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A group of talented, diverse youth brought together to form a board to advise the Tobacco Prevention Program on youth related topics and issues. The council is a group of youth who are committed to being ambassadors for this organization. These ambassadors will engage their community, show leadership, and work together to accomplish the goals of the tobacco prevention program.
For the upcoming semester, the youth council will organize one event his/her school or community for Red Ribbon Week: Oct. 23-31, 2018; Kick Butts Day on March 20th, 2019; participate in World No Tobacco Day Community Fair on May 31st; and attend the summer conference for TNSTRONG “Tennessee Stop Tobacco and Revolutionize Our New Generation” (TBA). They will appear in our countywide advertisements, which include commercials, Youtube videos, billboards, social media posts, as well as provide much of the content for our social media accounts.
The council will not require any more time than other clubs at any given school. Students will meet one Saturday a month throughout the time he or serves on the council. These meeting will last generally 1-2 hours.
It is ideal that the students have a mobile phone as well as an Instagram account. This will enable them to communicate with each other outside the meetings and make posts on the social media pages for #WeDontPuff events and activities.
Call the Shelby County Health Department at 901-222-9276.
Lead is a naturally occurring element found in small amounts in the earth's crust. While it has some beneficial uses, it can be toxic to humans and animals, causing health effects.
Lead poisoning is a disease that can cause serious health problems, such as brain and kidney damage, coma, and even death. You should be concerned if your child tests at even a low level; any lead level in the blood is a concern. Even small blood lead levels can lead to learning problems and hyperactivity.
Lead can be found in many products and locations. Some you might never have thought of, including some imported candies, toys, and traditional medicines. The most common cause of lead poisoning is in homes built before 1978 (when lead-based paints were banned), probably containing lead-based paint. When the paint peels and cracks, it makes lead dust. Children can be poisoned when they swallow or breathe in lead dust. However, some non-paint sources, though less common, can cause severe cases of lead poisoning and can be dangerous if not managed properly.
Lead can be found throughout a child's environment.
Many children with lead poisoning have no symptoms. But even low-level lead exposure can lead to learning and behavior problems, like trouble paying attention. Symptoms of lead poisoning include:
Note, very high lead levels can cause confusion, seizures, coma, and even death.
Lead is toxic to everyone, but children younger than six years are at the most significant risk because their growing bodies absorb more information than adults do. Children's brains and nervous systems are more sensitive to the damaging effects of lead. Babies and young children can also be more highly exposed to lead because they often put their hands and other objects with lead from dust or soil on them into their mouths. Children may also be exposed to lead by eating and drinking food or water containing lead or from dishes or glasses that have lead, inhaling lead dust from lead-based paint or lead-contaminated soil, or from playing with toys with lead-based paint.
Adults may be exposed to lead by eating and drinking food or water containing lead or from dishes or glasses that have lead. They may also breathe lead dust by spending time in areas where lead-based paint is deteriorating. During renovation or repair work, it disturbs painted surfaces in older homes and buildings. Working in a job or engaging in hobbies where lead is used, such as making stained glass, can increase exposure, as can specific folk remedies containing lead. A pregnant woman's exposure to lead from these sources is of particular concern because it can result in exposure to her developing baby.
Lead can affect almost every organ and system in your body. Children six years old and younger are most susceptible to the effects of lead.
Even low levels of lead in the blood of children can result in:
In rare cases, ingestion of lead can cause seizures, coma, and even death.
Lead can accumulate in our bodies over time, where it is stored in bones and calcium. During pregnancy, lead is released from the mother's bones and calcium and can pass from the mother exposing the fetus or the breastfeeding infant to lead. This can result in severe effects to the developing fetus and infant, including:
Check out the websites below for more about lead's effects on pregnancy and lactating women:
Effects of Workplace Hazards on Female Reproductive Health, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health.
