Free mobile testing for COVID-19 is beginning in Nashville this week and will continue on key Saturdays throughout the summer.
Meharry Medical College has partnered with local churches to offer free testing for COVID-19 at multiple locations in addition to its three existing Assessment Centers on Meharry’s campus, at Nissan Stadium and in the Kmart parking lot in Antioch.
All community members are invited to participate in the free testing for COVID-19 at the following locations:
- June 6 from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.: Mt. Gilead Missionary Baptist Church
- June 13 from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.: Fairfield Missionary Baptist Church
- June 20 from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.: Watson Grove Baptist Church
- June 27: from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.: First Baptist Church South Inglewood
- July 11 from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.: Kanye Avenue Missionary Baptist Church
- July 18 from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.: St. Luke Christian Methodist Episcopal Church
Located in Nashville, Meharry Medical College is one of the nation’s oldest and largest historically black academic health science centers dedicated to educating physicians, dentists, researchers, and health policy experts.
Founded in 1876 as the Medical Department of Central Tennessee College, Meharry was the first medical school in the South for African Americans. It was chartered separately in 1915.
As a health spokesperson explaining the science of COVID-19 and how to defeat it, Meharry President and CEO James E.K. Hildreth Sr., Ph.D., M.D., has appeared regularly in Metro Nashville press conferences, communicating with viewers about doing their part by staying home and distancing from each other in keeping the virus in check.
A renowned researcher in HIV/AIDS science, his unique background in the study of virulent diseases and the human immune system coupled with his unassuming manner and style has made him a calming voice for Nashville viewers looking for answers.
Meharry is a United Methodist Church-affiliated institution. A 2010 study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine ranked Meharry as one of the nation’s top five producers of primary care physicians. Meharry is also a leading producer of African Americans with Ph.Ds. in biomedical sciences.
This article has been supported by a grant from the Facebook Journalism Project for COVID-19 coverage.