Nashville CARES, Street Works and Neighborhood Health Win Salute to Excellence Award

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Thrive, a collaboration between Nashville CARES, Street Works and Neighborhood Health, won the Collaboration College Award at last week’s Salute to Excellence Awards. Thrive integrates HIV and STI prevention, testing, medical care and support services for the LGBTQI community in a one-stop-shop called My House. With this strong collaboration, THRIVE will reduce the new cases of HIV in middle Tennessee by 50 percent, from more than 200 each year to 100 annual new diagnoses. Thrive won a $25,000 award to help implement the project.


“We are honored to be recognized by the Center for Nonprofit Management,” said Joseph Interrante, Nashville CARES CEO. “My House will be a true integration of services that address the health and wellness needs of both HIV-positive and negative gay and bisexual men in Middle Tennessee.”


Collaboration College enables interagency groups to work together to achieve long-term community goals. The agencies work together to strengthen their skills and work with consultants to polish their plans. Collaboration College sponsors include the HCA Foundation, Baptist Healing Trust, Lipscomb University, the Center for Nonprofit Management, c/3 Consulting, and NorthHighland Worldwide Consulting.


My House includes two of Tennessee’s leading HIV/AIDS service organizations, Nashville CARES and Street Works, and one of the nation’s most experienced Federally Qualified Health Centers, Neighborhood Health. The project’s goal is to reduce new HIV infections, increase access to care and optimize health outcomes for people living with or at risk for HIV/AIDS throughout Middle Tennessee. The project places special focus on African American gay and bisexual men, who are among those most heavily impacted by HIV/AIDS in the region.


“It’s an honor to be recognized by the Center for Nonprofit Management alongside Nashville CARES and Neighborhood Health,” said Ron Crowder, Street Works CEO “This collaboration is vital to ending the epidemic.”


“We especially want to thank our consultants from NorthHighland Consulting for working with us on this endeavor,” said Mary Bufwack, Neighborhood Health CEO. “Without their support, our My House presentation would not have been so successful.”


My House will increase the number of people tested for HIV, increase the number of peeople who are aware of their HIV status, and increase the number of HIV positive people who are receiving HIV medical care. It is slated to open within the next year.


About Nashville CARES: Nashville CARES is the premier HIV/AIDS organization in the region. We provide comprehensive education, a broad range of targeted services and effective advocacy, all in a highly personal, confidential and compassionate manner. We are proactively and aggressively working to end the HIV/AIDS epidemic in Middle Tennessee. With your help, Nashville CARES offers services annually to 60,000 Middle Tennesseans infected and affected by HIV/AIDS including: HIV prevention education to more than 40,000 youth and adults, almost 17,000 FREE confidential HIV tests, and essential support services to 2,850 men, women and children living with the disease. To learn more, visit us at and “Like” us on Facebook

About Street Works: Street Works’ mission is to prevent the spread of HIV disease and provide care and supportive services for those infected and affected through outreach, education, and advocacy in communities of greatest risk. Street Works serves individuals who are infected or affected with HIV disease. Historically, Street Works has primarily serviced the needs of the minority communities. Today, Street Works has grown to include all populations who are at an increased risk for HIV disease. To learn more visit or like us on Facebook at

About Neighborhood Health: Neighborhood Health is Nashville’s Family Doctor. We are dedicated to improving the health of our community by providing affordable quality care to all. For nearly 4 decades, Neighborhood Health has provided convenient, affordable, high quality health care to Middle TN. Begun in 1976, the organization has grown into a network of 11 centers serving over 25,000 each year, and providing over 90,000 visits each year. With quality comprehensive services and innovative programs, Neighborhood Health has remained passionately committed to its mission to make all services available to everyone without regard to ability to pay. To learn more, visit