Guidelines for the Identification and Management of Lead Exposure in Pregnant and lactating Women, National Center for Environmental Health. https://www.cdc.gov/nceh/lead/publications/leadandpregnancy2010.pdf
Lead is also harmful to other adults. Adults exposed to lead can suffer from:
If you are concerned that your child might be at risk for lead poisoning, talk with your doctor, your child's pediatrician, or contact the Shelby County Health Department Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Program (CLPPP) at 901-222-9582 or by email at email@example.com for information on screening and testing for lead poisoning.
(NOTE: Here is a video demonstrating the testing procedure: https://youtu.be/O0JSKqzfc9k.)
Free lead testing is available at all Shelby County Health Department clinics between 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
The list of Shelby County public health clinics and their addresses is below:
Cawthon Public Health Clinic
1000 Haynes, 38114
Collierville Public Health Clinic
(Tues. & Thurs. only)
167 Washington St., 38017
Hickory Hill Public Health Clinic
6590 Kirby Center Cove, 38118
814 Jefferson, Rm. 216, 38105
Millington Public Health Clinic
8225 Highway 51 North, 38053
Shelby Crossing Public Health Clinic
6170 Macon Road, 38133
Southland Mall Public Health Clinic
1287 Southland Mall, 38116
No appointment or proof of health insurance is required, but a parent or legal guardian must accompany the child.
For determining whether lead-based paint is present in pre-1978 homes and buildings, or for assistance with lead poisoning prevention, including information on grants to remove lead-based paint hazards from lead in paint, dust, or soil, please get in contact with the Shelby County Department of Housing at 901-222-7600 and City of Memphis Housing and Community Development at 901-636-LEAD (5323) for information on conducting a risk assessment to determine if there are lead hazards. CALL TODAY TO SEE IF YOU QUALIFY FOR A LEAD-BASED PAINT HOME INSPECTION AT NO COST TO YOU (click attachment Lead-Safe Program Flyer.pdf!!)
Lead poisoning is preventable. The goal is to prevent lead exposure to children before they are harmed. There are many ways parents can reduce a child's exposure to lead. The key is stopping children from coming into contact with lead. Lead hazards in a child's environment must be identified, controlled, or removed safely.
For healthy eating tips, please click the link from U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Fight Lead Poisoning with a Healthy Diet: Lead Poisoning Prevention Tips for Families https://www.epa.gov/sites/default/files/2020-01/documents/fight_lead_poisoning_with_a_healthy_diet_2019.pdf
WIC participants must be present at each certification.
For 50 seats or less it is $210 per year.
For 51 seats or more is $360 per year.
Bar fee is $100.
For restaurant scores please visit the Tennessee Department of Health.
Based on available data, EPA does not expect EtO levels in the outdoor air around facilities like Sterilization Services of Tennessee to be high enough to cause immediate health effects (these are known as "acute” effects). Short-term inhalation exposure to high amounts of EtO can cause headache, dizziness, nausea, fatigue, respiratory irritation (such as coughing, shortness of breath, wheezing) and, in some cases, vomiting and other types of gastrointestinal distress. Those effects do not usually occur with exposure to “fugitive emissions,” the amounts that typically escape facilities like Sterilization Services of Tennessee.
Yes, it is possible. Tennessee Cancer Registry data is linked to the address where a cancer patient resided at the time of diagnosis. If the patient moved away from the risk area before diagnosis, they would not be geographically linked to the area surrounding Sterilization Services of Tennessee.
There is no evidence that exposure to lead or other chemicals makes individuals more vulnerable to ethylene oxide. EtO is carcinogenic to humans by inhalation (when breathed in air). EtO is not believed to be absorbed readily by water and soil. However, lead does linger in water and soil. Children whose brains and nervous systems are still developing are most vulnerable to lead exposure. Shelby County Health Department’s Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Program provides services to the community to increase awareness of the hazards of lead exposure, reduce lead exposure, and increase the number of children screened and tested for lead poisoning. If you have concerns about lead exposure in your home or environment, contact the Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Program at 901-222-9582.
