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

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A Healthy 2019

The holidays always bring a flurry of activity including gatherings filled with holiday treats that most of us find hard to resist. As we move in to 2019, we often resolve to live healthier lifestyles. The World Health Organization has Five Tips for a Healthy Diet This New Year that will get you on your way in the food department. But don’t forget about regular exercise. The American Heart Association has some great tips for Long-term Exercise Success.

Don’t put it off any longer. Make a commitment to living a healthier lifestyle this new year!





National Nutrition Month

March is National Nutrition Month and a time to focus on the importance of making informed food choices and developing sound eating and physical activity habits.

Below is some information we hope you will find helpful.

Dietary Guidelines
MyPlate, the Dietary Guidelines for Americans and food labels can help you create a healthy eating plan that includes a variety of foods from all food groups. Learn more at

Food Safety
Reduce your risk of food poisoning by following these four easy steps:

Dining Out
Restaurant food is meant to look, smell and taste great, and that means nutrition can sometimes fall by the wayside! Try these tips to dine out while sticking to a healthy eating plan:

Benefits of Healthy Eating Style
A healthy eating plan can help prevent illnesses and keep you feeling great! Learn about some of the benefits of a healthful diet:

Eating Right Isn’t Complicated
Eating right doesn’t have to be complicated! Start building a smarter plate by choosing fruits and vegetables, whole grains, lean protein and low-fat dairy — foods that are packed with the nutrients you need.
Get more tips at

Portion Sizes
A key part of healthful eating is choosing appropriate amounts of different foods. Learn the important differences between the terms “serving size” and “portion size”:

Protect Your Preteen’s Future: Vaccinate Today

Vaccinate your preteen today so they can have healthy tomorrow.

In an effort to protect every adult and child, the Coastal Health District is joining the Georgia Department of Public Health in recognizing March 11-15, 2019 as Georgia Preteen Vaccine Awareness Week. This week serves as a reminder for parents to talk with their preteens and teens about getting immunized against vaccine-preventable diseases.

“Every parent wants to protect their child from danger, yet many times parents don’t see vaccination as a priority,” said Sheila Lovett, Immunization Program director for the Georgia Department of Public Health. “Vaccinating your child is the single best way to protect them from these preventable diseases, so we urge parents to make this a priority.”

According to the Georgia Department of Public Health Rule (511-2-2), all students born on or after January 1, 2002, entering or transferring into seventh grade and any “new entrant” into eighth -12th grades in Georgia need proof of an adolescent pertussis (whooping cough) booster vaccination (called “Tdap”) AND an adolescent meningococcal vaccination (MenACWY). This law affects all public and private schools including, but not limited to, charter schools, community schools, juvenile court schools and other alternative school settings (excluding homeschool).

Vaccines are the best defense we have against serious, preventable and sometimes deadly contagious diseases. They help avoid expensive therapies and hospitalization needed to treat infectious diseases like influenza and meningitis. Immunizations also reduce absences both at school and after school activities and decrease the spread of illness at home, school and the community.

The CDC currently recommends the following vaccines for preteens and teens:

  • Tetanus, Diphtheria and Pertussis (Tdap)
    • Influenza (flu)
    • Human Papillomavirus (HPV)
    • Meningococcal Disease (MenACWY)

Georgia Preteen Vaccine Awareness Week is an opportunity to raise awareness through schools, health care providers and the media regarding preteen immunizations, particularly Georgia’s pertussis and meningococcal requirements for incoming seventh-grade students. Speak with your physician today to find out if your preteen is up-to-date.

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School Requirements

  • All students born on or after January 1,2002, and entering or transferring into seventh grade and any new entrant into eighth through 12th grades, in Georgia must provide proof of an adolescent pertussis (whooping cough) booster vaccination (called “Tdap”) and an adolescent meningococcal vaccination (MenACWY).
  • Proof of both vaccinations must be documented on the Georgia Immunization Certificate (Form 3231).
  • If your preteen has not yet received the whooping cough booster shot or meningococcal vaccine, please contact your doctor or local health department.

Join Together To Protect Your Heart and Celebrate #OurHearts During American Heart Month

Cardiovascular disease is the #1 cause of death in all eight of our Coastal Health District counties (Bryan, Camden, Chatham, Effingham, Glynn, Liberty, Long, and Chatham). Through our health departments and other public health facilities, we promote healthy eating, moving more, and smoke-free living as part of the preventive prescription for control or against development of heart disease. While we promote these things year round, they take on even more significance during American Heart Month every February.

