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Clarksville Mayor Kim McMillan forms Opioid Task Force

 

City of Clarksville

City of Clarksville - Clarksville, TNClarksville, TN – Clarksville Mayor Kim McMillan is forming an Opioid Task Force to help the City develop a coordinated local response to the opioid crisis gripping America.

The Mayor’s Opioid Task Force is charged with advising the Mayor of Clarksville on a coordinated plan to reduce opioid abuse, dependence and overdose in Clarksville and to draft a report of findings and recommendations for action.

Citizens group will monitor lawsuit against drug makers and advise City of Clarksville on steps to reduce abuse and overdoses.

Citizens group will monitor lawsuit against drug makers and advise City of Clarksville on steps to reduce abuse and overdoses.

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Clarksville-Montgomery County Green Certification Banquet set for September 20th

 

Clarksville-Montgomery County Green Certification Program

Clarksville-Montgomery County Green CertificationMontgomery County, TN – Tickets are on sale now for the 2018 Green Certification Banquet. Come enjoy a night dedicated to environmental stewardship and all things green. The banquet will be held Thursday, September 20th, 2018 at the Wilma Rudolph Event Center. Doors open at 5:30pm and the evening’s festivities will begin promptly at 6:00pm.

Sara Holloway Cox, Healthy Development Coordinator for the Tennessee Department of Health, will present “How Sustainability Impacts Personal and Community Health”. Attendees will also hear from Rebeckah Dopp, of ERS, who will discuss e-waste recycling in Middle Tennessee and Red Knight Distribution will show how Styrofoam is transformed into something totally new.

2018 Clarksville-Montgomery County Green Certification Banquet to be held at the Wilma Rudolph Event Center on September 20th.

2018 Clarksville-Montgomery County Green Certification Banquet to be held at the Wilma Rudolph Event Center on September 20th.

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Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office gives Hepatitis A Vaccinations to Inmates and Jail Deputies

 

Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office (MCSO)

Montgomery County Sheriff's Office - MCSOClarksville, TN – The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office and their inmate medical provider Correct Care Solutions, along with the assistance of the Montgomery County Health Department and Tennessee Department of Health, administered 610 hepatitis A vaccines to inmates and jail deputies on Saturday, August 4th, 2018.

The need to vaccinate the inmates and jail employees was to prevent an outbreak after an inmate tested positive for hepatitis A. The inmate tested positive on Thursday, August 2nd, 2018 and has since been quarantined and is under medical care. As of today, no other inmate has tested positive for hepatitis A.

Montgomery County Sheriff's Office administers Hepatitis A Vaccinations at the Montgomery County Jail after one inmate tested positive on August 2nd.

Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office administers Hepatitis A Vaccinations at the Montgomery County Jail after one inmate tested positive on August 2nd.

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Tennessee and U.S. Public Housing Smoking Ban Effective July 31st

 

Tennessee Department of Health

Tennessee Department of HealthNashville, TN – Smoking will be prohibited in public housing units across Tennessee and the U.S. effective July 31st, 2018.

The smoke-free rule is part of a larger plan to decrease building maintenance and smoke-related damage costs, reduce the risk of accidental fires and create healthier environments by reducing exposure to secondhand smoke.

The Tennessee Department of Health reminds Tennesseans who smoke that free help to quit smoking is available through the Tennessee Tobacco QuitLine.

Public Housing Smoking Ban went into effect today, Wednesday, July 31st.

Public Housing Smoking Ban went into effect today, Wednesday, July 31st.

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Tennessee Department of Health says Immunizations help keep Children Healthy and Learning in the Classroom

 

Tennessee Department of Health

Tennessee Department of HealthNashville, TN – Summer break is almost over for many students in Tennessee, and as plans are being made for another school year, the Tennessee Department of Health says it’s important to make sure students receive their required immunizations before going back to the classroom.

“We want Tennessee children to be in school, learning in a safe and healthy environment, so it’s extremely important students are vaccinated against diseases that can spread easily in the classroom or elsewhere,” said TDH Chief Medical Officer David Reagan. “I encourage parents and caregivers to protect their students, their families and those around them by getting the vaccines they need to stay healthy.”

Kindergarteners and other children enrolling in a Tennessee school for the first time must provide schools with a complete Official Tennessee Immunization Certificate before classes begin.