Scientific evidence in humans indicates that regular exposure to EtO over many years increases the risk of cancers of the white blood cells, including non-Hodgkin lymphoma, myeloma, and lymphocytic leukemia. Studies also show that long-term exposure to EtO increases the risk of breast cancer in women. There is not strong evidence to link EtO exposure to other types of cancer.
The Biden Administration recently signed an executive order to further embed environmental justice into the work of all federal environmental agencies, bring clean energy and healthy environments to all, and recognize, undo, and mitigate harm to those who have suffered from toxic pollution and other environmental burdens like climate change. The Biden Administration has also established a White House Environmental Justice Advisory Council to ensure that environmental injustices and inequities in communities like South Memphis are addressed.
When the Sterilization Services of Tennessee facility began using EtO decades ago, the health risks posed by EtO exposure were not well understood. As more studies were done and data became available, EPA began the process of updating regulations regarding EtO. This process began in 2022 and the proposed revised regulations were released by EPA on April 11, 2023.
SCHD refers residents to cancer screening programs such as the Tennessee Breast and Cervical Screening Program and federally qualified health centers that provide care on a sliding fee scale.
No, the company has not committed to taking any action before the revised EPA standards go into effect in 18 months.
Sterilization Services of Tennessee complies with all current federal, state, and local regulations. The Clean Air Act does not currently allow Sterilization Services of Tennessee to be held to legal standards higher than existing ones. The EPA is now in the process of updating Clean Air Act regulations to reduce allowable EtO emissions to better protect communities like South Memphis. As required by law, SCHD will ensure that the revised federal regulations regarding EtO are enforced as quickly as possible in Shelby County.
As required by law, SCHD will ensure that the revised federal regulations regarding EtO are enforced as quickly as possible in Shelby County.
Shelby County Health Department was unable to find a location within the risk area that provided the necessary space and the audio/visual capabilities required to hold a hybrid live/virtual meeting.
Shelby County Health Department has no information about any pending lawsuits regarding EtO.
The cancer cluster study requested by Shelby County Health Department has been completed. SCHD has also requested a Public Health Assessment (PHA) and a Health Consultation (HC) from the federal Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) to identify health risks related the usage of Ethylene Oxide (EtO) and other chemicals in the area surrounding the Sterilization Services facility. Those studies have not yet begun.
Those diagnosed with cancer should comply with all their physician’s recommended treatment guidelines.
A federally funded program called the Tennessee Breast and Cervical Screening Program provides screenings, diagnostic and other procedures for under-insured and uninsured Tennessee residents specifically for breast and cervical cancers. Federally qualified health centers provide recommended screenings and treatment options for other cancers.
The Health Department does not provide primary health care, however, we strongly encourage that everyone have a primary care provider who manages their health care. A primary care provider can recommend appropriate cancer screenings for persons exposed to EtO. Un- and under-insured persons can receive affordable health care at Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs). To find an FQHC near you, go to https://findahealthcenter.hrsa.gov/ and enter your address. There are 23 FQHCs in and near Memphis, TN.
Under the proposal, facilities would be required to comply with these new requirements within 18 months. This represents an expedited timeline under EPA authority. The Sterilization Services of Tennessee management has not indicated it will make any voluntary changes in emissions before the new requirements go into effect 18 months from now.
Shelby County Health Department offers cancer screening programs for uninsured and underinsured individuals.
We work in conjunction with hospital systems, health care providers, and community organizations to make health screenings and preventive care available throughout the community.
The Shelby County Health Department is a division of Shelby County Government. We work for the people and answer to the representatives of the people, the elected Mayor and Commissioners of Shelby County. We strive to be responsive and accountable to the community at all times.
The standard for EtO has not been changed since it was established in the 1970s.
