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The Coastal Health District of Georgia serves the counties of Bryan, Camden, Chatham, Effingham, Glynn, Liberty, Long & McIntosh

Effingham County Health Department

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The Functional and Medical Needs Registry is made up of residents who may require transport and medical assistance during a hurricane evacuation and have no other resources such as family, friends, neighbors, or church members to help them if they need to evacuate. Residents must apply to be on the registry. For more information, scroll to the bottom of this page.

Welcome to the Effingham County Health Department where we work every day to improve the health of those living in one of the fastest-growing counties in Georgia. At the Effingham County Health Department we are dedicated to providing public health services ranging from adult and childhood immunizations to lead screening and the Women, Infants, Children (WIC) nutrition program. Our clinic provides family planning services including birth control, pregnancy testing and pap smears. Our STD testing services include chlamydia testing, syphilis testing, gonorrhea testing and HIV testing. We also provide STD treatment options. We are proud to be a part of the Effingham community and to serve our friends, families, and neighbors.

Effingham County Board of Health Meetings

Effingham County Board of Health meetings are held at 8 a.m. in the Community Room at the Effingham Hospital located at 459 Hwy. 119 South in Springfield.

The following meetings have been scheduled for 2016:
February 11
May 12
August 11
November 10

Effingham County Health Clinics and Offices

Health Department
802 Hwy. 119 South
P.O. Box 350
Springfield, GA 31329
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Phone: (912) 754-6484
Fax: (912) 754-7623
Hours of Operation:
Monday-Friday 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Environmental Health
802 Hwy. 119 South
Springfield, GA 31329
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Phone: (912) 754-6850
Fax: (912) 754-0078
Hours of Operation:
Monday-Friday 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.


Effingham County Information


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Health Department to Hold Back to School Clinics July 21 & August 2

Immunizations* help protect students of all ages against certain diseases which is why certain vaccinations are required before students can enter school. The Effingham County Health Department will hold two Back to School clinics from
8 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Thursday, July 21 and Tuesday, August 2, to make it convenient for parents to get children immunized and beat the back to school rush. Hearing, vision, dental, and nutrition screenings (required for any student entering a Georgia school for the first time). Appointments are encouraged but not required. The clinics will be held at the health department located at 802 Hwy. 119 South in Springfield.
Please note: Prior to the Back to School clinics, these services are offered Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. – 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

*Effective July 1, 2014, children born on or after January 1, 2002 who are attending seventh grade must have received one dose of tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis (Tdap) and meningococcal (meningitis) immunizations prior to entering school. For more information on required vaccines, click HERE

For more information on the event, please call the health department at 912-754-6484.


Residents with Functional or Medical Needs Urged to Register with Health Department

Hurricane season officially begins June 1 which means it’s time for residents along Georgia’s coast to prepare – especially those who may have functional or medical needs and no way to evacuate if a storm is heading our way. The Functional and Medical Needs Registry is made up of residents who may require transport and medical assistance during a hurricane evacuation and have no other resources such as family, friends, neighbors, or church members to help them if they need to evacuate. Residents must apply to be on the registry and are encouraged to register now.FMN Ad District.indd

Those on the Registry will be evacuated to an American Red Cross shelter in an inland county that will likely be in a gymnasium or similar setting and could be several hours away. The Registry is truly a last resort, but if a hurricane is threatening our area, it is important that health department officials know where the most vulnerable residents are located so that evacuation assistance can be provided to them. People living in nursing homes, assisted living facilities, and personal care homes are not eligible for the Functional and Medical Needs Registry and must follow their facility’s emergency plan.

Functional needs registrants are individuals who may need services to maintain their independence in a shelter. This includes children and adults with physical, sensory, mental health, and cognitive and/or intellectual disabilities affecting their ability to function independently without assistance. Medical needs registrants are individuals who require support of trained medical professionals. This includes those individuals who may need assistance with managing unstable, terminal, or contagious conditions that require observation and ongoing treatment.

To apply, residents should call the Effingham County Health Department at 754-6484. The application and protected health information authorization form can also be downloaded HERE.


Effingham County Health Department Designates Special Area
for Children in Waiting Room

Effingham County Health Department employees recently opened an area in the health department waiting room that is specifically designed for children. “The Farmers Market” is geared toward promoting healthy foods such as fruits and vegetables while at the same time giving children a place to play until it’s time for their appointment.

The area is stocked with a small vegetable stand along with plastic fruit and vegetables donated by Amerigroup. Both Amerigroup and Wellcare provided healthy snacks for the grand opening. Health department employees designed and painted colorful wall murals depicting garden and farming scenes. The idea came about after some health department employees attended a Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) conference in Atlanta which focused on the importance of nutrition and young children. WIC provides vouchers for healthy foods along with nutrition education for low-income pregnant, breastfeeding, and non-breastfeeding postpartum women, and to infants and children up to age five who are found to be at nutritional risk.

“We put our heads together and came up with the idea to create a special section of our waiting room that we hope will spark an interest in good nutrition not only for the children who play there but also for their parents,” said Effingham County Health Department Nurse Manager, Cindy Grovenstein, R.N. “Eating healthy is so important for our little ones. Exposing them to fruits, vegetables, and other nutritional foods at an early age will go a long way toward laying the groundwork for a healthy adulthood.”

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