Kindergarteners and other children enrolling in a Tennessee school for the first time must provide schools with a complete Official Tennessee Immunization Certificate before classes begin.

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Tennessee Department of Health Urges Tennesseans at Risk for Hepatitis A to Get Vaccinated Now

 

Tennessee Department of Health

Tennessee Department of HealthNashville, TN – The Tennessee Department of Health is investigating a hepatitis A outbreak in Nashville, Chattanooga and the Mid-Cumberland Region with nearly 100 cases statewide.

This hepatitis A outbreak is linked to a large, multi-state outbreak that has been going on since early 2017, primarily affecting recreational drug users and persons experiencing homelessness in other states including the nearby states of Kentucky, Indiana and West Virginia.

Tennessee Department of Health stresses vaccination need due to Hepatitis A outbreak in Tennessee. (CDC)

Tennessee Department of Health stresses vaccination need due to Hepatitis A outbreak in Tennessee. (CDC)

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Teen Pregnancy Continues Decline in Tennessee

 

Tennessee Department of HealthNashville, TN – The Tennessee Department of Health reports that consistent with national trends, Tennessee’s teen pregnancy rates per 1,000 females declined from 49 in 2013 to 32.5 in 2016. The most recent national data available is from 2013, when the teen pregnancy rate in the U.S. was 43 per 1,000 females.

“We are moving in the right direction in Tennessee,” said TDH Assistant Commissioner for Family Health and Wellness Morgan McDonald, MD. “Though many factors may contribute to teen pregnancies, the positive work being done illustrates education and public health interventions make a difference. We have seen that when teens have access to information about preventing pregnancy, our teen pregnancy rates decrease.”

Tennessee Adolescent Pregnancy Map. Districts shaded in blue had a county rate exceeding 19.5 in 2015.

Tennessee Adolescent Pregnancy Map. Districts shaded in blue had a county rate exceeding 19.5 in 2015.

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Tennessee Department of Health urges Parents, Coaches to Protect Youth Athletes from Heat

 

Tennessee Department of HealthNashville, TN – Have your fun in the sun, but take steps to protect yourself and your family against heat-related illness.

The Tennessee Department of Health is encouraging parents and youth sports leagues to prevent heat-related injuries this summer as part of the observance of National Heat Awareness Day May 25th, 2018.

National Heat Awareness Day is May 25th, 2018.

National Heat Awareness Day is May 25th, 2018.

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Army Public Health tracking possible mumps exposure at Fort Campbell

 

Blanchfield Army Hospital - BACH - Fort Campbell KYFort Campbell, KY – U.S. Army Public Health officials from Fort Campbell are investigating possible mumps cases among a Fort Campbell family and are working to notify personnel who may have been exposed, officials said April 24th, 2018.

“Blanchfield Army Community Hospital sent lab results to the Tennessee Department of Health to determine if the case is mumps positive and have started notifying people who may have been exposed as a precautionary measure to limit possible exposure,” said Maj. Simone Edwards, Chief of Public Health Nursing at Blanchfield Army Community Hospital.

Measles starts with fever, runny nose, cough, red eyes, and sore throat. It’s followed by a rash that spreads over the body. Measles virus is highly contagious virus and spreads through the air through coughing and sneezing. Make sure you and your child are protected with measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR) vaccine. (CDC)

Measles starts with fever, runny nose, cough, red eyes, and sore throat. It’s followed by a rash that spreads over the body. Measles virus is highly contagious virus and spreads through the air through coughing and sneezing. Make sure you and your child are protected with measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR) vaccine. (CDC)

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Funding Bill for the Genesis Teen Learning Center Approved

 

Written by Joe Pitts
Tennessee State Representative

Tennessee State Representative - District 67Nashville, TN – Art Therapy Licensing Bill – House Bill 2150 (Rep. Joe Pitts, D-Clarksville) and Senate Bill 2127 (Senator Ed Jackson, R-Jackson) would set up a licensing procedure through the Tennessee Department of Health.  “This legislation was brought to me by a group of art therapy professionals requesting the State to set up this procedure,” Pitts said. 

Art therapy will be another tool in the toolbox to assist Tennesseans with mental illness, people with cancer, people with Dementias & Alzheimer’s, as well as active duty military, veterans, and military families. 

Tennessee Representative Joe Pitts

Tennessee Representative Joe Pitts

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