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Health Department

Family, Youth, and Infant Health

 Adolescent Healthy Futures Program

The Family Youth and Infant Division provide staff support and consultation to the Tennessee Adolescent Pregnancy and Prevention Program (TAPPP) Council. The Adolescent Healthy Futures Program is working to reduce teen pregnancy through a large variety of community awareness and educational programs targeting high risk teens.

Central Referral System

The Central Referral System coordinates referrals for home visiting intervention services for pregnant women, infants, and children up to 6 years of age. The family is linked to the most appropriate provider agency to ensure coordination and avoid duplication of services. For more information call (615) 880-2187.  To make a referral, you may download the Central Referral Intake Form.

Children's Special Services

Children's Special Services (CSS) is a statewide program offered through the Tenn. Department of Health, that serves children birth to age 21 years, with chronic illnesses or disability needs. CSS provides financial assistance, speech, and hearing evaluations, and case management services related to a child's special health care needs. The program does have financial eligibility guidelines that are based on family size and 200% of the Health and Human Services Federal Poverty Guidelines set for each year. For more information, please call Mary Koob at (615) 340-5697.

CHOICES

In the endeavor to address reproductive health disparities (infant mortality, sexually transmitted infection, and unintended pregnancy) among young adults, the Metro Public Health Department (MPHD) offers CHOICES- the community based campaign that aggressively targets 13-20 year old young adults for free Chlamydia and Gonorrhea screenings and confidential pregnancy testing. Bi-weekly screening services are offered via community clinics. Weekly education classes are offered at several Metro Parks and Recreation Community Centers. For more information contact Latissa Hall, MS at (615) 340-8599.

Federal Healthy Start

The Nashville Federal Healthy Start Initiative is a federally-funded project to address and improve birth outcomes and eliminate perinatal health disparities. It strives to change the health expectations of the community by partnering with the local community center, medical and service providers, local universities and other key colleagues to coordinate educational, support and medical services at the Hadley Park community center. The project is intended for people residing in the 37208 zip code. For more information contact (615) 340-2275.

FIMR - Fetal Infant Mortality Review

The FIMR program is an infant mortality initiative that reviews fetal and infant deaths, and works at the community level to formulate programs, and influence policy that will lead to improving Davidson County birth outcomes. For more information contact Carolyn Riviere at (615) 340-0552.

Healthy Beginnings

The Healthy Beginnings program is a grant supported home visiting program designed to strengthen new (1st time) families by providing education, support, parenting skills, and resource assistance in order to prevent child abuse and neglect. Visits by nurses and outreach workers from the Health Department begin during pregnancy or after delivery of a first baby less than four months old. Nurses and outreach workers from the Health Department support first time parents by providing support and important information about child safety, child health, disease prevention, child development, and parenting skills. Referrals are received from the Central Referral System and community agencies. Information about the services is available by calling (615) 880-2159 or by emailing us.

HUGS (Help Us Grow Successfully)

The HUGS program (Help Us Grow Successfully) is a home visiting case management program for any pregnant women, or infants and children through the age of five years living in Davidson Co. Services are also provide to the families of participants. Women and/or children are usually at risk medically or socially. The program provides education, support, referral, and follow-up services. For more information contact Sandra Kaylor, RN at (615) 862-7942.

Maternal Child Health Initiatives

Family Youth and Infant Health coordinates programs and initiatives that focus on the health of children, infants and improving birth outcomes.

New Life (Fatherhood) Program

NLP will provide comprehensive services including parenting education, relationship building, life skills training, employment and educational resources, risk reduction case management, economic stability support and mentoring in order to encourage successful fatherhood, and maximize the physical, emotional and academic well-being of their children. For more information please call Robert Taylor at (615) 340-8980.

Oral Health Services

The Lentz Dental Clinic provides comprehensive dental care for children up to age 21. Limited adult emergency care is also available. TennCare is accepted, and for those patients who do not have TennCare, a sliding fee schedule based on income and number of people in the household is available. Proof of Davidson County residence, proof of income and proof of number of people in the household should be brought to the first visit. For more information about Oral Health Services call Dr. Michelle Bell, DDS at (615) 340-5601 or (615) 862-6727, or you can contact us by email or visit the Oral Health Services web page.

The Metro Health Department also provides preventive dental services to children in selected schools in Davidson County through our Dental Sealant Program. These services include dental sealants, dental screenings, dental examinations and oral health education. Oral Health Education Programs and Tooth Fairy Programs will be scheduled by request.

Preconception Health Peer Educators (PPE) Program

The PPE program is a partnership with Meharry Medical College’s Student Health Ambassador Program. Students are trained and certified as a Preconception Health Peer Educators (PPE) and engage in core campus and community events geared towards improving the health of at risk young women and men. For more information contact Tina Lester at (615) 341-4375.

Youth Initiatives (Youth Advisory Board, Youth Public Health Institute)

Collection of public health youth engagement programs that provides pipeline education, community-based service-learning, and grassroots advocacy through the utilization of public and private high school youth leaders to affect policies concerning adolescent health in Nashville.

  1. Youth Advisory Board – Bi-weekly 9th -12th grade volunteer board; student leaders design, plan, and evaluate public health research and service projects for area youth.

  2. Youth Public Health Institute – Public health service learning opportunity for MNPS Health Science Academy students at select schools.

 For more information on Youth Initiatives contact Latissa Hall, MS at (615) 340-8599.