NASHVILLE – Antibiotics play an integral role in fighting bacterial infections, but lose their effectiveness if not prescribed and taken appropriately. Bacteria are becoming resistant to antibiotics and experts say that increasingly causes trouble in treating some infectious diseases. During Antibiotic Awareness Week, the Tennessee Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention want to raise awareness about the importance of appropriate antibiotic use and combating the threat of resistance.
Friday, November 17, 2017 | 3:01pm
Monday, November 13, 2017 | 1:20pm
NASHVILLE – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and First Lady Crissy Haslam today announced the Tennessee Children’s Cabinet is accepting nominations for the 2018 Governor’s Awards for Excellence in Early Foundations. These awards were created to recognize collaborative and innovative projects that are helping Tennessee students enter the classroom prepared to learn. “In Tennessee, we believe an education is the pathway to a better future, and that begins with our youngest citizens,” Governor Haslam said. “These awards give us the opportunity to honor the many community agencies and partners across the state who help Tennessee children succeed and start school prepared to learn.”
MEDIA ADVISORY: Tennessee Health Care Leaders Collaborate to “Turn the Tide” to Prevent Opioid AbuseThursday, November 09, 2017 | 3:40pm
NASHVILLE – Tennessee Department of Health Commissioner John Dreyzehner, MD, MPH will join other state and local officials for the “Turning the Tide: Collaborating to Prevent Opioid Abuse” summit Nov. 13 – 14, 2017 at the Marriott Cool Springs Conference Center in Franklin. The goal of this summit is to facilitate collaboration across the Tennessee health care community to identify interventions to decrease abuse and misuse of opioids and improve quality of care and patient safety for treatment of acute and chronic pain. Focus areas include patient education, prescriber education, perioperative pain management and emergency department pain management.
Thursday, November 09, 2017 | 12:36pm
NASHVILLE – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam today joined Tennessee Department of Veterans Services Commissioner Many-Bears Grinder and Major General Terry “Max” Haston from the Tennessee Military Department to recognize six veteran state employees and more than 474,000 Tennessee veterans of all ages and eras. The Governor’s Veterans Day event was held at the Tennessee Tower Plaza in downtown Nashville.
“When we are talking to employers about Tennessee’s skilled workforce, veterans play a huge role in making the Volunteer State competitive,” Haslam said. “Veterans represent more than 6 percent of the State of Tennessee’s executive branch and I am proud to work along so many people who have bravely served our country.”
Friday, November 03, 2017 | 9:56am
Local Residents May be Targeted through Social Media
DRESDEN – The Weakley County Health Department has been notified by a local resident of a potential scam in which people are told they have won money from the health department.
The scam reportedly involves an individual who is notifying potential victims through Facebook to tell them they have won money from the Weakley County Health Department. The scam artist is requesting personal information from those contacted.
Wednesday, November 01, 2017 | 9:52am
NASHVILLE – The Tennessee Department of Health and Tennessee Department of Agriculture are working to raise awareness of the connections among human, animal and environmental health with observances of the second annual international “One Health Day” Nov. 3, 2017.
The One Health concept recognizes the health of people, animals and the environment are all deeply connected. One Health Day highlights the need for a trans-disciplinary approach to solve critical global health challenges including emerging diseases, antimicrobial resistance, food safety, environmental pollution and many others.
Tuesday, October 31, 2017 | 2:09pm
Department of Health Honors Infant Mortality Reduction Efforts
NASHVILLE – Tennessee Health Commissioner John Dreyzehner, MD, MPH joined other state and local officials at the Tennessee State Capitol Tuesday, October 31 to announce the first “BEST for Babies” awards to celebrate hospital efforts to reduce infant deaths and give babies and their families the best possible start. TDH has partnered with Tennessee birthing hospitals since 2014 to promote safe sleep practices for infants. The “BEST for Babies” award is the next step forward in helping give Tennessee babies a great start to life.
Thursday, October 26, 2017 | 10:10am
NASHVILLE – The Tennessee Department of Health invites parents and caregivers to take part in Let’s Talk Month this October. This annual campaign empowers parents to take advantage of teachable moments every day to talk with their families about healthy relationships
Tuesday, October 24, 2017 | 8:44am
NASHVILLE – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam will hold budget hearings for Fiscal Year 2018-2019 on Monday, November 6 through Thursday, November 9. The hearings will be held in the Executive Conference Room on the ground floor of the State Capitol. Haslam, Finance and Administration Commissioner Larry Martin, Chief Operating Officer Greg Adams and David Thurman, state budget director, will preside over the hearings.
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Friday, October 20, 2017 | 11:36am
Davidson County Nursing Home Cited for Violations
NASHVILLE – Tennessee Health Commissioner John Dreyzehner, MD, MPH, has suspended new admissions of residents to Nashville Community Care and Rehabilitation at Bordeaux effective October 19, 2017. In addition, Dreyzehner has imposed two state civil monetary penalties of $5,000 and $2,500 for a total assessment of $7,500. A special monitor has been appointed to review the facility’s operations.
Thursday, October 19, 2017 | 9:51am
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month
NASHVILLE – Breast cancer is one of the leading causes of cancer death in women in the United States. With nearly 4,700 new cases of breast cancer diagnosed in Tennessee every year, the Tennessee Department of Health encourages residents to talk with a health care provider on when to schedule their annual mammograms. Mammography screening should begin no later than age 50.
Wednesday, October 11, 2017 | 10:45am
NASHVILLE – The Tennessee Board of Massage Licensure has summarily suspended the license of Christian Wells, a resident of Murfreesboro, Tenn. The suspension became effective October 3, 2017. As a result of the summary suspension, Wells was immediately prohibited from practicing as a licensed massage therapist in Tennessee.
Thursday, September 28, 2017 | 1:12pm
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam and Health Commissioner John Dreyzehner, MD, MPH urge Tennesseans to get their annual flu shot now. Governor Haslam and Commissioner Dreyzehner will get their seasonal flu vaccinations Monday, October 2 at the Jackson-Madison County Regional Health Department in Jackson.
Tuesday, September 26, 2017 | 10:32am
NASHVILLE--Governor Bill Haslam has proclaimed October 1-7, 2017 Child Health Week in Tennessee. The Tennessee Department of Health encourages all Tennesseans to put the health and well-being of children first during Child Health Week and every day of the year.
Tuesday, September 26, 2017 | 10:30am
NASHVILLE—The Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services (TDMHSAS) will receive six million dollars in federal funding to provide medication-assisted treatment for opioid addiction to people who otherwise might not have access to it. Treatment supported by the funding will be targeted to the uninsured or underinsured, particularly veterans or military members and women of childbearing age. In all, the funding will provide medication-assisted treatment for 660 people in six targeted counties: Davidson, Hardin, Lewis, Shelby, Sullivan, and Washington. “When battling opioid addiction, there’s no single treatment that can work for all patients,” said TDMHSAS Commissioner Marie Williams. “For the people who can benefit from medication-assisted treatment, we know that the cost is often a barrier. This targeted funding will go a long way to making sure patients continue treatment in pursuit of recovery.”