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  • TDH Update on Measles Contact Investigation

    Wednesday, April 24, 2019 | 11:57am

    NASHVILLE – The Tennessee Department of Health continues to investigate a case of measles in a resident of East Tennessee and notify people who may have been exposed to the illness through contact with the patient. This investigation has identified two locations the patient visited in Tennessee where members of the public may have been exposed to measles.

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  • State Responds to Arrests of Medical Professionals Through ARPO Strike Force Action

    Wednesday, April 17, 2019 | 10:59am

    NASHVILLE — In response to federal arrests of medical professionals in Tennessee and other nearby states through the Appalachian Regional Prescription Opioid (ARPO) Strike Force Takedown, the Departments of Health and Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services (TDMHSAS) and the Division of TennCare have activated community-based substance abuse resources and statewide call lines to serve affected patients.

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  • Tennesseans Encouraged to Use Their "Voices" When They Can't Speak for Themselves

    Wednesday, April 10, 2019 | 09:45am

    NASHVILLE – What are your plans for the day, the week, the weekend? We often make time to think about upcoming events and plan activities so we can most enjoy them. But what if you could no longer make or share your own choices? Governor Bill Lee has proclaimed April 16, 2019 Healthcare Decisions Day in Tennessee to encourage Tennesseans to make plans for their healthcare in the event they cannot make or communicate their decisions.

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  • Morgan McDonald Named Deputy Commissioner for Population Health

    Tuesday, April 02, 2019 | 12:13pm

    NASHVILLE – Morgan McDonald, MD FACP FAAP has been appointed deputy commissioner for population health for the Tennessee Department of Health. McDonald had been serving as interim deputy commissioner in this position since October 2018. She previously served as assistant commissioner for Family Health and Wellness, a role in which she led TDH efforts in maternal and child health, chronic disease prevention, health promotion and supplemental nutrition.

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  • Spring Forward Toward Healthful Eating and Activity!

    Wednesday, March 13, 2019 | 08:57am

    NASHVILLE – Choosing nutritious foods and getting enough physical activity can make a real difference in the health of Tennesseans. During National Nutrition Month® 2019, the Tennessee Department of Health is encouraging everyone to make informed food choices and develop sound eating and physical activity habits.

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  • Tennessee Department of Health Joins Hiring Our Heroes Fellowship Program

    Wednesday, February 27, 2019 | 10:59am

    NASHVILLE - The Tennessee Department of Health is now participating in the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation’s Hiring Our Heroes Corporate Fellowship Program. U.S. Army Operations and Information Technology Manager Caitlin Whitmire is now serving in the TDH Division of Health Disparities for her fellowship assignment. The state of Tennessee’s participation in Hiring Our Heroes is facilitated by the Tennessee Department of Human Resources. TDH is one of three state agencies participating in the program this year.

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  • Tennessee Issues First Maternal Mortality Report

    Tuesday, February 19, 2019 | 01:01pm

    NASHVILLE – The Tennessee Department of Health today issued the first Maternal Mortality Review report, Tennessee Maternal Mortality Review of 2017 Maternal Deaths. This report describes the state of maternal mortality in Tennessee based on a comprehensive review of deaths of women who died while pregnant or within one year of pregnancy. The goal of this effort by the Tennessee Maternal Mortality Review Committee is to identify opportunities for preventing maternal deaths and promoting women’s health. The MMR committee determined 85 percent of all maternal deaths reviewed to be preventable.

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  • Join Efforts to Prevent Teen Dating Violence in Tennessee

    Monday, February 11, 2019 | 11:34am

    NASHVILLE – Love shouldn’t hurt. Healthy relationships consist of trust, honesty, respect, equality and compromise. It’s important to help young people learn how to build and recognize healthy relationships to support their development and keep them safe. The Tennessee Department of Health is taking part in Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month to help prevent dating violence among Tennessee teens.

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  • Break Up With Tobacco During Tennessee Quit Week!

    Monday, February 04, 2019 | 09:41am

    NASHVILLE – Are you in a toxic relationship? You are if you use tobacco products. The Tennessee Department of Health joins partners across the state celebrating the third annual Tennessee Quit Week February 4 – 9, 2019 and invites all Tennesseans to support those who have quit using tobacco products and inspire more people to join them.

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  • A Pap Test and a Vaccine May Save Your Life

    Tuesday, January 22, 2019 | 01:37pm

    NASHVILLE – The start of a new year is a great time to reflect on your health! The Tennessee Department of Health urges women to contact their health care provider or local health department to ask about routine screening for cervical cancer, a silent killer that strikes without symptoms or pain. Cervical cancer can be prevented with recommended vaccination and regular screenings.

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  • Human Trafficking a Public Health Issue in Tennessee

    Wednesday, January 09, 2019 | 10:31am

    NASHVILLE – Human trafficking is a public health concern that affects individuals, families and communities here in Tennessee. It is the modern-day slavery, the sale of another person for sex. While this crime is largely hidden, Tennessee leads the nation in its approach to addressing human trafficking. The Tennessee Department of Health urges all Tennesseans to learn about risk factors, red flags and resources for human trafficking to be part of the solution, and possibly help save a life.

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  • TN Receives Funding to Collect Data to Help Prevent Violent Deaths

    Thursday, January 03, 2019 | 11:53am

    NASHVILLE – The Tennessee Department of Health Office of the State Chief Medical Examiner has received $1.4 million in funding from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to gather critical data on homicide, suicide and other violent deaths. Tennessee is one of ten states to receive new funding to use the National Violent Death Reporting System, which will provide NVDRS with state-level data on violent deaths from all 50 states, Washington D.C. and Puerto Rico.

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