The Tennessee Public Health Association is pleased to join APHA in working with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Service’s COVID-19 Public Education Campaign, We Can Do This, to educate patients about their risk for severe COVID and the availability of treatments.  

As part of this effort, we have a collection of new COVID-19 resources sharing U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention information. These handouts, posters and talking points are available in both English and Spanish at APHA.org/We-Can-Do-This.  These new communication materials help us educate people about:

  • Who is at increased risk for severe illness from COVID
  • The availability of COVID treatments
  • The importance of getting treated early

 As COVID gets less media attention and much of the country tries to move beyond the pandemic, it is important to continue to raise awareness of the risks of severe COVID and treatment options. The We Can Do This campaign/resources help with this effort.

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 Thank you for sharing these new resources with the communities you serve!



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People hearing presentationMembership in the Tennessee Public Health Association is far more than attending an annual conference at a discounted rate.  Membership includes working with like-minded professionals on committees, in professional sections and community volunteer efforts to make Tennessee a healthier and safer place for residents and visitors to live, work and play.  Benefits include professional growth and development, access to resources and events, leadership and skill building, networking and job searching, peer support, internships and mentoring programs and advocacy.  Continue reading to learn more about Member Benefits

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Tennessee Department of Health Launches In the Dark Campaign

The Tennessee Department of Health has launched the In the Dark media campaign, a multifaceted campaign targeting caregivers, those experiencing memory loss, and those engaging in behaviors that put them at risk for dementia to assist in talking with their healthcare provider about next steps.   Click on the photo below for a preview and go to TDH - In the Dark for more information.


TPHA's takes position against Gun Violence

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The Tennessee Public Health Association implores members of Tennessee’s General Assembly to come together now to enact common sense bipartisan legislation to address gun violence. We support Governor Lee’s proposed funding for additional school resource officers (SRO). We urge the General Assembly to approve funding for his request in the 2022-2023 state budget. While we applaud these measures, alone they are insufficient to adequately address the problem of gun violence. Tennessee needs a comprehensive solution to gun violence – one that includes Governor Lee’s school-based measures as well as common sense gun legislation as recommended below:

  • Universal Background Checks should be required for everyone buying a gun whether purchased from a licensed dealer or by private transfer. Background checks should include fingerprinting, access to state mental health records, restraining order data, FBI data and be finalized before completion of the gun sale.
  • Extreme Risk Protection Orders to enable temporary removal of firearms from someone who is reasonably believed to be a risk to themselves or others.
  • Firearm License or Permit required for everyone to own or purchase a gun, just as a license is required to drive a car. Issuance of a license/permit should be contingent upon completion of gun safety training.
  • Child Access Prevention and Safe Storage laws with penalties sufficient to protect children at home by ensuring parents or guardians are securing their guns to prevent underage access.
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