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Family, Youth, and Infant Health

Adolescent Healthy Futures Program

The Youth and Adolescent Health Program provides 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.


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.

FIMR - Fetal Infant Mortality Review

The Fetal Infant Mortality Review (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 Trevor Crowder, MA, Fetal Infant Mortality Review Program Director, at 615-340-0552.

Healthy Beginnings

The Healthy Beginnings program is a grant supported home visiting program designed to strengthen first time families by providing education, support, parenting skills, and resource assistance in order to prevent child abuse and neglect. Visits by outreach workers from the Health Department begin during pregnancy or after delivery of a first baby less than 2 weeks old. 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.

Kid Central

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 Jennifer Weatherly, RN at 615-862-7942.

Maternal Child Health Initiatives

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

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.