Robertson County Health Department
800 S. Brown Street
Springfield, TN 37172
Hours: Monday-Friday 8:00-4:30
Vanessa Watkins, Director
The Mission of the Tennessee Department of Health is to protect, promote, and improve the health and prosperity of people in Tennessee. The county health department provides a variety of basic health services, both to keep you healthy, and if you are sick, to get you well. Listed below are some of the services we offer.
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 make referrals for medical/dental services to be sure all children are as healthy as they can be.
Children’s Special Services (CSS)
This service assists with medical treatment for children to age 21, when they have special medical needs and the family is financially unable to provide for necessary care. This service may also include speech and hearing screenings.
Patients receive a complete physical exam and all appropriate lab tests, and are taught about birth control methods and supplied with their chosen method (unless there is a medical reason that would be dangerous). Many infections and other contraceptive problems can also be treated.
Food and General Sanitation
Environmental specialists are responsible for inspecting food service establishments, hotel/motels, public swimming pools, bed and breakfast, child care facilities and school plants. The division is also responsible for planning and promoting the rabies vaccination clinic and investigating animal bites.
A health educator is available to provide educational services to patients, schools and community groups upon request.
HUGS (Help Us Grow Successfully) Program
Home visits are made by a public health nurse to families whose infants may be at risk for medical or developmental problems. This follow-up begins during the prenatal period. Teen mothers and their infants are given highest priority.
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.
Motor Voter Program
Voter registration forms will be available and assistance in completing the forms will be provided.
A nutritionist is available to teach individuals or groups proper nutrition for every day living. Registered dietitians counsel individuals with special dietary needs such as hypertension, diabetes and weight management.
Pregnancy testing and referral are available. Prenatal care is available in some health departments. Please ask us which services we offer.
Medical staff are available for diagnosing and treating acute and chronic illnesses. They also provide routine physicals for all ages. These may include pap smears, colo-rectal and other tests to screen for cancer. Special health counseling is provided as needed. We participate in TennCare and other insurance programs.
Birth and death information is collected and sent to the State’s Office of Vital Records. Copies of death certificates are issued upon request. Certified copies of birth certificates for persons born in Tennessee 1949 or after may be requested through the health department.
806 S. Brown Street
Springfield, TN 37172
Dental Services are provided to uninsured children and those with TennCare, under the age of 21. Adults are only seen in cases of emergency.
Sexually Transmitted Disease Control
The health department provides confidential testing and treatment for sexually transmitted diseases, including HIV/AIDS.
Diagnosis, treatment, and follow-up of the tuberculosis patient and contacts are provided. Medication, when needed, is available at the health department.
Robertson County WIC clinic
900 S. Brown Street
Springfield, TN 37172
Women, Infants and Children (WIC) Nutrition Program
Vouchers to buy nutritious foods (cheese, milk, cereals, etc.) are issued to women who are pregnant or breast feeding and children under five years of age who are at risk of poor growth, if they meet income guidelines. Breast feeding classes and support are available to all new mothers.