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.
In observance of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the McIntosh County Health Department’s Breast and Cervical Cancer Program (BCCP) is partnering with the Southeast Georgia Health System Breast Care Center’s Mobile Mammography Program to enroll women into BCCP, provide breast screenings, and offer free mammograms from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Friday, October 27, at the Bi-Lo in Darien. Women who meet certain annual income guidelines and are 40-64 years of age without insurance will be eligible to receive a screening mammogram at no cost.
No appointment necessary. For more information on the Breast and Cervical Cancer Program, go to gachd.org/bccp.
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 and access or medical needs and no way to evacuate if a storm is heading our way. The Functional, Access, 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, Access, 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 recently received $10,000 in funding from the Miller Family Fund, a component fund of the Communities of Coastal Georgia Foundation, to purchase a much needed lead testing machine and additional child safety seats. The safety seats supplement a needed gap in funding and support the program the Miller’s previously funded focused on infant and child car safety. Martin and Laura Lynn Miller have a home in McIntosh County and a long history of successful philanthropy focused on health, aging and quality of life issues.
“This is just one more example of how the Foundation works with our donors to enhance the effectiveness of their philanthropy,” said President & CEO of the Coastal Georgia Foundation, Paul White. “We look forward to continuing to work with Martin and Laura Lynn to expand their impact in McIntosh County and all of Coastal Georgia”
About the Community Foundation
The Communities of Coastal Georgia Foundation (CCGF) was incorporated in 2005, as a tax-exempt public charity created by and for the people of Glynn, McIntosh and Camden counties. The Foundation now has assets approaching $17 million and hosts over 60 distinct funds. Since its inception, the Foundation has awarded nearly $7 million in grants to community organizations in the three county region and beyond.
Pictured L-R: Paul White, Coastal Georgia Foundation President and CEO; Brook Deverger, RN, BSN, McIntosh County Health Department Nurse Manager; Martin Miller; and Lawton C. Davis, M.D., District Health Director, Coastal Health District.
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).