Programs & Services

South Health District provides programs and services to protect the health and well being of everyone in the counties of Ben Hill, Berrien, Brooks, Cook, Echols, Irwin, Lanier, Lowndes, Tift and Turner. These include disease and injury prevention, environmental protection, health monitoring, health promotion, health care access, and emergency preparedness and response. We invite you to take a few minutes to explore all the offerings of public health in your community.

  • 1st Care

    1st Care services are designed to assist families with premature or low birth weight infants after the infant is discharged from the hospital.

  • Presumptive Eligibility Pregnancy Medicaid

    Are you pregnant and in need of health care? You may be eligible for Medicaid right now. The goal of the Georgia Department of Public Health’s Presumptive Eligibility (PE) program […]

  • Adolescent Health & Youth Development

    Adolescent Health & Youth Development provides financial, educational and instructional support for youth related activities.

  • Adult Health Promotion Clinic

    South Health District’s HIV Program provides comprehensive outpatient primary care (including nutritional services and oral health) and case management to persons with HIV/AIDS through our Adult Health Promotion Clinic (AHPC). […]

  • Babies Can’t Wait

    Georgia’s early intervention program which serves children who have significant developmental delays or children who may be at risk for delays due to a diagnosed medical condition.

  • Baby LUV/PAT GA Strong Families Healthy Start

    The mission of the Baby LUV/PAT/Healthy Start program is to prevent premature births and infant deaths by providing education and case management to high risk pregnant women.

  • Birth & Death Certificates

    Using the Vital Event Information System, all County Vital Records Offices now have the ability of issuing birth and death records for anyone born or who died in Georgia since 1919.

  • Birth Control

    If you do not want to get pregnant, not having sex is the best protection. If you do have sex, birth control – or contraception – can be used to […]

  • Breast and Cervical Cancer Program (BCCP)

    BCCP provides screening to detect early cancer and pre-cancers of the breast and cervix for uninsured or under insured women.

  • Car Seat Program

    Providing needy families that fall under the low income status a child safety seat with the mission to reduce the infant mortality rate.

  • Children 1st

    Children 1st’s mission is the ensure early identification of children considered to be at risk for poor health or development and connect them to a primary healthcare provider.

  • Children’s Medical Services

    CMS provides medical care for disabling conditions or chronic disease in children from birth to age 21.

  • Chronic Disease Prevention & Health Promotion

    Helping to improve the health of South Georgia through awareness of chronic disease and healthy lifestyle changes.

  • COVID-19

    Over-The-Counter COVID-19 Test Kits South Health District is now offering over-the-counter (OTC) at-home COVID-19 test kits at all county health departments. At-home test kits are rapid antigen tests and offer […]

  • Disease Control & Prevention

    Reporting notifiable conditions enabling appropriate public health follow-up, identifying outbreaks, and providing a better understanding of disease trends.

  • Early Hearing Detection and Intervention

    Maintains and supports a comprehensive, coordinated statewide screening and referral system to ensure that all Georgia newborns are screened for hearing loss at birth before discharge from the hospital.

  • Educational Material

    Flyers, handouts, and posters available.

  • Emergency Preparedness

    The mission of the Emergency Preparedness and Response program is to assure the health and well being of the individuals and communities in the State of Georgia by preparing for, responding to and recovering from events of public health significance.

  • Environmental Services

    The mission of Environmental Health Services is to identify, prevent and abate environmental conditions that can adversely impact human health.

  • Family Planning (FP) Services

    Family Planning provides services and related preventive health care to improve the health of women and men and to enable families to plan and space their children.

  • Fatherhood Initiative

    When & Where: Every Thursday 6:00PM – 8:00PM via Zoom Meeting ID: 864 6829 9081 Passcode: 514301 Incentives: 12-Week Program covering the 24/7 Dad Curriculum, Access to Fatherhood resources and […]

  • General Services

    Other services available in your local health department.

  • Health Education

    Providing health education to our community.

  • Helpful Links

    Links to helpful websites

  • HIV Prevention Program

    Providing comprehensive outpatient primary care and case management to persons with HIV/AIDS.

  • Housing Program

    HOPWA provides funds for emergency short-term assistance to families and individuals in crisis that have been affected by or infected with HIV.

  • Immunizations and Vaccinations

    Part of living a healthy lifestyle is protecting yourself from illnesses. Immunizations can help reduce absences from work, school and other events, as well as decrease the spread of illness […]

  • Infectious Disease Program

    The Infectious Disease (ID) Program provides follow-up for individuals who have a communicable disease such as tuberculosis, meningitis, hepatitis, or one of many other communicable diseases.

  • Lab Draw Services

    To expand the ways in which we serve our communities, Irwin, Ben Hill and Turner County Health Departments are now offering lab draw services. Appointments are HIGHLY recommended. LAB HOURS: […]

  • Low THC Oil Registry

    Georgia’s medical cannabis law allows qualified individuals to legally possess up to 20 fluid ounces of “low THC oil” (which is derived from the cannabis plant) within the State of […]

  • Opioid Prevention

    The nationwide opioid epidemic started in the 1990s with increased opioid prescribing and opioid overdose deaths. Heroin and other synthetic opioids, such as fentanyl, led to further increases beginning in […]

  • Oral Health

    Educates on the importance of flossing, brushing, dental wipes, proper nutrition, tobacco cessation, and oral piercing.

  • Perinatal Case Management

    The Georgia Department of Public Health’s South Health District is proud to offer Perinatal Case Management as part of our Perinatal Health program. Perinatal Case Management is a voluntary Medicaid […]

  • Perinatal Programs

    Perinatal Programs includes Perinatal Case Management (PCM), Presumptive Eligibility Pregnancy Medicaid, and Perinatal Planning.

  • Pregnancy Testing

    Pregnancy tests are available at all health departments within South Health District as part of our Family Planning Services. Family Planning provides services and related preventive health care to improve […]

  • Sexually Transmitted Disease (STD) Program

    South Health District’s Sexually Transmitted Disease (STD) Program manages sexually transmitted disease cases for our ten county area.

  • STD Testing

    Every county health department provides STD testing daily; however, appointments may be needed.

  • Telemedicine

    South Health District’s health care delivery method to examine, diagnose, treat, and educate patients at a distance.

  • Travel Immunizations

    Lowndes County Health Department offers travel vaccines and is an approved Yellow Fever Vaccine site.

  • Tuberculosis (TB) Program

    The mission of the Georgia Tuberculosis (TB) Program is to control transmission, prevent illness and ensure treatment of disease due to TB.

  • Women, Infants, and Children (WIC)

    Georgia’s supplemental nutrition program available to infants, children to age 5, pregnant women, breastfeeding mothers, and postpartum women. Federal poverty level guidelines qualifications apply.

  • Women’s Health Services

    Services available for women specifically with their health and well being in mind.

  • Zika Virus

    In February 2016, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared Zika virus a Public Health Emergency of International Concern. It is a disease which is spread to people primarily through the bite of an infected Aedes species mosquito.