Sherrie Montgomery, County Director

Sherrie MontgomeryOffice Location:
Hamblen County Health Department
331 West Main Street
Morristown, TN  37814

Telephone:(423) 586-6431
Fax:  (423) 586-6324

Office Hours:
Monday – Friday, 8:00 AM-4:30 PM
(Late WIC Clinic first Tuesday of each month)

Our Mission:
The mission  of the Tennessee Department of Health and the Hamblen County Health Department is to PROTECT, PROMOTE and IMPROVE the health and prosperity of people in Tennessee.  The Hamblen County Health Department offers a variety of services to carry out this mission.  Health professionals include nurses, nurse practitioner, nutritionists, social worker, health educator, environmentalists, clerical personnel, breastfeeding peer counselors, and Spanish interpreters.

The Hamblen County Health Department provides confidential services to all regardless of age, sex, income, race, disability or marital status.A sliding fee schedule is available based on income for services where there is a charge. Some services are by appointment, while others are available on a walk in basis. For a complete listing of programs available and requirements, please click on one of the available links.

Childhood and adult vaccinations are available to protect against many diseases. Children’s immunizations provided include: DTap and Tdap (diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis), Hepatitis B, Hib, pneumococcal conjugate, polio, rotavirus, MMR (measles, mumps, rubella), varicella, Hepatitis A, HPV, and meningitis.

Adult immunizations provided are Hepatitis B, HPV, meningitis, MMR, pneumonia, tetanus, Tdap, and varicella. Seasonal flu vaccine is also available for both children and adults.

Immunization records are available by request if received in Tennessee.

WIC is a supplemental nutrition program for women, infants and children.  WIC provides nutrition education, breastfeeding support and education, health referrals, and nutritious foods.

Who is Eligible for WIC?

  • Pregnant Women
  • Postpartum and Breastfeeding Women
  • Infants and Children up to 5 years of age

How Do I Qualify?

To receive WIC benefits, you must meet federal income guidelines and have a medical or nutritional risk. WIC services are by appointment.  Identification, proof of residency, proof of income, and immunization record are required to bring to appointment. 

What is provided?

WIC provides food instruments which can be used at local stores to buy:  milk, cheese, eggs, whole grain breads and cereals, juice, fresh or frozen fruits and vegetables, infant formula and cereal, and baby food fruits and vegetables. There is also an enhanced food package for breastfeeding women that includes extra milk, dried beans or peanut butter, tuna and carrots.  Foods bought with WIC food instruments are meant to supplement your food purchases to provide healthy, balanced meals. WIC also offers breastfeeding guidance and support, healthy eating education, and referrals for a variety of services.

EPSDT Exams (Early, Periodic, Screening Diagnosis, Treatment)—Well child check ups are a major priority of the health department. Physical exams, school physicals and health screening are available for children with TennCare from birth to 21 years of age; for children uninsured, the charge is base on family income. An EPSDT exam is comprehensive and includes: health and developmental history, unclothed physical exam, vision screening, hearing screening, lab tests, immunizations and health education.

Community Outreach—works to assure babies, children, teens and young adults receive medical, dental, and behavioral health services entitled to them as TennCare recipients. Community Outreach workers participate in a variety of community outreach events.

HUGS (HELP US GROW SUCCESSFULLY)—The HUGS Program provides ongoing home visits and support for either prenatal clients, infants or children under six years of age who are at risk for medical problems or developmental delays. Services given are: parenting skills educations, preventive health teaching, early childhood education, medical care coordination and prenatal education.

CSS (CHILDREN’S SPECIAL SERVICES)—The CSS Program assists with medical treatment for children from birth to 21 years age who have a chronic illness or a medical condition which may affect the well-being of a child. Other services covered are medical supplies/drugs, therapy, hearing evaluations, and special foods.

DENTAL—The health department operates a dental clinic for children by appointment. Services include cleaning, restoration, and dental education. In addition, dental hygienists provide dental sealants to children in Hamblen county schools.

PHYSICAL EXAMS AND FAMILY PLANNING —Women’s Health and Family Planning patients receive a complete physical exam, and all appropriate lab tests, including pap smear. Reproductive health education focuses on different birth control methods, and provides birth control based on sliding scale fee, if desired. Referrals for vasectomies are provided for men. Emergency Contraception is also available.

PRENATAL SERVICES —Urine pregnancy tests are available. If results are positive, patient is screened for presumptive eligibility for TennCare and related paperwork is completed.

BCS (BREAST & CERVICAL CANCER SCREEING PROGRAM) —The BCS Program provides clinical breast exams, pap smears, and mammograms for women 50-64 years of age, and women 40-49 years with abnormal breast exams who meet program guidelines.

The Communicable Disease Program focuses on: sexually transmitted disease services, tuberculosis (TB) services, HIV/AIDS services, and infectious disease control. Designated reportable infectious diseases are investigated and monitored by the health department. Appropriate intervention and follow up is done to ensure there is no disease outbreak. The health department provides preventive education, confidential testing, treatment, and partner notification for sexually transmitted disease. Patients diagnosed with tuberculosis receive medication and follow up care through the health department.

How do I get a certified birth certificate from the health department?

  • Must be a Tennessee birth from 1949 to the present
  • Provide identification and complete short application
  • Payment of $15

Birth certificates can also be obtained online at www.vitalcheck.com or www.tn.gov.  In addition, certified birth certificates can be obtained from the Mall Office of the Hamblen County Courthouse for  a cost of $20.

How do I get a certified death certificate from the health department?

  • Must be death occurring in Hamblen County
  • Provide identification and complete short application
  • Payment of $7
Environmentalists inspect food service establishments, motels, public swimming pools, schools, child care facilities, camps, and tattoo/body piercing businesses. Inspections monitor safety and sanitation standards, as well as compliance with the Non-Smoker Protection Act. Environmentalists also facilitate rabies vaccination clinics, and conduct rabies and West Nile virus investigations.
Dental Office: 318-8399

Environmental Office: 318-1539

Important Information

www.kidcentraltn.com
www.cdc.gov
www.tn.gov
hit.state.tn.us
www.getfit.tn.gov

Events

Healthy Kids Carnival – April 6, 2017
Healthy Kids Carnival 17
Healthy Kids Carnival spanish 17

Hamblen County Health Council meets the first Wednesday of each month (with exception of July) at 12:00 PM in Health Department conference room. Visitors welcome.

Flu Vaccines are still available. Contact the Hamblen County Health Department at 423-586-6431 for more information.

Great American Smokeout—November 19th
GASO 2015