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 2015:
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 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.
It won’t be long before a new school year begins and McIntosh County Health Department officials want to remind parents and caregivers to make sure students are up-to-date on all immunizations. The McIntosh County Health Department will hold a back-to-school immunization clinic from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Tuesday, July 28, at the health department located on Highway 57 in Townsend. No appointment necessary.
A summary of Georgia immunization requirements for child care and school attendance can be found by clicking HERE. Vaccines are safe and effective and help protect children and adults from a host of different diseases including measles, polio, pertussis (whooping cough), and chickenpox. Children who are immunized help prevent the spread of diseases to infants who are too young to get vaccinated and others who may not be able to receive certain vaccines for medical reasons. Vaccinations help children develop immunity to diseases without actually getting the disease.
For more information on vaccines, go to www.cdc.gov/vaccines. Parents with any questions regarding whether or not their children are up-to-date on vaccinations can call the McIntosh County Health Department at 912-832-5473.
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).
A huge thank you to the employees of Coastal Home Care who made very generous donation to the McIntosh County Health Department that resulted in the purchase of more than 500 toothbrushes. The toothbrushes will be given to health department clients ranging from infant to 5 years old. “We all know how important dental health is, and I know our children will be very excited to get a new toothbrush when they come in for services,” said McIntosh County Health Department Nurse Manager, Paige Lightsey.
The McIntosh County Health Department is putting a $4,500 grant from the Communities of Coastal Georgia Foundation to promote literacy to good use. The grant is aimed at educating parents about the importance of reading to young children and giving books to children to inspire them to take an active interest in reading.The funding is being used to create a reading-friendly space – including a reading rug, children’s chair and bookcase – inside the health department and to provide an age-appropriate book every for child who comes to the health department for services.