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Information from TN Dept of Health about the Ongoing Novel Coronavirus Outbreak

Division of Health Disparities Elimination

Mission/Objective of DHDE

Health Equity

According to the World Health Organization, “Health equity is defined as the absence of unfair and avoidable or remediable differences in health among population groups defined socially, economically, demographically or geographically.” 

The Tennessee Department of Health has a mission to create an environment where all people in Tennessee can achieve equitable and optimal health. We are committed to understanding the root cause of disparities and will continue to examine systemic barriers.

Information about this effort can be found here.

Data and Reports


Community Events and Training Opportunities

Want to learn more about health disparities and health equity? Information on both in-person and online learning and training opportunities can be found here.

Tennessee Health Disparity Task Force

The Tennessee Department of Health engages stakeholders from non-profit and faith-based organizations, academia, health care providers and local and state government officials to collaboratively generate responsive solutions and policies to reduce disparities and to ensure equitable access to health care, resources and services. Information about and from the Tennessee Health Disparity Task Force can be found here.


$40 million for TN to address health disparities for underserved populations (Local 24 Memphis): Click Here

COVID-19 update: State receives $39M grant to address COVID disparities (Nashville Post): Click Here

Mid-South receiving millions to address COVID-19 health disparities (WMC Memphis): Click Here

CDC grants $50.4M to Nashville and Memphis health departments to address COVID-19 disparities (Tennessean): Click Here

CDC grants Tennessee $38.8M to address virus-related health disparities (Fox 17): Click Here 

Tennessee Department of Health To Address COVID-19 Health Disparities (Clarksville Online): Click Here