Michael Railling

Health Department & Community Health Center Director

I graduated with a Bachelor of Science from TTU in 2003 and a Masters of Public Health from ETSU in 2015. I have been working for the Tennessee Department of Health for 15 years, and I am currently the Director of Cannon, DeKalb, and Smith County Health Departments. I serve on several boards including Smith County Board of Health, Upper Cumberland Primary Care Board, UCHRA Advisory Board, DeKalb County Community Advisory Board, St. Thomas PFAC Committee, Dekalb, Smith and Cannon Prevention Coalitions, and the White Plains Ownership Group Board of Directors. I have been a member of TPHA for over 10 years, and over that time I have served on numerous committees including scholarship, awards, fun and fitness, policy, and arrangements committees. I currently serve as the Middle Tennessee Board Representative. In addition, in 2017 I obtained my LEAN Six Sigma Black Belt from the Six Sigma Global Institute, and in 2019 I became Certified in Public Health by the National Board of Public Health Examiners.

Health Department 

MISSION: To protect, promote, and improve the health and prosperity of people in Tennessee

VISION: Healthy People, Healthy Communities, Healthy Tennessee

VALUES: Collaboration, Excellence, Integrity, Compassion, Respect

Frequently Asked Questions

What services does the Health Department offer?

EPSD&T Screening, Fluoride Varnish, Primary Prevention Initiatives (PPI), Health Education, Insurance Enrollment Assistance, Vital Records, Voter Registration, General Environmental Services, Primary Care, Communicable Disease Treatment, Immunizations, Family Planning, CHANT, Tennessee Breast and Cervical Cancer Program, Breastfeeding Support, Baby & Me Tobacco Free, Prenatal Services, and WIC.

What if I need to see a doctor and don’t have insurance?

Primary care services are offered on a sliding fee scale based on household size and income. There is a $5 nominal fee each visit. No one is turned away for inability to pay.


Business Hours

8 AM - 4:30 PM
8 AM - 4:30 PM
8 AM - 4:30 PM
8 AM - 4:30 PM
8 AM - 4:30 PM
All State Holidays


251 Joy Alford Way
Carthage, TN 37030

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