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Health Department

About the Metro Public Health Department

Our Vision

"People creating healthy conditions everywhere"

Our Mission

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.

Metro Nashville Public Health Department History

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

Core Values

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
Psychiatrist

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
Pediatrician

Metro Public Health Department 2012 Annual Report