Did you know that people who have close relationships at home, work, or in their community tend to be healthier and live longer? One reason, according to the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI), is that we’re more successful meeting our health goals when we join forces with others. To underscore this point and mark American Heart Month this February, NHLBI is launching the #OurHearts movement, to inspire people to protect and strengthen their hearts with the support of others.

Here are some facts, how-to tips, and resources to inspire you to join with others to improve your heart health. 

Heart disease is a leading cause of death in the United States. Most middle aged people (90 to 95 percent) and young adults (75 to 80 percent) have one or more risk factors for heart disease, such as diabetes, high blood pressure, or high blood cholesterol, or being a smoker or overweight. Having more than one risk factor increases your risk for heart disease much more than having just one.

Why Reaching Out Is GoodHaving positive, close relationships and feeling connected with others benefits our overall health, including our blood pressure and weight. Having people in our lives who will motivate and care for us helps, but having feelings of closeness and companionship helps our health too.

Making the following heart healthy lifestyle changes will be easier and more successful if you work with other motivated people:

  • Get physically active.
  • Achieve a healthy weight and maintain it.
  • Eat heart healthy foods.
  • Quit smoking.

Remember, you don’t have to make big changes all at once. Small steps will get you where you want to go. Here are some tips to get you going.

Move More
Invite family, friends, colleagues, or members of your community to join you in your efforts to be more physically active:

  • Ask a colleague to walk with you on a regular basis, put the date on both your calendars, and text or call to make sure you both show up.
  • Join an exercise class at your local community center and bring a neighbor along. Carpool to make it a regular date.
  • Grab your kids, put on some music, and do jumping jacks, skip rope, or just dance.
  • Make your social time active and encourage everyone—family and friends alike— to think of fun things that get you off the couch and moving.

If you have a health condition, including heart disease or high blood pressure, talk with your doctor before increasing your activity.

How much is enough? Aim for at least 2½ hours of physical activity each week—that’s just 30 minutes a day, 5 days a week. In addition, do muscle strengthening exercises 2 days a week. Can’t carve out a lot of time in your day? Don’t chuck your goal, chunk it! Try 10 or 15 minutes a few times a day. NHLBI’s Move More fact sheet provides ideas to get and keep you moving.

Aim for a Healthy Weight
If you’re overweight, find someone in your friend group, at work, or in your family who also wants to lose weight. (Every little bit can help!) Check in with them regularly to stay motivated or join a weight loss program together. Do healthy activities together, like walking or playing on a neighborhood sports team, and share low-calorie, low-sodium meals or recipes. (Pregnant women should not try to lose weight, but they can exercise.)

Eating Heart Healthy
We tend to eat like our friends and family, so ask others close to you to join you in your effort to eat healthier. Need healthy eating ideas? Try NHLBI’s Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension (DASH) eating plan. It’s free and scientifically proven to lower blood pressure and improve blood cholesterol levels.

Quit Smoking
To help you quit, ask others for support or join a support group. Research has shown that people are much more likely to quit if their spouse, friend, or sibling does. Social support online can also help you quit. All states have quit lines with trained counselors—call 1-800-QUIT-NOW (1-800-784-8669). You’ll find many free resources to help you quit, such as apps, a motivational text service, and a chat line at the websites and

If you need extra motivation to quit, consider the health of your friends and family: Being around other people’s smoke, called secondhand smoke, is dangerous. Thousands of adult nonsmokers die of stroke, heart disease, and lung cancer caused by secondhand smoke.

Visit #OurHearts for inspiration on what others around the country are doing together for their heart health. Then join the #OurHearts movement and let NHLBI know what you’re doing with friends, family, or others to have a healthy heart. Tag #OurHearts to share how you’re being heart healthy together.

Cervical Cancer Awareness

January is Cervical Health Awareness Month, and the Coastal Health District wants you to know that there’s a lot you can do to prevent cervical cancer. Each year, more than 11,000 women in the United States get cervical cancer.

Human papillomavirus (HPV) is a very common infection that spreads through sexual activity, and it causes almost all cases of cervical cancer. About 79 million Americans currently have HPV, but many people with HPV don’t know they are infected.

The good news?

  • The HPV vaccine (shot) can prevent HPV.
  • Cervical cancer can often be prevented with regular screening tests and follow-up care.

In honor of National Cervical Health Awareness Month, health departments in Bryan, Camden, Chatham, Effingham, Glynn, Liberty, Long, and McIntosh counties encourage:

  • Women to start getting regular cervical cancer screenings at age 21
  • Parents to make sure pre-teens get the HPV vaccine at age 11 or 12

Teens and young adults also need to get the HPV vaccine if they didn’t get it as pre-teens. Women up to age 26 and men up to age 21 can still get the vaccine.

