The mission of the Tennessee Department of Health is to protect, promote and improve the health and prosperity of people in Tennessee.
Breastfeeding Promotion – Education, encouragement and support are offered to pregnant and post-partum women by a full time lactation consultant.
Children’s Special Services (CSS) – Medical services are coordinated by a full time social worker for children (birth to 21 years) with special handicapping or chronic conditions who meet financial criteria.
Child Health - Well baby/child exams, immunizations, and/or sick care are provided to children 20 years and younger.
Emergency Preparedness –Volunteers are recruited and trained to operate emergency clinics in order to administer medications or immunizations to large numbers of people very quickly.
Epidemiology – Communicable disease and food borne illnesses are investigated, specimens are collected, lab testing is conducted and preventive treatment is provided as appropriate.
Family Planning - Education, counseling, physical exam and birth control are provided.
Food and General Sanitation – Environmental specialists inspect existing food service establishments and review plans for prospective ones. Inspections are also done on hotels, motels, public swimming pools, bed and breakfasts, childcare facilities and school plants.
Health Education/Promotion – Health educators coordinate activities that focus attention on lifestyle choices that will result in positive differences for at-risk groups.
Immunizations – Routine immunizations are provided to infants, children and adults.
Men’s Health – Routine preventive care, sick care and physicals are provided to uninsured men, ages 21 years and older.
Paternity Acknowledgement – Information is provided to parents regarding paternity and paperwork is completed for those parents wishing to acknowledge paternity.
Help Us Grow Successfully (HUGS) Program – Case management services, including home visits, are provided to high risk prenatal patients by bilingual case managers. Services for first time Moms to promote parenting skills and monitor infant growth and development.
Sexually Transmitted Diseases – Confidential testing, treatment and contact follow-up is provided for sexually transmitted diseases, including HIV/AIDS.
Tuberculosis – Skin testing is provided to persons assessed to be at risk for tuberculosis. Medication is provided at no cost to suspected, active and latent cases. Contacts to suspected or known cases are notified, tested and treated as needed.
Vital Records – Certified copies of Birth and Death certificates are issued (for birth certificates, persons must have been born in Tennessee in or after 1949). Records for all county deaths are maintained and state Vital Record Reports are completed.
Women’s Health – Routine preventive care, sick care and physicals are provided to uninsured women 21 years and older. Preventive care includes providing or ordering pap smears and mammograms, some of which can be at no cost to uninsured, low income women ages 40 through 64 years. Low income, uninsured women suspected of or diagnosed with cervical or breast cancer can be assisted in obtaining TennCare quickly.
WIC (Women, Infants and Children) – Children under age five, pregnant and breastfeeding women who are at or below 185% of poverty and have a nutritional risk receive a limited health screening, nutritional counseling and food vouchers.
If you need any help with TennCare, call the Family Assistance Service Center for free. Their number is 1-866-311-4287. In Nashville, call 743-2000
Who is eligible for WIC (Women, Infant, and Child)?
Children under age five, pregnant and breastfeeding women who are at 185% of poverty are eligible to receive WIC benefits. WIC visits consist of a limited health screening, nutritional counseling, and supplemental food vouchers.
I just found out that I am pregnant, when can I enroll for WIC?
Immediately, our hope is for an expectant mother to improve her nutritional status in order for healthy development of the baby.
Can I come to the health department for a pregnancy test?
Yes, anyone may come to the health department for a pregnancy test. Parental consent is not required.
A friend thinks he/she may have an STD; can they come to the health department?
Yes, anyone 11 years and older who thinks they may have been exposed to an STD, is having symptoms of an STD, or is having unprotected sex may come to the health department for confidential testing and treatment free of charge. Parental consent is NOT required.
What does it cost to see a doctor or nurse at the health department?
All Health Department services are based on a sliding fee scale. Your charges will depend on family size and income level. Payment arrangements can be made.
What is children's special services/CSS?
CSS is a program that helps families with children who have special healthcare needs. Financial assistance is made with medical expenses and coordination of community resources and services. Who's eligible? Children birth to 21 years old that have a chronic medical need and whose families meet an income requirement and can provide proof of residency in Sumner County. What if I already have insurance? CSS is a safety net that may be able to assist with medical expense payment where private insurance or TN Care will not pay.
Contact Monica Brown, LMSW at the Sumner county health department at 615-206-1149
How do I get a birth or death certificate?
Birth Certificates are available at the health department for individuals born in Tennessee after 1949.
Birth Certificates are only printed at the Gallatin Clinic, however are available my mail in the Hendersonville and Portland Clinics. Birth certificates are $ 15 each and only available to the person named on the certificate, spouse or parent. If the birth was not in Tennessee? The Sumner County Health Department can only issue Tennessee birth certificates. You will have to contact the Vital Records Department of the specific state you were born in. Death Certificates are available in the Gallatin Clinic for deaths that occurred within the past 6 years. Death Certificates are $15 each and only issued to immediate family members, funeral homes, and those who have a vested interest. Birth and Death Certificates issued 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM Only
What immunizations are required for my child to attend school? To attend college in Tennessee?
Easy to read immunization schedules for all ages are available at: tn.gov/schoolimmunizations.com
Each college and university has established their set of immunization requirements. Contact the school or university to confirm what immunizations they require for enrollment.