South Health District

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 (...

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 ...

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 prevent unwanted ...

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.

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, ...

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 ...

General Services

Other services available in your local health department.

Health Education

Providing health education to our community.

Helpful Links

Links to helpful websites


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.

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 ...

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.


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 ...