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Metropolitan Board of Health Selects Dr. Wendy Long as Next Director of Health



The Metropolitan Board of Health of Nashville/Davidson County announced today that Wendy Long, M.D., M.P.H. has been selected as the new Director of Health of Nashville, pending contract approval by the Board of Health and Metropolitan Council. Board members will vote on the contract at their monthly meeting on December 13.

Board of Health members, with direction and support from Metro HR, conducted a national search for Nashville’s next Director of Health.

"It is a very real pleasure to welcome Dr. Long to the Metro Health Department,” said Carol Etherington, Board Chair. “The Board and Metro HR have been diligent with the national search process these past months and we are extremely pleased and excited that Dr. Long will take the helm of MPHD.”

"I’m thrilled to have been selected to lead the health department team and look forward to the opportunity to work with health department staff and community stakeholders to make a positive difference in the lives Metro Nashville residents,” said Dr. Long.

“Dr. Long will bring strong policy knowledge, organizational skills and years of valuable experience to her new position as Director of Health,” said Mayor David Briley. “She has long been involved in managing high-performing healthcare systems in Tennessee, which will serve our city well. I look forward to working with her.”

Dr. Long currently serves as the Director of TennCare, the single largest health insurer in Tennessee, covering 20 percent of the state’s population and 50 percent of all births. TennCare is recognized nationally as a model for the delivery of high quality, cost effective care through an integrated managed care delivery system. Before becoming Director in 2016, Dr. Long held key executive management positions within TennCare including Deputy Director and Chief Medical Officer.

Prior to joining the team at TennCare, Dr. Long was an Assistant commissioner at the Tennessee Department of Health where she oversaw all of the core public health programs administered by the Department as well as the operation of the rural regional and county health departments. She also worked closely with the six metro public health directors facilitating partnerships that supported statewide initiatives.

Dr. Long received her undergraduate and medical degrees from the Ohio State University and completed a Preventive Medicine residency and the Master of Public Health program at the University of South Carolina. She is a Nashville Health Care Council Fellow (class of 2015) and is a past president of the Tennessee Public Health Association. At the national level, she is involved in health policy through the efforts of several organizations including serving as a member of the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) Standards Committee and on the Health Advisory Panel of the Congressional Budget Office (CBO).

The Metro Public Health Department, with a staff of more than 500 employees, serves a population estimated at 680,000, with a total budget of $46 million.

The mission of the Metro Public Health Department (MPHD) is to protect, improve, and sustain health and wellbeing for all people in Metropolitan Nashville. As Nashville’s Local Health Department, we provide and connect people to essential public health services, we enforce health regulations, and we lead and support collaborative efforts to create healthy conditions for everyone in Nashville.