• Mumps Outbreak Underscores Need For Vaccinations

    Sunday, April 23, 2006 | 7:00pm

    April 22-29 Is National Infant Immunization Week

     Nashville, April 24, 2006

    A large, ongoing outbreak of mumps in the Midwestern United States serves as a timely reminder of the importance of ensuring complete immunization of all Tennessee infants, children and others at risk of vaccine-preventable diseases. During National Infant Immunization Week, April 22-29, and always, the Tennessee Department of Health urges everyone to make sure children are fully vaccinated against mumps by making sure they have received the MMR (measles, mumps and rubella) vaccine if they are at least one year of age.

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  • admissions To Wesley Highland Manor Suspended

    Monday, April 17, 2006 | 7:00pm

    Memphis nursing home cited for violations

    Nashville, April 18, 2006

    Tennessee Department of Health Commissioner Kenneth S. Robinson, M.D., has suspended new admissions of patients to Wesley Highland Manor nursing home and imposed a state civil monetary penalty of $1,500. The federal civil penalty has been imposed at $3,050 a day until the violations are corrected. A special monitor will be appointed to review the home’s operations.

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  • April is Minority Health Month

    Wednesday, April 12, 2006 | 7:00pm

    Populations of Color Health Status Report to be Released at End of Month

    Nashville, April 13, 2006

    Through a proclamation signed by Governor Phil Bredesen, Tennessee is joining the entire nation this month in celebrating April as Minority Health Month in Tennessee. Minority Health Month, created in April 2001 by the National Minority Health Month Foundation in partnership with the federal Office of Minority Health, is intended to raise awareness about health issues that affect minority populations and encourage organizations, community groups and individuals to get involved in activities to promote better health and eliminate health disparities.

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  • Department Of Health Launches Infant Mortality Initiative, ´1 For All´

    Monday, April 03, 2006 | 7:00pm

    State Department Of Health Stresses “Every Baby Deserves A First Birthday”


    Nashville, April 4, 2006

    As a part of its observance of National Public Health Week, the Tennessee Department of Health today launches its new initiative aimed at significantly reducing infant mortality in Tennessee, “1 For All.” The initiative involves developing strategies in local communities where infant mortality is more prevalent and engaging stakeholders to garner their support and participation, including government officials, community-based organization representatives, members of the clergy, school system administrators, parents, family members and neighbors.

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  • National Public Health Week Celebrates Healthy Kids, Communities

    Monday, April 03, 2006 | 7:00pm

    State Department of Health Stresses “Every Baby Deserves a First Birthday”

    Nashville, April 4, 2006

    The American Public Health Association (APHA) and hundreds of partner organizations will explore ways that Americans can build healthier communities and healthier kids during National Public Health Week (NPHW), April 3rd through 9th, 2006.

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  • Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month Observed in March

    Thursday, March 30, 2006 | 6:00pm

    Colorectal Cancer 90 Percent Curable With Screenings

    Nashville, March 31, 2006

    The end of March marks the closing of Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month, an observance created in 2000 by the Cancer Research and Prevention Foundation to increase awareness of the importance of regular screening to save lives and decrease the national burden of colorectal cancer (cancer of the colon or rectum). The Tennessee Comprehensive Cancer Control Coalition (TCC) encourages all Tennesseans to get screened for colorectal cancer if they are over the age of 50 or are at risk.

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  • World TB Day is Recognized in Tennessee

    Sunday, March 19, 2006 | 6:00pm

    Cases Increase Significantly For the First Time Since 1996

    Nashville, March 20, 2006

    This Friday, March 24, has been designated as World TB Day to raise awareness, knowledge and motivation for action against tuberculosis (TB) worldwide. TB kills approximately two million people worldwide every year. Limited access to healthcare services, the spread of HIV/AIDS and the emergence of multi-drug resistant TB are contributing to the worsening worldwide impact of this disease.

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  • World TB Day is Recognized in Tennessee

    Sunday, March 19, 2006 | 6:00pm

    Cases Increase Significantly For the First Time Since 1996

    Nashville, March 20, 2006

    This Friday, March 24, has been designated as World TB Day to raise awareness, knowledge and motivation for action against tuberculosis (TB) worldwide. TB kills approximately two million people worldwide every year. Limited access to healthcare services, the spread of HIV/AIDS and the emergence of multi-drug resistant TB are contributing to the worsening worldwide impact of this disease.

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  • March is Brain Injury Awareness Month

    Wednesday, March 08, 2006 | 6:00pm

    “LIving with Brain Injury” Focuses on Improving Lives

    Nashville, March 9, 2006

    Every 23 seconds, brain injury occurs in the United States. Approximately 5.3 million Americans currently have long-term or lifelong needs for help to perform daily activities as a result of a traumatic brain injury.

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  • March is Brain Injury Awareness Month

    Wednesday, March 08, 2006 | 6:00pm

    “LIving with Brain Injury” Focuses on Improving Lives

    Nashville, March 9, 2006

    Every 23 seconds, brain injury occurs in the United States. Approximately 5.3 million Americans currently have long-term or lifelong needs for help to perform daily activities as a result of a traumatic brain injury.

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  • State Department of Health Celebrates Groundbreaking for New Health Facility in Maury County

    Wednesday, March 01, 2006 | 6:00pm

    Columbia, March 2, 2006

    Today, representatives of the Tennessee Department of Health joined Maury County officials and other state and local government officials in breaking ground for the new Maury County Health Department facility. The new Health Department location at Highway 412 at the Highway 43 exchange, in Columbia, is scheduled to be complete in early 2007. In May 2005, Governor Phil Bredesen proposed $1 million in Healthcare Safety Net funding for a new facility for the Maury County Health Department. The funding, which was approved by the Tennessee General Assembly, will assist in the addition of primary care services for local residents currently without health insurance.

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  • State Department of Health Celebrates Groundbreaking for New Health Facility in Maury County

    Wednesday, March 01, 2006 | 6:00pm

    Columbia, March 2, 2006

    Today, representatives of the Tennessee Department of Health joined Maury County officials and other state and local government officials in breaking ground for the new Maury County Health Department facility. The new Health Department location at Highway 412 at the Highway 43 exchange, in Columbia, is scheduled to be complete in early 2007. In May 2005, Governor Phil Bredesen proposed $1 million in Healthcare Safety Net funding for a new facility for the Maury County Health Department. The funding, which was approved by the Tennessee General Assembly, will assist in the addition of primary care services for local residents currently without health insurance.

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  • African-Americans Affected More Often by Diabetes

    Sunday, February 26, 2006 | 6:00pm

    Disease Affects African-Americans More than Twice as Much as Whites

    Nashville, February 27, 2006

    The number of people living with diabetes is increasing dramatically in Tennessee. While diabetes affects all races, African-Americans are disproportionately affected. Diabetes was the fourth leading cause of death for Tennessee’s black community in 2004 and the sixth leading cause of death overall in the state. Hospitalizations, as well as complications that result from diabetes such as heart disease, stroke, blindness, lower limb amputations and severe kidney disease are also more common in African-Americans.

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