EtO is a human carcinogen. It causes cancer in humans. Scientific evidence in humans indicates that regular exposure to EtO over many years increases the risk of cancers of the white blood cells, including non-Hodgkin lymphoma, myeloma, and lymphocytic leukemia. Studies also show that long-term exposure to EtO increases the risk of breast cancer in women.
Workers who use EtO as a part of their jobs and people who work, live, or go to school or daycare near facilities that use EtO may breathe in EtO at levels that can increase cancer risk. This risk is not the same for everyone and depends on how long a person is exposed over the course of their lifetime or career, as well as how much EtO is actually in the air. The distance from a facility or other EtO source plays a big role in how much EtO might be in the air.
Because children’s bodies are growing, they are expected to be more susceptible to the toxic effects caused by EtO. This is because EtO is mutagenic, meaning it can damage DNA. As children grow, they tend to be more susceptible to the harmful effects caused by chemicals, including chemicals that are mutagenic. For anyone, including children, risks would decrease with decreased exposure.
No. Cluster studies are done to combine the science of what is known about cancer with geographic analysis – proximity to the facility within constraints.
Shelby County Health Department cannot place an air monitoring station on our own without the permission of the EPA.
Ethylene oxide is hard to measure; very heavy gas emitted; immediately falls to the ground and is difficult to test for.
The Sterilization Services has not issued any statements about their plans for the Memphis facility.
The Shelby County Health Department's authority is limited, but specific. SCHD cannot ask this industry to move somewhere else. The industry is not only regulated by the Shelby County Health Department, but also Codes Enforcement, Zoning, etc. The facility meets the current EPA standard, meaning that the operation meets the local, state, and federal compliance regulations. Local, state, and federal authorities cannot hold the facility to a higher standard than the current law allows.
Email FIMRinfo@shelbycountytn.gov to complete a 15 minute Safe Sleep application.
Yes. You may have two cribs to support your twins.
No. Car seat distribution is handled by Presumptive Eligibility. Their contact information is 222 - 9276. Please allow them 24 - 48 hours to return your phone call.
The wait time for results is typically 5 working days.
Mpox (monkeypox) is a rare disease caused by infection with the mpox virus. The virus is part of the same family of viruses as the variola virus, which causes smallpox. Mpox symptoms are similar to smallpox symptoms but milder, and mpox is rarely fatal. It is not related to chickenpox.
Infections with the mpox virus identified in this outbreak are rarely fatal. Over 99% of people who get this form of the disease are likely to survive. However, people with weakened immune systems, children under eight years of age, people with a history of eczema, and people who are pregnant or breastfeeding may be more likely to get seriously ill or die. Contact your primary care physician or provider if you are experiencing symptoms or have a rash.
Anyone in close contact with a person with mpox is at risk and should take steps to protect themselves. People who do not have mpox symptoms cannot spread the virus to others.
Current cases are primarily spreading through sex and other intimate contact among social networks of gay, bisexual and other men who have sex with men (MSM); transgender people; gender-nonconforming people; and nonbinary people. People in these social circles who have multiple or anonymous sex partners are also at a high risk of exposure.
Mpox is not considered a sexually transmitted disease, but it is often transmitted through close, sustained physical contact, which can include sexual contact. Anyone, regardless of their sexual orientation can get and spread mpox.
Symptoms of mpox can include: fever, headache, muscle aches and backache, swollen lymph nodes, chills, exhaustion, respiratory symptoms (e.g. sore throat, nasal congestion, or cough) and a pimple-like rash that may be located on or near the genitals or anus but could also be on other areas like the hands, feet, chest, face, or mouth. The rash will go through several stages, including scabs, before healing. Sometimes, people get a rash first, followed by other symptoms. Others only experience a rash.
Mpox symptoms usually start within 3 weeks of exposure to the virus. If someone has flu-like symptoms, they will usually develop a rash 1-4 days later.
