Children Programs & Services
Healthy children are a major priority of the health department. Well child checkups include physical exams, screening tests and immunizations. Screenings are available to assure normal development and to detect and treat any medical condition for persons from birth to 21 years of age. We strongly recommend regular checkups and we can make referrals for medical/dental services to be sure all children are as healthy as they can be.
If your child is a new patient, please print and complete the Health History questionnaire (English; Spanish) and bring to your appointment with a list of any medications your child is taking.
Children's Special Services (CSS)
Children’s Special Services is a program that provides medical case coordination and services to eligible children birth to age 21 with special health care needs. CSS has three components: medical services, care coordination, and support identification. For more information about CSS, visit the State of Tennessee CSS website or call (615) 794-1542.
If you are a provider and would like to refer a patient to CSS, please complete a referral form and send via facsimile to (615) 790-5967.
Dental Services – including exams, cleanings, sealants and fillings – are provided to uninsured children and those with TennCare, under the age of 21. Adults with no dental insurance coverage are only seen in cases of emergency. Fees for services are on a sliding fee scale based on family size and income.
If you or your child is a new patient or have not updated your health history in more than one year, please print and complete the Dental Health History questionnaire (English; Spanish) and bring to your appointment along with a list of any medications you or your child is taking.
HUGS (Help Us Grow Successfully) Program
HUGS is a home visitation program which through intervention, assessment, and education, assists pregnant and postpartum women for up to two years, and infants and children up to age six in gaining access to medical, social, and educational services. If you are a parent or caregiver of a young child and are interested in being in a home visiting program, please call (615) 794-1542 for more information.
There are no financial guidelines to participate in the program. Referrals can be made by calling (615) 794-1542 or faxing a referral to (615) 790-5967. Referrals are made by physicians, hospitals, social agencies, clinics, family members and individuals. Click to fill out the HUGS referral form.
Immunizations against polio, diphtheria, whooping cough, lockjaw, measles, mumps, rubella (German measles), Hemophilus, and Hepatitis B are provided for children. Influenza (flu) and pneumonia immunizations and diphtheria-tetanus boosters are also available to adults for lasting protection against these diseases.
TennCare is a program to ensure persons from birth to 21 years of age who have TennCare receive their recommended checkups and health and dental services. Community Outreach representatives are available to promote the importance of well child checkups and preventive care to individuals and group settings through participation in community activities, schools, agencies and home visits.
For more information, call (615) 794-1542.
Women, Infants and Children (WIC) Nutrition Program
WIC is a federal program designed to provide supplemental food to
low-income pregnant, postpartum and breastfeeding women, infants and
children until the age of five. The program provides a combination of
nutrition education, supplemental foods, breastfeeding promotion and
support, and referrals for health care. WIC has proven to be effective in
preventing and improving nutrition-related health problems.
Please review the documents you need to bring to your WIC appointment.
For more information and to review income eligibility guidelines, visit the
State of TN WIC Program website.