Clinical Connection to Primary Prevention
Primary prevention is part of the critical work in every county health department. TDH nurses, dentists, physicians, APRNs and other clinical staff lead and lend their expertise within and external to their clinical settings. Clinician involvement in primary prevention is increasing across the state and country and includes a variety of activities that build a Culture of Health such as participating in Walk with a Doc; writing Park prescriptions; serving on boards that address social determinants such as housing and transportation authorities and school wellness teams; giving talks about nutrition and chronic disease prevention at local clubs; tutoring school children; promoting early language and brain development advocating for tobacco prevention policies; counseling families about bike helmets; and more. Health professionals are recognized and trusted leaders and community members who can influence policy, systems and environment changes that lead to stronger, more prosperous and livable communities and good health.
For more information, contact Dr. Patti Scott – Patricia.Scott@tn.gov
Office of Primary Prevention Clinical Connections Activities and Resources
Physical Activity Resource Guide for Clinicians
Tennessee Department of Health, 2018
This guide contains best practice guidelines and resources for clinicians for promoting physical activity. It provides an overview of the importance of physical activity, describes best practice programs and educational opportunities, and identifies community resources and clinical approaches. Sample exercise plans and additional resources are included in the guide.
Culture of Health
Improving Health through Nursing
Public Health 3.0: A Call to Action for Public Health to Meet the Challenges of the 21st Century
Health and Outdoors
Promoting Early Brain development and Language Skills