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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.

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.

Equity: We strive for equity by valuing and respecting all people. We understand that health is impacted by age, class, race, ethnicity, nationality, religion, ability-level, gender identity and sexual orientation and the intersections of these identities. We seek to be a socially and culturally responsive organization that acknowledges and addresses historical and current inequities in our public health promotion and practice.

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:

A. Alex Jahangir, MD, MMHC, FACS, Chair
Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery; Director, Division of Orthopaedic Trauma at Vanderbilt University Medical Center; and Executive Medical Director of Vanderbilt Center for Trauma, Burn, and Emergency Surgery

Tené Hamilton Franklin, MS, Vice-Chair
Vice President, Diversity Equity and Inclusion
Health Leads, USA

Thomas W. Campbell, MD

Carol Etherington, MSN, RN, FAAN
Associate Director, Community Health Initiatives
Vanderbilt Institute for Global Health

David A. Frederick, MS
Senior Director, Licensure and Certification
DaVita, Inc.