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Alignment Nashville, the Mayor's Office of Children and Youth and the Metro Public Health Department, along with a number of community partners have set strategic goals for improving the social, emotional and physical well-being of children in Nashville. These goals address the needs of children in the following areas: healthy beginnings (pre- and post- natal care and outcomes);children's access to primary care; healthy eating and active living; adolescent sexual responsibility; and behavioral health/social-emotional learning.
The following are the key findings used to select the strategic goals for improving children's health; they were taken from the Metro Public Health Department's Strategic Plan (1) and the Children and Youth Master Plan for Metropolitan Nashville and Davidson County (2-11).
Mayor's Child and Youth Master Plan Taskforce (2010). Child and youth master plan for Metropolitan Nashville and Davidson County. http://www.nashville.gov/mocy/docs/masterplan/CympTaskforcePrint.pdf
Metro Public Health Department (2010). Strategic plan: executive overview.
Nashville Public Television's Children Health Crisis Overview provides information on Children's Health in Tennessee.
Nashville Public Television’s Children’s Health Crisis project is a three-year initiative built around a series of seven documentaries on the state of children’s health in Tennessee. The project launched in 2009 in response to the increased number of children facing risks from poor or non-existent prenatal care, the rising epidemic of childhood obesity, misinformation about vaccinations, mental health issues, and adolescent sexuality. View information on NPT's Children Health Crisis, including links to the six additional documentaries.
For more information on Children's Health in Nashville visit:
Mayor's Office of Children and Youth
Metro Public Health Department
Family, Infant, and Youth Division (FYI)
School Health Division
Vanderbilt Children's Health Improvement and Prevention