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Health Department

About Us

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.

Our 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.

Strategic Plan Overview
Community Health Improvement Plan Overview
MPHD Clinic Services

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:

Samuel L. Felker, JD  -  Chair
 Attorney in private practice
Carol Etherington, MSN, RN, FAAN - Vice-Chair
 Associate Director, Community Health Initiatives
 Vanderbilt Institute for Global Health
Alicia Batson, MD
Henry Foster, MD
Chairman, Board of Pathfinder International, Boston Massachusetts
 Chairman, National Advisory Committee for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Program Common Ground: Transforming Public Health Informatics Systems

Francisca Guzmán
 Media and Development Advisor, Disability Law & Advocacy Center

Margreete Johnston, MD
Metro Public Health Department 2012 Annual Report

To view minutes of recent board meetings, go to the Board of Health Meeting Minutes page.