For more information, check out

Here are some more great resources:

How to Talk to Your Pre-Teen about HPV Vaccine

HPV Vaccine Information

HPV Safety Fact Sheet for Parents

HPV & Cancer


Diabetes Prevention

Diabetes affects more than 30 million people in the United States and more than one out of every three adults have pre diabetes. Diabetes is a major cause of heart disease and stroke. Type 1 diabetes happens when your body doesn’t make enough insulin. Type 2 diabetes happens when your body can’t use insulin properly. Most cases of Type 2 diabetes can be prevented by losing weight, eating healthier, and becoming more active. Check out these tips to reach and stay at a healthy weight.

Carbohydrates and Diabetes
What do carbohydrates have to do with diabetes? A lot. Understanding carbohydrates can help you prevent Type 2 diabetes. This Carb Guide helps breakdown the link between carbs and Type 2 diabetes and provides a good, basic explanation of which carbs are better for you and why.

Pregnancy Testing

Pregnancy Testing

Pregnancy testing is available at your Health Department on a walk-in basis.

Planning for Healthy Babies Medicaid

P4HB is a program through the Department of Community Health to reduce the low birth weight rate in Georgia. This program extends certain services to un- and under-insured women by expanding Medicaid eligibility for those who qualify. Find out more about P4HB.

Children’s Dental Services (Chatham County)

The Chatham County Heath Department dental services program provides comprehensive dental care for children ages 0-17 with an emphasis on cavity prevention. Getting an early start on good dental hygiene is important. Children should see a dentist for the first time no later than one year of age.

Our Services

We provide the following services at our dental clinic located at 1395 Eisenhower Drive in Savannah:

  • Exams
  • Cleanings
  • Sealants
  • Fillings
  • Extractions
  • X-rays
  • Fluoride treatments
  • Caries risk assessment

Hours of Operation

Appointments for the Chatham County Health Department dental clinic can be scheduled:

Monday – Wednesday
8 a.m. – 5 p.m.,
(closed 12 -1 p.m.)
8 a.m. – 7 p.m.
(closed 12-1 p.m.)
8 a.m.-2 p.m.

*Children under three years of age will be seen on a walk-in basis.

Payment Information

Reduced fees are available based on proof of income which should be presented at the first visit. We also accept Medicaid, Amerigroup, Peach State, WellCare, and CareSource.


Please complete the forms below, print, sign, and bring with you to your child’s first visit.
Child Health History Fillable
Child Health History Fillable ESPAÑOL

Please complete the forms below, print, sign, and bring with you to each appointment after the first visit.
Child Health History Update Fillable
Child Health History Update Fillable ESPAÑOL

Additional Information 

Although health departments in the Coastal Health District do not provide routine dental care for adults, there are other possible treatment sites for those who are uninsured including Curtis V. Cooper Primary Health Care, J.C. Lewis Primary Health Care, and Savannah Volunteer Dental Clinic (912-429-8368) in Savannah; Diversity Health Center in Hinesville, and Coastal Community Health Services in Brunswick.

Check out these tips for terrific teeth.

Teeth Tips
Consejos de dientes

Got questions about your child’s dental health? Check out the by the American Dental Association.

For after hours or weekend dental emergencies, please go to the hospital emergency room nearest you.

Adolescent Health and Youth Development Program

About the Adolescent Health and Youth Development (AHYD) Program

 The Adolescent Health and Youth Development (AHYD) program is to enhance the skills and improve the health status of adolescents throughout the Coastal Health District. The program provides various opportunities and programs for youth the district and continues to collaborate with families, communities, schools and other public and private organizations throughout the district to involve parents, youth, and others in promoting positive youth development.

The program strives to provide all youth ages 10 – 19 with the skills to be healthy, safe, educated, and employable. AHYD programs and services provide a network of support to help adolescents build the skills to live healthier lives and to reduce risky behaviors that will last into adulthood. AHYD-sponsored programs reinforce positive attitudes, healthy behaviors and activities, and reduce risk-taking behaviors, such as violence, substance abuse, poor school performance and sexual activity.

Register for our Feminine Education Teen Summit

Do you have questions about your developing body? About menstruation? Pregnancy?

Get answers at our Feminine Education Teen Summit on June 15th. There’s no cost to attend, but you need to register in advance.

More Information and Registration

Adolescent Health and Youth Development Programs

Personal Responsibility Education Program (PREP):
The Personal Responsibility Education Program (PREP) is a program through the Georgia Department of Public
Health (DPH) and is partnering with the Georgia Department of Families and Children (DFCS). The program provides youth aged 10-19 years old with resources and skills for pregnancy prevention and sexually transmitted infections, including HIV/AIDS. The purpose of the program is intended to change behavior, by delaying the onset of early sexual activity, to increase condom or contraceptive use for sexually active students and to reduce pregnancy among students. (Individualized lessons related to teen pregnancy and STI/HIV education is also available).

