Elizabeth Hart, Associate Director of Communications and Media Relations
Tennessee Department of Health
Elizabeth Hart began working in radio at WJAB, 90.9 FM, in 2001 as a news reporter while pursuing her undergraduate degree at Alabama A&M University. A love for journalism and medicine led Hart to career in health communications beginning with a position as the Media Coordinator for the Indiana University School of Medicine followed by several years as the Director of Marketing for the Indiana State Department of Health. Hart took a brief break from public service to take on the role as the Director of Communications and Public Relations for Indiana Black Expo, Inc., a mid-size nonprofit which hosts two major fundraisers each year attracting more than 350,000 to downtown Indianapolis.
In October of 2012, Hart relocated to Memphis, TN to become the Public Information Officer for the Shelby County Health Department (SCHD) and became the Associate Director of Communications and Media Relations for the Tennessee Department of Health in 2017.
Hart’s dedication and love for the well-being of others has helped SCHD have great success with their public outreach by utilizing various forms of media to disseminate information about health threats such as influenza, Zika virus, severe heat and insect infestations. Hart has also been an integral part of public education campaigns to increase breastfeeding, prenatal care, proper sleeping positions for infants, workplace health initiatives and more. Hart has received national recognition for her use of social media in public health by the National Association of City and County Health Officials (NACCHO) as well as the National Public Health Information Coalition (NPHIC).
Hart is an active member of the National Association of Black Journalists, National Coalition of 100 Black Women, NACCHO and NPHIC. She is a former board member of the Indianapolis Urban League Young Professionals; a former board member of the Indiana Minority AIDS Coalition and a Girl Scouts Troop Leader.