BE WELL at NPL: Advancing Health Literacy in Nashville 2020-2021

BE WELL at NPL advances health literacy in the Nashville/Davidson County community by providing access and outreach to free wellness programs and health resources through the trusted space of the Nashville Public Library system. BE WELL addresses local health inequities by prioritizing resources and activities in NPL branches whose neighborhoods have higher rates of chronic disease and less access to healthy living opportunities. From weekly yoga and Zumba, to cooking classes, meditation and smoking cessation groups, BE WELL at NPL aligns its activities with the local health priority areas outlined in Davidson Countys Community Health Needs Assessment. Embracing its role as a key partner in community health, NPL opens its doors to partner agencies to hold health insurance open enrollment, summer feeding for 86, WIC clinics, and social worker drop-ins, with the understanding that many people feel more comfortable accessing assistance in the library than in a clinical setting. This work continues in spite of COVID-19 as the BE WELL at NPL program currently adapts to face these unprecedented times.

Project Details

Organization Name

Nashville Public Library - Main Branch

Organization Type
All of Us
Public library
Project Lead

Elizabeth Roth

Start Date
June 12, 2020
End Date
April 30, 2021
Funding Amount
Community-based Organization Staff
General Public
Library or Information Professional
Student, College & Post-grad
Student, K-12
Adults (19-64 yrs.)
Children (0-12 yrs.)
Adults (19-64 yrs.)
Seniors (65+ yrs.)
Teens (13-18 yrs.)
Blacks/African Americans
Hispanics/Latin Americans
Behavioral/Social Determinants of Health