About the Metro Public Health Department
"People creating healthy conditions everywhere"
The mission of the Metro Public Health Department is to protect, improve and sustain the health and well-being of all people in Metropolitan Nashville.
Foundational Health Goals
- Improve and Sustain Family and Child Well-Being
- Promote and Support Healthier Living
- Create Healthier Community Environments
- Prevent and Control Epidemics and Respond to Public Health Emergencies
- Increase Access and Connection to Clinical Care
Professionalism: We are well trained, knowledgeable, capable, and focused. We strive for excellence and innovation in our work. We hold ourselves accountable for producing results
Respect: We listen. We care about our customers. We care about one another. We are courteous, friendly, attentive, prompt, and effective in serving our customers and one another.
Integrity: We are honest, trustworthy, and consistent. We are good stewards of the public resources in our care.
Dedication: We are passionate about providing excellent service. We are always available to protect the health and well being of our customers and community.
Equality: We value diversity in our managers, team members and customers. We treat our customers, our partners, and one another with fairness and impartiality. We accommodate the special needs of our customers. We strive to eliminate disparities and aim for equity and justice in health.
Director of Health
William S. Paul, M.D., M.P.H.
Board of Health
A six member Board of Health appointed by the Mayor and confirmed by vote of the Metro Council governs the Department.
Current members are:
Carol Etherington, MSN, R.N., FAAN, Chair
Associate Director, Community Health Initiatives
Vanderbilt Institute for Global Health
Francisca Guzman, Vice-Chair
Thomas W. Campbell, MD
Samuel L. Felker, J.D.
Attorney in private practice
A. Alex Jahangir, M.D., MMHC, FACS
Associate Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery;
Orthopaedic Trauma Surgeon at Vanderbilt University Medical Center; and
Medical Director of Vanderbilt Center for Trauma, Burn, and Emergency Surgery
Margreete Johnston, M.D., MPH
Metro Public Health Department 2012 Annual Report