Most schools require children to be current on vaccinations before enrolling to protect the health of all students. Today’s childhood vaccines prevent serious and potentially life-threatening diseases, including polio, measles, whooping cough and chickenpox. Tatum Johnson, R.N., from the Metro Public Health Department joined us on a recent episode of Community Health Matters to discuss the immunizations your child needs before going back to school. View her segment here.

One of the most important things a parent can do for their child’s health is to have them vaccinated, according to the Centers for Disease Control’s immunization schedule. And all children enrolling in Metro Nashville Public Schools must have an official Tennessee Certificate of Immunization. This certificate is required by state law and is only available from a private healthcare provider or from the Metro Public Health Department.

To enroll in kindergarten, all children must receive the following immunizations:

  • Diphtheria-Tetanus-Pertussis
  • Hepatitis B
  • Poliomyelitis
  • Measles, Mumps, Rubella
  • Varicella (Chickenpox)
  • Hepatitis A

Before entering 7th grade, students are required to be receive these additional immunizations:

  • Tetanus-diphtheria-pertussis booster
  • Verification of immunity to varicella

Looking for a Metro Public Health Department clinic near you? All of the middle Tennessee clinics listed below allow walk-in appointments for routine child and adult immunizations.

Lentz Public Health Center
Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

East Nashville Public Health Center
Monday – Friday, 7:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Woodbine Public Health Center
Monday – Friday, 7 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Thursday, 7 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.

For more information on how to guard your child against potentially life-threatening diseases, please visit CDC.gov/vaccines.

Most schools require children to be current on vaccinations before enrolling to protect the health of all students. The Metro Public Health Department’s Tatum Johnson joins us to discuss immunizations your child needs before going back to school.

Learning you have cancer can be overwhelming – leaving you feeling frightened, vulnerable and alone. The 4th Angel Mentoring Program offers free, one-on-one, confidential outreach and support from someone who has successfully made the same journey. Scott Hamilton, Olympic gold medalist and cancer survivor, and Your Care Everywhere‘s Daniel Hart joined us on a recent episode of Community Health Matters to discuss the life-changing program. View their segment here.


Approximately 39.6 percent of men and women will be diagnosed with cancer at some point during their lifetimes, according to the National Cancer Institute. After diagnosis, there are often three groups of people who are “angels” in your life: your oncologist, your oncology nurse and your friends and family. The 4th Angel Program matches you to a specially trained volunteer and cancer survivor who becomes your fourth “angel” to provide support in your journey to recovery.


4th Angels have insights in a way no one else can, having experienced all of the ups and downs of cancer firsthand that allows them to best empower their mentees with knowledge, awareness and hope. The program is telephone-based, allowing connections to form anywhere in the country with mentors and mentees paired as closely as possible with respect to diagnosis, gender and age.


To be matched with an angel through the program, you simply need to submit a request through the 4th Angel Mentoring Program website and complete a brief phone interview. Any adult with cancer or who is caring for a person with cancer is eligible to be matched with a mentor.


For more information on the 4th Angel Mentoring Program, visit 4thAngel.org.

Learning you have cancer is overwhelming. We spoke with Scott Hamilton and YourCareUniverse’s Daniel Hart about the 4th Angel Mentoring Program. which offers free, confidential outreach and support from someone who has successfully made the same journey. Any adult with cancer – or caregiver for a person with cancer – is eligible to be matched with a mentor through the 4th Angel Mentoring Program. Learn more at 4thAngel.org.

My HealthCare Home

Out of approximately two million residents in the greater Nashville area, 300,000 do NOT have insurance. And only 50 percent of those know about affordable healthcare clinics nearby. Carol Westlake from the Safety Net Consortium joined us on a recent episode of Community Health Matters to discuss My HealthCare Home, a website connecting patients to healthcare options. View her segment here.

The mission of the new My HealthCare Home website is to easily and quickly connect the uninsured, underinsured and low-income population of Middle Tennessee to high-quality, accessible and affordable healthcare clinics in their area.

These community-based clinics provide preventive and continuing care and are an alternative to emergency rooms or minute clinics. With more than 50 not-for-profit locations, My HealthCare Home clinics also have specialists on staff at the same affordable prices and include dental and mental health services.

It’s important to note My HealthCare Home does not only provide options for underinsured people, the clinics are a safety net for anyone who needs them. Clinics charge fees based on your income and family size, and serve persons without health insurance or with TennCare, coverage through the Affordable Care Act or employer-based health insurance.

If you struggle to pay for healthcare, visit www.MyHCHtn.org to find clinic locations, services and hours, and the phone number or online registration link to set up an appointment.

My HealthCare Home

300,000 greater Nashville area residents do not have insurance. My HealthCare Home connects people to a regular source of healthcare. Safety Net Consortium’s Carol Westlake explains how it’s helping patients in Middle Tennessee.