CARES in the Time of COVID

Amna Osman, Nashville Cares CEO

Amna Osman, Nashville Cares CEO

As an organization that provides comprehensive services to people at risk of, or living with HIV, Nashville CARES has an obligation to protect the health and well being of our community. Guided by public health best practices, we have taken several steps to reduce the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) while continuing to provide our most essential services. We are closely monitoring and evaluating guidance from the Tennessee Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and will update you as our response evolves.

Supporting the health and wellness of all our community members is paramount as the local and national response to COVID-19 continues to rapidly change. We provide many essential community services that are needed now more than ever:  Insurance Assistance Program, Case Management, Housing Assistance, Prevention and Testing Services, Behavioral Health and Counseling Services, Early Intervention Services, Peer Programs and supportive services through our HEARTLine which provides Nutrition, Food and Transportation. These services are vital for people living with HIV and for those at risk.

The determination to make changes to our service delivery and suspend community counseling and testing programs that people rely on has been challenging. We can say confidently, however, that we take these steps now to lessen the risk of greater challenges and consequences in the future.

Please check this website for information about services and status of our programming.

During this time, your support means everything to me, Nashville CARES board, to our staff, and to our community. Please look for regular updates from Nashville CARES on our response.

I would also encourage you to stay informed and seek information from public health officials. We recommend the TDH website for local updates and the CDC website for additional information. If you have any questions please call the TDH  hotline  (877) 857-2945  and the Vanderbilt hotline (888) 312-0847.

If you have any questions, please feel free to email me at aosman@nashvillecares.org or call me at (615) 762-6953.

With appreciation and thanks,

Amna Osman, CEO