Public Health Director Biography


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Gary J. Anthone, M.D.
Charity Menefee
Director, Division of Public Health

Charity Menefee is the Director of the Division of Public Health for the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS).

As director, she oversees the day-to-day operations of the division and is responsible for preventive and community health programs, including epidemiology, informatics and vital statistics, regulation and licensure of health-related professions and occupations and the regulation and licensure of healthcare facilities and services.

Before joining DHHS as the Division of Public Health's Director of Operations in July of 2021, Charity served at the Knox County Health Department (KCHD) in Knoxville, TN. for more than 21 years in various roles of increasing responsibility, including director of communicable and environmental disease and emergency preparedness, disease investigator, public information officer and regional hospital coordinator. 

She is also a lieutenant colonel in the Tennessee Air National Guard, where she has served for 22 years and is currently a public health officer for the 134th Medical Group.

Menefee holds a master's degree in security studies from the Naval Postgraduate School's Center for Homeland Defense and Security.​


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