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 2016:
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.
The McIntosh County Health Department will hold a child car seat class at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, November 24, at the health department located at 1335 Georgia Hwy. 57 in Townsend. Parents and caregivers will be taught how to correctly install their car seat(s) and educated on how to properly secure a child in a seat.
A Certified Child Passenger Safety Technician will teach the class and will also be available to examine child safety seats for recalls and to ensure correct installation in vehicles. At the completion of the class, car seats will be given out – free of charge – based on a need assessment by health department staff.
Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death among children ages 2-14 and the leading cause of injury-related death for children under two. Each year an estimated 2,446 children die in motor vehicle crashes. When installed and used correctly, child car seats and seat belts can prevent injuries and save lives.
The class is made possible through a grant from the Miller Family Fund, a component fund of the Communities of Coastal Georgia Foundation. The Health Department received funding earlier this year to educate families on the proper installation of car seats and general seatbelt safety.
The event is free and open to the public. For more information, please call the health department at 912-832-5473.
The McIntosh County Health Department’s annual drive-through flu vaccination clinic was a success as McIntosh County residents took advantage of the quick, easy way to get vaccinated against the flu. If you missed the drive-through there’s no reason to worry. You can still come to the health department to get your flu shot.
Thank you to everyone who came out to support the MCA Mighty Bucs and breast cancer awareness during the “Pink Out” game. A special thank you to the Susan G. Komen Coastal Georgia Affiliate for making the breast cancer outreach and awareness event possible!
The Coastal Health District raised $500 by auctioning off cakes and other yummy treats at a recent all-staff development meeting. Proceeds were donated to the Susan G. Komen Coastal Georgia Affiliate. The idea for a silent auction was the brainchild of McIntosh County Environmental Health Manager, Eric Rumer. Eric, along with District Nursing and Clinical Services Director, Betty Dixon, presented the check to Sarah Denmark, Fundraising Chair and incoming Board Chair for the Komen Coastal Georgia Affiliate.
Congratulations to the McIntosh Co. Health Dept. for taking third place in the Communities of Coastal Georgia Foundation’s (CCGF) “Decade of Impact” video contest! A video produced by public health intern, Jake Flynn, spotlighting the health department’s Reach Out and Read program garnered accolades at a special event to announce the winners. The third place win comes with a $250 grant which will be used to supplement the program.
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).