Written by: Alex Curtis | Posted Jan 12, 2022

Posted by: BIT Nashville


DATE: 1/12/2021


The Nashville chapter of the Blacks in Technology Foundation
(BIT-Nashville) announces today the launch of a statewide healthcare tech
initiative aimed at providing non-profit healthcare organizations with
analytics training free of charge. The initiative is sponsored by HCA
Healthcare and Dell Technologies and will provide non-profit healthcare employees
with training in Excel Skills, Analytics, and Data Visualization/Storytelling.

Holly Rachel and Lena Winfree co-organized BIT-Nashville in
March of 2021, and have partnered with multiple local non-profits, companies,
and educational institutions with the purpose of increasing the diversity of
the Nashville technology community. BIT-Nashville is a chapter of the Blacks In
Technology Foundation, a global non-profit focused on diversity in tech.

According to Holly Rachel, BIT-Nashville co-organizer and
President: “We are excited to be working with HCA Healthcare and Dell Technologies
to bring this program to non-profit healthcare providers across the state! We
know that Healthcare, technology, and data go hand-in hand, so this is a very
fitting initiative for us to be launching.

“We’ve been working really hard since last year to make sure
that the training that is being offered is relevant, effective, flexible, and
yet challenging for our participants. Our non-profit healthcare providers serve
our most vulnerable populations across the state, and we wanted to provide
something that would be a value-add to them and could help them advance their
missions. We believe providing this training is doing just that.”

Lena Winfree, BIT-Nashville co-organizer
and Vice President: “We know how important it is to have healthcare
workers on the front-lines being knowledgeable about data. This knowledge can
very well revolutionize the process of data entry and data-driven discovery for
our non-profit healthcare workers, especially as we are in a global pandemic.”

The 12-week training will be held virtually and is a mixture
of self-paced and guided learning courses. BIT-Nashville has collaborated with
local training partners such as Nashville Software School, LocalTek, and Next
Generation Health Analytics to provide the training curriculum.

“Nashville Software School is thrilled to be
working with BIT-Nashville on this new initiative,” said John Wark,
Founder of Nashville Software School. “Helping our state’s non-profit
healthcare providers better understand how to leverage data analytics and make
better data-driven decisions is consistent with our own non-profit mission.
We’re proud that BIT-Nashville asked us to partner with them on this valuable

Marty Paslick, CIO of HCA Healthcare adds: “HCA Healthcare is a proud supporter of Blacks in Technology
and their various efforts to connect, educate, and promote a more diversified,
equitable, and inclusive technology community. This training program is an
excellent example of their great work

Non-profit healthcare providers from all over the state have
chosen to participate in the Healthcare Analytics training program.
Participating non-profit healthcare providers include:

Alive Hospice

Mercy Community Healthcare

Cempa Community Care

Rural Medical Services, Inc.

Ocoee Regional Health Corporation

Lifespan Health

Cherokee Health Services

Maury Regional Medical Group

Christ Community Health Services

Hamilton County Health Department

Siloam Health

Community Health of East Tennessee

Hardeman Community Health Center

Tennessee Primary Care Association

Mountain Peoples Health Councils

BIT-Nashville represents one of over 50 chapters of the BIT
Foundation. Prospective members can join their local chapter at The Blacks In Technology Foundation is a
registered 501(c)(3) non-profit entity of Blacks in Technology, LLC.


For media inquiries contact: Holly Rachel, President and
co-organizer,, 615-314-3495

Notes To Editors:

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submitted by: Holly Rachel