Health Department

Macon County Health Department
601 Highway 52 Bypass East
Lafayette, TN 37083
(615) 666-2142 (Voice)

Normal Office Hours: 
Monday through Friday: 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Vital Records Hours: Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Closed on most federal holidays except Columbus Day.

Upper Cumberland TN Regional Medical Reserve Corps Volunteers Needed.

Application Form

Mission Statement: To protect, promote and improve the health and prosperity of people in Tennessee.

Vision Statement: A recongnized and trusted leader, partnering and engaging to accelerate Tennessee to one of the nation's ten healthiest states.

The Macon County Health Department has a wide variety of services available.  Many services are available to the general public, and fees are based on the person's ability to pay.  No one will be denied service because of an inability to pay.

Some services are available only to low-income families, and certain eligibility requirements must be met.

For individuals with health insurance, the Health Department can bill the insurance company for services provided.

All services are by appointment.  Please call (615) 666-2142 to schedule an appointment or to ask questions about available services.

General Services
Women, Infants and Children (WIC)
WIC cards to buy nutritious foods (such as cheese, milk and cereals) are issued to women who are pregnant of breast feeding and to children under five years of age who are at risk for poor growth. Recipients must meet certain income guidelines.

Child Health
We are able to perform well-child checkups, physical exams, screening tests and immunizations (shots). The Health Department strongly recommends regular checkups and makes referrals for medical/dental services to make sure all children are as healthy as possible.

Immunizations (Shots) for Children
We provide childhood immunizations against polio, diphtheria, whooping cough, tetanus (lockjaw), measles, mumps, rubella (German Measles), meningitis, hepatitis B, and chicken pox.

Immunizations (Shots) for Adults
Adults may receive flu shots, pneumonia immunizations, tetanus boosters and diphtheria boosters.

Primary Care
A nurse practitioner is available to diagnose and treat minor illnesses. She can also provide diagnostic testing such as pap smears and blood pressure checks.  The nurse practitioner can write prescriptions and order tests such as x-rays at the local hospital. 

Physical Exams
Physical Exams are available for both children and adults. These could be regular, annual exams, pre-employment screening, yearly physicals as required by law for certain occupations, etc.

Family Planning
Physical exams for women who are pregnant or think they might be are available. Patients may request counseling about birth control and the different methods that are available. The Health Department will recommend/prescribe contraceptives. This is a confidential service; parental permission is not required.

STD Control
The Health Department provides confidential counseling, testing, treatment, referral and partner/spouse notification for sexually transmitted diseases (STDs). Confidential testing and counseling for HIV/AIDS is also available.

Services for Teens
Teenagers have special needs, and the Health Department can help.  Assistance is available with things such as: birth control, pregnancy testing, sexually transmitted diseases, etc.  All information is confidential.  Parental consent is not required.  Teens from rich families, middle-income families and poor families are welcome.

TB Control
Diagnosis, treatment and follow-up services are provided for patients with tuberculosis (TB) and their contacts. Skin testing is available. Medication is also available.

A nutritionist is on staff to teach individuals and groups about proper nutrition. This service is especially helpful for WIC recipients, people with diabetes, people with heart disease, etc.  The nutritionist is available on Tuesdays.

Tennessee Home Visiting Program

Prenatal Care
Pregnancy testing, eligibility screening for TennCare and referral for prenatal care are available.

Community Health Access and Navigation in Tennessee (CHANT)
The Tennessee Department of Health recently streamlined three public health programs, Help Us Grow
Successfully (HUGS), Children's Special Services (CSS) and Tenncare Kids Community Outreach into one integrated model of care coordination, CHANT, CHANT teams provide enhanced patient-centered engagement, navigation of medical and social referrals, and impact pregnancy, child and maternal health outcomes.

Vital Records
Birth Certificates

Certified copies of birth certificates may be obtained at the Health Department from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. 

Death Certificates

Certified copies of death certificates may be obtained at the Health Department from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Health Education
Health Education Services

A health educator is available to provide educational services to individuals, schools and community groups upon request.

Environmental Services

Restaurant Inspections

A Health Department inspector regularly conducts inspections of restaurants, hotels, motels, public swimming pools, child care facilities, tattoo parlors, camps and schools.

Rabies Control

A Health Department inspector is responsible for planning and promoting the rabies vaccination clinic. He/she also investigates animal bites.

Infectious Disease Control
Infectious Diseases

The Health Department collects and provides information on diseases in the community, investigates serious diseases and monitors outbreaks (meningitis, e-coli, etc). The goal is to keep the community safe through early detection and control of the disease.

What information should I bring with me on my first visit to the Macon County Health Department?

In general this is what you'll need:

Proof of your identity (driver's license, etc).

Proof of income (your check stub or last year's tax return).  Note: this is usually not necessary for teenagers seeking help.

Proof of residency (a power bill, phone bill, etc.)  Note: this is usually not necessary for teenagers seeking help.

If you a bringing in a child, proof of the child's identity.

If you have health insurance, your insurance card.

For more information on State Health programs, please visit the  State of Tennessee Department of Health web site

Medical_Reserve_CorpsThe Upper Cumberland TN Regional Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) was created in September 2007 to serve the counties in the Upper Cumberland Public Health Region. The unit recruits, maintains and trains volunteers to assist in responding to a public health emergency situation. 

The MRC’s main goal is to provide staffing for Tennessee Department of Health’s Point of Dispensing (POD) sites. POD sites have been established throughout the Upper Cumberland Region to respond to any type of public health disease and/or disaster that requires vaccinations or dispensing of medications. The Upper Cumberland Public Health Region covers Cannon, Clay, Cumberland, DeKalb, Fentress, Jackson, Macon, Overton, Pickett, Putnam, Smith, Van Buren, Warren, and White counties. 

In order to be able to operate these PODs successfully, volunteers with medical and non-medical backgrounds are needed to serve in various capacities. Volunteers with a medical background that are needed include physicians, nurses, pharmacists, dentists, veterinarians, and mental health professionals. Non-Medical volunteers needed include office workers, teachers, interpreters, pastors, and others that may assist with patient registration, clerical duties, and crowd control. 

Volunteers will receive newsletters updating them on the unit’s activities, training and exercise information. During a public health emergency, MRC members and their immediate household will receive the vaccination or medication prior to the POD being open to the general public.

If you are interested in joining the MRC, please complete the MRC Application and send it to Dawn Hickey, MRC Coordinator at the Upper Cumberland Regional Health Office at 200 West 10th Street, Cookeville, TN 38501.

Matt Tuck County Director - Copy
Kelly Ritter Office Assistant - Copy
Lisa Dennis Office Assistant - Copy
Carmen Santos Office Assistant - Copy
Lenore Wix Nurse Practitioner - Copy
Brenda Thomas Nurse Supervisor - Copy
Sagan Harrell LPN - Copy
Halee Porter Health Educator - Copy
Ashlyn Carlisle Nutritionist - Copy
April Zachary Interpreter - Copy