All of us at the Memphis and Shelby County Health Department believe that we can make a difference as we strive to become the healthiest and safest community in Tennessee. Our mission is to promote, protect, and improve the health and environment of all Shelby County residents.
Unlike the personal health care system, which focuses on individuals, our focus is on the health of all people in this community. We place special emphasis on:
- Environmental health (such as quality air and water)
- Health education
- Maternal and child health
- School health
- And a variety of programs, such as the Healthy Start Initiative
The Division of Health Services serves both the City of Memphis and Shelby County government to promote public health practices that safeguard and improve the quality of life for approximately 900,000 residents of Shelby County.