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  • Blount County Health Department Celebrates 100 Years of Public Health Service

    Friday, October 04, 2019 | 03:10pm

    The Blount County Health Department celebrated its centennial year of service today at the clinic in Maryville. Blount County Health Department staff members joined colleagues from the Tennessee Department of Health, Blount County officials and other community members for the event. The Blount County Health Department was established as the first public health department in Tennessee in 1919.

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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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  • 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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  • TNWIC is Here!

    Monday, May 06, 2019 | 09:53am

    NASHVILLE – The Tennessee Women, Infants and Children or WIC Program has transitioned to an electronic benefit transfer system from a paper-based method of issuing benefits. Tennessee families participating in WIC now use their TNWIC cards instead of paper vouchers to purchase WIC-approved foods. TNWIC is now available in all 95 counties of Tennessee.

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  • Statement from TDH Commissioner on Ballad Health's NICU Consolidation Request

    Wednesday, May 01, 2019 | 11:40am

    NASHVILLE – The Tennessee Department of Health’s role related to Ballad Health’s certificate of public advantage is to provide active supervision, to improve the health and well-being of the region and to maintain access to high-quality health care. These goals guide the department’s data-centered approach in evaluating any plans, strategies and tactics proposed by Ballad Health.

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  • TDH Highlights Health Impacts of Sexually Transmitted Diseases

    Tuesday, April 30, 2019 | 10:30am

    NASHVILLE – Sexually transmitted diseases are preventable and treatable, yet they remain a major public health issue in Tennessee and across the United States. April is STD Awareness Month, a time to raise awareness about the impact of STDs on the lives of Tennesseans and the importance of discussing sexual health with health care providers and partners.

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  • TDH Confirms Two Additional Measles Cases

    Monday, April 29, 2019 | 10:48am

    NASHVILLE – The Tennessee Department of Health State Public Health Laboratory has confirmed two additional cases of measles in residents of East Tennessee. This brings the total number of measles cases in Tennessee in 2019 to three. The two new cases are associated with the first measles case in Tennessee this year which was announced April 18, and were identified as part of the ongoing contact investigation.

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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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