Welcome to the McIntosh County Health Department where we are dedicated to helping improve the health of all of the citizens in our county. Centrally located in Townsend, our health department provides preventive health services such as adult and childhood immunizations, health checks for children and family planning services. We also provide STD testing and STD treatment including gonorrhea testing, chlamydia testing, syphilis testing and HIV testing. We perform pap smears and provide family planning services that include birth control and pregnancy testing. Our friendly and knowledgeable health department staff strives to provide quality public health services every day. McIntosh County is rich in history and we are proud to be a part of this growing community.
McIntosh County Board of Health Meetings
McIntosh County Board of Health meetings are held at 8:30 a.m. at the McIntosh County Health Dept. located at 1335 Hwy. 57 in Townsend.
The following meetings have been scheduled for 2017:
Health Department and Environmental Health
1335 GA Highway 57
P.O. Box 231
Townsend, GA 31331
Phone: (912) 832-5473
Fax: (912) 832-5509
Hours of Operation:
Monday – Friday
8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
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.
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 McIntosh County Health Department at 832-5473. The application and protected health information authorization form can also be downloaded HERE.
The McIntosh County Health Department’s Reach Out and Read program to help promote literacy and a love of reading is going strong. The health department purchased books to give children and redecorated part of the facility’s lobby as a reading corner after receiving a grant from the Communities of Coastal Georgia. Check out this short video promoting the program.*
*(Video written and produced by Jacob Flynn).