Nashville Public Schools,” said David Posch, executive vice president for Vanderbilt University Medical Center’s Office of Population Health. “Together, we embarked on a shared journey to transform the way health care is delivered and received. It’s an enormous honor to care for the dedicated public school teachers and support staff in Davidson County. They deserve all we can do to help them be healthy and vibrant in their work as they are a backbone of our community preparing our children for the future.”

“At MNPS, we firmly believe that providing exceptional benefits is pivotal to truly valuing and taking care of our dedicated educators and staff,” said Board Chair Rachael Anne Elrod. “Their wellbeing is our success, and we appreciate the recognition of the Healthcare Leadership Council.”

The HLC created the award to recognize best practices and programs that optimize care for vulnerable patients. Award recipients are organizations developing and activating cost-effective, measurable community programs promoting a patient-centered approach to care that considers outside social factors to achieve the best outcomes.

The October 20, 2023, ceremony featured Tennessee Congressman John Rose and Nashville Mayor Freddie O’Connell, in addition to leadership from both MNPS and Vanderbilt Health.

MNPS is one of the nation’s largest and most diverse school districts, with 14,000 teachers and staff educating more than 80,000 students in Metro Nashville-Davidson County.

Learn more about the Vanderbilt Health and MNPS partnership in the Bundles Impact Report.