Mpox spreads in different ways. The virus can spread from person-to-person through direct contact with the infectious rash, scabs, or body fluids. It also can be spread by respiratory secretions during prolonged, face-to-face contact, or during intimate physical contact, such as kissing, cuddling, or sex. In addition, pregnant people can spread the virus to their fetus through the placenta.
Mpox is transmitted to humans through close contact with an infected person or animal, or with close contact with materials contaminated by the virus.
Touching items that previously touched the infectious rash or body fluids, including clothing, towels, or bedding is another way mpox spreads. It’s also possible for people to get mpox from infected animals, either by being scratched or bitten by the animal or by eating meat or using products from an infected animal.
Tennessee Department of Health (TDH) is directing the distribution of all JYNNEOS monkeypox vaccine in Tennessee. The vaccine is distributed to regional and county health departments only on an as-needed basis and currently can only be given to the following:
1. Individuals with a known contact/exposure to monkeypox identified through public health interviews during the prior 14 days
2. Individuals who might have been exposed to mpox in the past 14 days, including if they:
3. Gay, bisexual, or other men who have sex with men (MSM), and/or transgender, gender-nonconforming or gender non-binary individuals who report any of the following in the last 90 days:
Shelby County Health Department has received a limited supply of Jynneos vaccine to those who meet the criteria listed above. It is offered at the 814 Jefferson Avenue location.
There are no treatments specifically for mpox virus infections. However, because of genetic similarities in the viruses, antiviral drugs and vaccines used to protect against smallpox may be used to prevent and treat mpox infections. TPOXX is an antiviral drug that may be recommended for people who are more likely to get severely ill. JYNNEOSTM is a vaccine, which has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for the prevention of mpox. Most people with mpox recover fully within 2 to 4 weeks without the need for medical treatment. If you have symptoms of monkeypox, you should talk to your healthcare provider
If you have signs of a severe allergic reaction (such as hives, swelling of the face or throat, difficulty breathing, a fast heartbeat, or dizziness), call 911 immediately or go to the nearest hospital. For other concerns, contact a health care provider.
Adverse reactions should also be reported to the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS). Your health care provider will usually file this report. Visit: https://vaers.hhs.gov/ or call 800-822-7967. VAERS is only for reporting reactions, and VAERS staff members do not give medical advice.
If you think that you need to be tested for mpox, you should talk with your doctor, nurse or medical provider about your symptoms. All primary care physicians and other medical providers should be able to evaluate patients for suspected monkeypox and collect a specimen for testing if indicated. A direct swab of a suspected mpox lesion is the only reliable way to test for the disease. That means if you don’t have a rash/lesions, you cannot be tested.
Talk to your health care provider if you think you have been exposed to mpox or are at high risk for exposure.
Currently we are accepting cash only.
A one gallon sharps container and disposal service.
No, currently the only drop off location is at 814 Jefferson.
A maximum of two (2) containers per customer can be purchased per year.
Disposing of your needles and sharps the wrong way can cause needle sticks and injury that may result in transmission of disease.
The general public can be at direct risk to injuries from sharps. If these hazardous materials are not separated from standard waste, individuals can unknowingly come in contact with them. In addition, if sharps waste is not disposed, and removed from the environment, then it can be subject to reuse and misuse (both intentional and unintentional).
Monday-Friday, 8:00 a.m.-4:30 p. m.
Annual Permit / Permit Application Fee - $65
Name Change - $130
Ownership / Name Change - $130 + Annual Permit Fee ($65) = $195
Modification Fee - $130
New Construction Fee - $265 + Annual Permit Fee ($65) = $330
The station owner or operator must apply for and receive an operating permit no later than Ninety (90) days after initial start-up.
If your station is subject to permitting and the Compliance Status form along with the Application form has not been received, the Department may consider enforcement action for operating without a permit.
Call the Shelby County Health Department at 901-545-8720 or 901-545-8710.