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ADVISORY CONCERNING ELECTRONIC CIGARETTES, THE PRACTICE OF “VAPING,” “JUULING” AND USE OF OTHER ELECTRONIC NICOTINE DELIVERY SYSTEMS OR ENDS
  • John Webb Appointed Deputy Commissioner for Operations

    Monday, September 16, 2019 | 10:14am

    NASHVILLE – Tennessee Department of Health Commissioner Lisa Piercey, MD, MBA, FAAP has appointed John Webb as deputy commissioner for operations. Webb joins TDH after serving as deputy commissioner for fiscal and administrative services with the Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities.

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  • Admissions to The Terrace at Mountain Creek Suspended

    Monday, September 09, 2019 | 11:49am

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Tennessee Health Commissioner Lisa Piercey, MD, MBA, FAAP has suspended new admissions of residents to The Terrace at Mountain Creek effective Sept. 5, 2019. Piercey has also imposed eight state civil monetary penalties of $3,000 each and four civil monetary penalties of $500 each for a total amount of $26,000. A special monitor has been appointed to review the facility’s operations.

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  • TDH Reports Six Cases of Vaping-associated Respiratory Disease

    Monday, September 09, 2019 | 08:36am

    NASHVILLE - The Tennessee Department of Health has reported six cases of suspected serious respiratory disease among people who use electronic cigarettes or other vaping devices. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and U.S. Food and Drug Administration are investigating a cluster of severe pulmonary disease among people who use e-cigarettes or vape, with 215 cases reported to date in 25 states.

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  • TDH Urges Providers to Report Cases of Vaping-associated Respiratory Illness

    Thursday, August 22, 2019 | 11:17am

    NASHVILLE – The Tennessee Department of Health is asking health care providers across the state to report any cases of suspected serious respiratory illness they treat among patients who use electronic cigarettes or other vaping devices. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is investigating a cluster of severe pulmonary disease among people who use e-cigarettes or vape, with more than 150 cases reported to date in 16 states.

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  • TDH Urges Tennesseans Most at Risk for Hepatitis A to Get Vaccinated

    Tuesday, August 20, 2019 | 11:36am

    NASHVILLE – The Tennessee Department of Health and numerous state and local partners continue to investigate and respond to a large, multi-state hepatitis A outbreak. More than 2,000 cases of hepatitis A have been confirmed in Tennessee, including 13 resulting in the deaths of the patients.

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  • Alexa Witcher Named Assistant Commissioner for Legislative Affairs

    Monday, August 12, 2019 | 10:43am

    NASHVILLE – Alexa Witcher, JD has been appointed assistant commissioner for legislative affairs for the Tennessee Department of Health. In this role, Witcher will direct and oversee the department’s legislative efforts and initiatives. She will also coordinate with and assist legislators in public health-related issues and departmental legislative proposals.

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  • Adele Lewis Named State Chief Medical Examiner

    Monday, August 12, 2019 | 10:31am

    NASHVILLE – Adele Lewis, MD has been appointed state chief medical examiner for Tennessee. Lewis previously served as deputy state chief medical examiner and had been acting chief ME since the retirement of Julia Goodin, MD.

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  • TDH, Partners Raise Awareness of Human Trafficking with Red Sand Project

    Monday, July 29, 2019 | 10:42am

    NASHVILLE – Tennessee Governor Bill Lee has proclaimed July 28 – August 3 as Human Trafficking Awareness Week in Tennessee. Human trafficking, also known as modern day slavery, is quickly becoming a major public health concern. Today, an estimated 40.3 million people are being trafficked worldwide, including an estimated 94 children each month here in Tennessee.

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  • TDH Launches "Tennessee Faces of the Opioid Crisis" Education, Awareness Campaign

    Tuesday, July 16, 2019 | 01:23pm

    NASHVILLE – The Tennessee Department of Health kicked off the new “Tennessee Faces of the Opioid Crisis“ public education and awareness campaign July 16 at the Tennessee State Museum in Nashville. This project will feature people from every county of Tennessee sharing personal stories of how they have been impacted by the opioid crisis. The campaign also provides resources and information on how everyone can be part of the solution to this problem.

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  • Marion Kainer Honored with National Pumphandle Award

    Tuesday, June 18, 2019 | 10:42am

    NASHVILLE – Marion Kainer, MD, MPH, FRACP, FSHEA has been named the 2019 recipient of the Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists’ Pumphandle Award. Kainer serves as director of the TDH Healthcare Associated Infections and Antimicrobial Resistance Program, leading a team working to make healthcare safer and to combat antimicrobial resistance.

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  • Splash into Summer with Safe Swimming Tips

    Monday, May 20, 2019 | 09:53am

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Memorial Day is the unofficial start of summer and the official opening day for many public pools. The Tennessee Department of Health is celebrating Healthy and Safe Swimming Week leading into the holiday with reminders about simple steps everyone can take to enjoy the fun of swimming and help keep our swimming areas safe and healthy.

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  • TDH Reminds Women to Make Their Health a Top Priority

    Monday, May 13, 2019 | 11:20am

    NASHVILLE – The Tennessee Department of Health joins the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Women’s Health in celebrating National Women’s Health Week May 12 – 18, 2019. This nationwide initiative brings awareness to the importance of women’s health and empowers women to take small, manageable steps for longer, healthier and happier lives.

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