Health & Welfare Priority

Governor Haslam's Goal: To promote healthy behavior and provide high quality services to our most vulnerable populations.

Governor Haslam believes individuals must take ownership of their health, and we are working to promote healthy decisions and responsible behavior.  The state also plays a role in dealing with public health challenges as well as serving some of our most vulnerable populations, including children in state custody, low income individuals and families receiving Medicaid benefits or obtaining services through our health clinics, and the intellectually disabled.  Governor Haslam is working hard to make sure we are providing high quality and cost effective services to these populations.

  • Overall Health Ranking
  • Smoking
  • Obesity
  • Infant Mortality Rate
  • Immunization Coverage
  • Teen Birth Rate
  • Home and Community Based Services
  • Average Time to Adoption
  • A ranking put out by America’s Health Rankings that accounts for both outcomes and determinants using 22 different measures. Each measure is assigned a weight that determines its percentage of the overall score.

    The 15 determinant measures account for 75 percent of the overall ranking and the 7 outcome measures account for 25 percent. The numerical value is the weighted sum of the number of standard deviations each core measure is from the national average.
    2016, America's Health Rankings.
  • The percent of the population over age 18 that smokes on a regular basis.
    2014, CDC, Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System Survey.
  • The percent of adults categorized as obese. An adult is considered obese if their body mass index (BMI) is 30 or greater.
    2014, CDC, Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System Survey.
  • The number of infant deaths per 1,000 births.
    2014, TN Department of Health.
  • The National Immunization Survey (NIS) measures the percentage of children in Tennessee and nationally between 19 and 35 months of age who have been completely vaccinated against 11 serious diseases: by the year 2020, the national goal is for 80% of these children to be completely vaccinated.

    To count as completely vaccinated, a child must have had 4 doses of DTaP (diphtheria, tetanus and pertussis), 3 doses of polio vaccine, 1 dose of MMR (measles, mumps and rubella), 3 doses of Hib vaccine, 3 doses of hepatitis B vaccine, 1 dose of varicella (chickenpox) vaccine, and four doses of pneumococcal conjugate vaccine (PCV): they call it the “4:3:1:3:3:1:4” series.
    2013, CDC, National Immunization Survey.
  • The number of births per 1,000 women age 15 to 19.
    2014, America's Health Ranking.
  • The percent of long-term care individuals (both elderly and adults with physical disabilities) in home and community-based care as opposed to nursing facilities.
    2016, TennCare.
  • The average number of months between termination of parental rights and adoption finalization.
    FY 2013, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.