October 17, 2003

VU and VCH to join Mayor’s Town Hall meeting

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Dr. Daniel Beauchamp, who underwent open heart surgery just over a year ago, keeps his heart in shape by playing tennis regularly.

On Monday, Oct. 20, Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital, Vanderbilt University and other community partners will announce efforts to help those living in northwest Nashville. Plans to improve the community will be the topic of a Mayor’s Town Hall meeting hosted by Vice Chancellor and Legal Counsel David Williams II and Mayor Bill Purcell.

Through the Safe Community grant, Vanderbilt Children’s Health and Injury Prevention Program (VCHIPP) is partnering with Vanderbilt Institute for Public Policy (VIPPS) to improve life for people who live in northwest Nashville. The two groups will evaluate the area and work together with governmental agencies to reduce crime, improve the health of the people who live there and help the community build a more solid base for the future of families in the area.

Vanderbilt community members are invited to attend the town hall meeting and learn what projects are about to begin to help build the neighboring community. The town hall meeting will be held from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. at the McKissack Professional Development School Auditorium at 915 38th Ave. N.

Call for Volunteers

Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital has launched several new community outreach projects including a brand new chapter of the Safe Kids Coalition of Cumberland Valley. With the increase in outreach comes the increased need for volunteers. Weekly projects are held during daytime, evening and weekend shifts. Volunteer opportunities range from greeting guests at events to becoming a certified child passenger safety technician. For more information, contact Stephanie Van Dyke, director of Volunteer Services, at 322-0357.