Network Initiative

Youth Health Equity Collaborative

The Youth Health Equity Collaborative (YHEC) brings Nashville-focused stakeholders together to review and respond to local needs identified through the bi-annual Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS). Using an equity lens, YHEC will identify priority focus areas to address as a collaborative. Additionally, YHEC will serve to build and sustain relationships and communication between stakeholders across the community. Finally, the YHEC also serves as the School Health Advisory Council for the MNPS 1807 CDC grant.



Shannon Key, MNPS

Melissa Gordon, MNPS

Latissa Hall, Metro Public Health Department


Dawn Bennett, The Table

Simyka Carlton, Metro Nashville Public Schools

Joan Clayton-Davis

Adrienne Doaks, Mental Health Cooperative - MSHS

Laura Ferguson-Mims, Tennessee Higher Education Initiative

Luke Finck, Vanderbilt University

Meghan Gwaltney, American Foundation for Suicide Prevention - Area Director

Jeremy Hawkins, Oasis Center

Alex McCandless, Hope Clinic for Women

Maria Heerdt, MNPS - Family Engagement Specialist

Whitney Salyer, Centerstone

Kyle Stockard, Planned Parenthood of Middle and East Tennessee

Brook McKelvey, Metro Public Health Department

Bryan Currie, Big Brothers Big Sisters

Thomas Lavallais, TN Safe Schools

Sarah Cermack, MNPS trauma informed

Amy Kraus, MNPS behavioral specialists

Sheldon Walker, MPHD

Sara Tuttle, MNPS SEL Director

Makeda Watson, MNPS Community Achieves

Kathy Gracey, Vanderbilt

Paige Trollinger, MNPS Coordinated School Health

Nicole Boyle, MNPS Coordinated School Health

Shatina Marshall, MNPS - Dept. of Justice Grant Manager

Catherine Sakarapanee, MNPS

Vanessa Lazon, MNPS - EL Department

Kathy Gracey, Vanderbilt

Monica Coverson, Metro Nashville Public Schools

Mary Crnobori, Metro Nashville Public Schools

Kay Higgs, STARS Nashville

Joseph Wilson, STARS Nashville

Chris Echegaray, Metro Nashville Public Schools

Tracy Glascoe, Vanderbilt University

Charity Ingersoll, Vanderbilt Institute for Medicine and Public Health

Michael Kirshner, Mental Health Cooperative

Debra McAdams, Metro Nashville Public Schools

LaSeanda Sanders, Metro Nashville Public Schools

Marion Smyser, Centerstone

Derrick Williams, Metro Nashville Public Schools

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