“We just want to be someone they can call and that we can address those needs.”
Anastasia works for Project Access Nashville, a program under the leadership of the Nashville Academy of Medicine and the Medical Foundation of Nashville. She helps connect low-income and uninsured residents of Davidson, Rutherford and Williamson counties to quality health care. She says nearly 60 percent of their patients are Spanish speaking, and that language is often a barrier to accessing services. “We recently had a patient who speaks Farsi and she has her ID in English. She couldn’t even verify her date of birth; imagine not being able to verify your date of birth over the phone even with an interpreter on the line?” She says communication is so important in this line of work, in ensuring that our neighbors who need it can access affordable medical care. “It’s when everyone’s working together that the patient is better served between the hospitals, the clinics and the specialty doctors.”

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