Media-Smart Youth:        
Media Smart Youth: Eat, Think, and Be Active is an interactive after-school education program designed for youth ages 11 to 13. The program is designed to empower young people to become aware of media’s role in influencing their nutrition and physical activity choices; to build their skills to make more informed decisions about being physically active and eating nutritious food; and to establish healthy habits that will last into adulthood. (Individualized lessons related to nutrition and physical activity is also available).

Additional Youth Health Related Presentations:

  • Programs and Services of Health Dept.
  • Hygiene and Healthy Habits for Teens
  • Confidence & Self Esteem – Girl’s Empowerment
  • Teen Pregnancy Prevention & STI Awareness
  • Tobacco Use Prevention
  • Sexting & Bullying
  • Traffic Safety for Teens
  • Emotions, Stress, & Teens
  • Healthy Relationships
  • Fitness and Nutrition

For more information on the Adolescent Health and Youth Development program, please contact program coordinator, Antwonette Bulloch.


Long County Health Department

Welcome to the Long County Health Department where we our public health team is dedicated to improving the health of those who live, work, and play in our county by preventing disease and illness, promoting health and well being, and preparing for and responding to disasters.

The Long County Health Department offers services including:

If you have questions about any of our services, please don’t hesitate to call us at the numbers listed below.

Long County Health Clinics and Offices

Hours of Operation
Monday – Wednesday: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. (closed from 12 p.m. – 1 p.m.)
Thursday: 8 a.m. – 7 p.m. (closed from 12 p.m. – 1 p.m.)
Friday: 8 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Health Department
584 N. Macon Street
PO Box 279
Ludowici, GA 31316
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Phone: (912) 545-2107
Fax: (912) 545-2112

Environmental Health Office
584 N. Macon Street
PO Box 279
Ludowici, GA 31316
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Phone: (912) 545-2107
Fax: (912) 545-2112
Hours of Operation:
Monday – Friday: Field-related services
Monday-Thursday: Fee payment, applications, administrative services
8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Long County Board of Health Meetings
Long County Board of Health meetings are held at 11 a.m. at the Long County Health Dept. located at 584 North Macon Street in Ludowici.

The following meetings have been scheduled for 2019:
March 14
June 13
September 12
December 12


Hurricane season is June 1 through November 30 but the Hurricane Registry for those with functional, access, or medical needs is open all year long. The Hurricane Registry for those with functional, access, or medical needs is a list maintained by the health department of residents who may need transportation or medical assistance and have no resources such as family members, neighbors, or friends to help them evacuate if a hurricane is threatening. Residents must apply to be on the Registry. Residents who meet criteria and get on the Registry will be evacuated when there is serious threat of a hurricane.

It is important to note that Registry applications will stop being accepted 72 hours prior to the arrival of tropical storm force winds.

To apply, residents can call toll-free, 1-833-CHD-REGISTER (1-833-243-7344) and follow the phone prompts.

The application and authorization for release of protected health information can also be downloaded here:
Long County Hurricane Registry Application (Word doc)
Long County Hurricane Registry Application (PDF)
Protected Health Information Authorization

When both the Hurricane Registry Registration and Consent form and the Protected Health Information authorization forms have been completed, please take them to your health department or mail them to:
Long County Health Dept.
Attn: Lisa Palmer, R.N.
P.O. Box 279
Ludowici, GA 31316

FAX: 912-545-2112

Those with functional or access needs – including children or adults with physical, sensory, or intellectual disabilities who need assistance with the activities of daily living including eating, taking medication, dressing, bathing, communicating, transferring from bed to chair and chair to bed, and toileting – will be evacuated to a gymnasium type setting far enough inland so that they are safe from the storm. The accommodations at the shelter will be basic (a cot with 20-40 square feet of space, bathroom facilities, meals, etc.) and the shelter may be several hours away.

Those with medical needs – including those who need the help of trained medical professionals for things like IV medication or who may be dependent on a respirator or other medical equipment – may be taken to a healthcare facility which will likely be located several hours inland.

Anyone who lives in a nursing home, assisted living, or personal care facility is not eligible for the registry and must follow their facility’s emergency plan. The Registry is truly a last resort but it is important that local emergency management agency and public health department officials have a list of residents who have certain needs and no other way to evacuate should that become necessary.

(Registry application updated 2018)