Member Spotlight | Introducing Ingrid Long, RN

TPHA Board Member representing the Nursing Section

My name is Ingrid Long; I have been working for the Tennessee Department of Health since 2004. During my tenurePhoto of Ingrid Long with TDH, I have worked in various capacities including clinical staff nurse and Nursing Supervisor at the Grundy County Health Department, and I was recently promoted Nursing Director for the Southeast Region. In addition, I am a member of the STaRT Committee (Staff Training and Resource Team) for the state of Tennessee which promotes workforce excellence through staff development activities that focus on enhancing training, skills and performance of public health nurses. I have been a member of the Tennessee Public Health Association for the past 12 years. I am also an active member of the Nursing Section. I value my TPHA membership and the opportunities that have been provided to me through my allegiance with TPHA members and colleagues. I believe this will serve me well as a board representative for TPHA.

I received my Associates of Nursing degree from Chattanooga State Community College in 1995. I have taken additional Public Health education courses through East Tennessee State University. Prior to working for TDH, I was employed as an Emergency Room nurse for Memorial Hospital in Chattanooga, Tennessee, and worked at the Chattanooga Heart Institute for three years.

I enjoy spending quality time with my husband Steve, our children, and our three grandchildren. We manage a small cattle farm in the mountains adjacent to the beautiful Sequatchie Valley. I also enjoy leading the Ladies Ministry Class at Whitwell Church of Christ, Bible journaling, reading novels based on history and gardening, canning, and assisting husband with taking care of cattle. My husband and I enjoy attending our grandchildren’s sports activities. My two grandsons participate in Baseball, Football and Basketball. Our granddaughter has recently mastered walking, so we stay active trying to keep one step ahead.

Being able to enjoy and be actively involved in promoting physical, spiritual and emotional well-being for one’s self, family, friends, co-workers and neighbors is what Public Health is all about!