Healthy Development Coordinators

Healthy Development Coordinator Overview

Who They Are

The Office of Primary Prevention works alongside the Division of Community Health Services to provide training and support for seven regionally-based staff who serve as liaisons between the health and planning worlds. These Healthy Development Coordinators (HDCs) add capacity and support for health-promoting policies, systems, and environments across the state. Each HDC works with stakeholders across their respective region towards the creation of healthier and more livable communities. Generally, the HDCs conduct built environment assessments and develop built enviornment asset inventories, provide assistance with grant writing, manage Health Department-funded built environment grants, provide community presentations on the intersection of health and the built environment, provide input on regional land use and transportation plans, and help conduct evaluation of built environment grant projects. If you are looking for project assistance or have questions on health-promoting built environments, please reach out to the HDC for your region. Please click on the report to the right to learn more about the HDC positions and see examples of their work.

Contact Your HDC


Tim King, MS

West Region HDC

tim.king@tn.gov, 731-886-1545

Counties Served: Benton, Carroll, Chester, Crockett, Decatur, Dyer, Fayette, Gibson, Hardeman, Hardin, Haywood, Henderson, Henry, Lake, Lauderdale, McNairy, Obion, Tipton, Weakley

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Shay Smith, MPH

South Central HDC

shay.l.smith@tn.gov, 931-490-8373

Counties Served: Bedford, Coffee, Giles, Hickman, Lawrence, Lewis, Lincoln, Marshall, Maury, Moore, Perry, Wayne

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Sara Cox, MS

Mid Cumberland Region HDC

sara.m.cox@tn.gov, 615-253-4736

Counties Served: Cheatham, Dickson, Houston, Humphreys, Montgomery, Robertson, Rutherford, Stewart, Sumner, Trousdale, Williamson, Wilson

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John Copeland

Upper Cumberland Region HDC

john.copeland@tn.gov, 615-253-7275

Counties Served: Cannon, Clay, Cumberland, Dekalb, Fentress, Jackson, Macon, Overton, Pickett, Putnam, Smith, Van Buren, Warren, White

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Kelly Ware, MPH, CHES

Southeast Region HDC

kelly.ware@tn.gov, 423-634-5841

Counties Served: Bledsoe, Bradley, Franklin, Grundy, Marion, McMinn, Meigs, Polk, Rhea, Sequatchie

Coming soon!


Coming soon!

East Region HDC

We are awaiting this position to be filled.  In the meantime, please contact Shannon Velasquez (shannon.velasquez@tn.gov, 615-253-7927) with any HDC-related questions in this region. 

Counties Served: Anderson, Blount, Campbell, Claiborne, Cocke, Grainger, Hamblen, Jefferson, Loudon, Monroe, Morgan, Roane, Scott, Sevier, Union

Coming soon!

Ada Sloop, MPH

Northeast Region HDC

ada.sloop@tn.gov, 423-979-4648

Counties Served: Carter, Greene, Hancock, Hawkins, Johnson, Unicoi, Washington