The Mission of the Tennessee Department of Health is to protect, promote, and improve the health and prosperity of people in Tennessee.
Education, encouragement and support are offered to pregnant and post-partum women by a full time lactation consultant.
Children’s Special Services (CSS)
Medical services are coordinated by a full time social worker for children (birth to 21 years) with special handicapping or chronic conditions who meet financial criteria.
Well baby/child exams, immunizations, and/or sick care are provided to children 20 years and younger.
Preventive and restorative dental care is provided to children 20 years and younger by a full-time dentist and dental assistant.
Education and counseling are available to both diabetics and those at high risk for the disease by a team composed of a registered nurse, registered dietitian, and health educator
Volunteers are recruited and trained to operate emergency clinics in order to administer medications or immunizations to large numbers of people very quickly. For more information about becoming an emergency response volunteer visit http://thanvolunteer.health.state.tn.us/VolunteerMobilize.
Communicable disease and food borne illnesses are investigated, specimens are collected, lab testing is conducted and preventive treatment is provided as appropriate.
Education, counseling, physical exam and birth control are provided.
Food and General Sanitation
Environmental specialists inspect existing food service establishments and review plans for prospective ones. Inspections are also done on hotels, motels, public swimming pools, bed and breakfasts, childcare facilities and school plants.
Health educators coordinate activities that focus attention on lifestyle choices that will result in positive differences for at-risk groups.
Routine immunizations are provided to infants, children and adults.
Routine preventive care, sick care and physicals are provided to uninsured men, ages 21 years and older.
Information is provided to parents regarding paternity and paperwork is completed for those parents wishing to acknowledge paternity.
Pregnancy testing, options counseling, prenatal vitamins and temporary enrollment on TennCare are available.
Sexually Transmitted Diseases
Confidential testing, treatment and contact follow-up is provided for sexually transmitted diseases, including HIV/AIDS.
Skin testing is provided to persons assessed to be at risk for tuberculosis. Medication is provided at no cost to suspected, active and latent cases. Contacts to suspected or known cases are notified, tested and treated as needed.