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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


  • Prevent, detect, and alleviate outbreaks of infectious disease and other public health threats and emergencies.
  • Improve the health and well-being of children.
  • Prevent death and promote well-being by reducing tobacco use and increasing physical activity and healthy eating in Nashville.
  • Ensure cleaner air and a safer environment.
  • Improve access for everyone to needed preventive, medical, and mental health services.

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:

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
Ruth Stewart, MD
 Clinical Faculty Family Medicine Physician, Meharry Medical College

Metro Public Health Department 2012 Annual Report

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