TSU launches 'COVID-19 Academy' to help community affected by pandemic

Posted at 2:27 PM, May 20, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-20 15:27:19-04

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — Tennessee State University has launched an outreach program called "COVID-19 Academy" to aid under-served communities in Nashville who have been hit hardest by the pandemic.

The program will connect residents with health services, food banks and employment and educational resources.

"TSU has established the COVID-19 Academy to continue efforts to help the Nashville community as it recovers from the pandemic,” said TSU President Glenda Glover. “The academy will work to bridge the health care disparity for people of color that experts say will have a lasting impact for generations to come. This is being done through a holistic approach combining access to care, human services and education."

The academy will also host webinars on outreach, community gardening and preparedness, workforce deployment, entrepreneurship and small business development.

It will also work with NashvilleNurtures, which is a partnership between the university and Mount Zion Baptist Church to serve the needs of the community.

It was announced Wednesday Oprah Winfrey, a TSU graduate, donated $2 million through her charitable foundation to provide 10,000 Kroger gift cards for $200 to families.

Winfrey said she was compelled to help because of how African-American communities are disproportionately affected by the novel coronavirus.

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