Southwest Georgia Public Health District

Southwest Georgia Public Health District Including Baker, Calhoun, Colquitt, Decatur, Dougherty, Early, Grady, Lee, Miller, Mitchell, Seminole, Terrell, Thomas and Worth counties.

Southwest Health District encompasses more than 6,000 square miles in Georgia's southwestern corner (bordering Alabama to the west and Florida to the south) and including the following counties: Baker, Calhoun, Colquitt, Decatur, Dougherty, Early, Grady, Lee, Miller, Jitchell, Seminole, Terrell, Thomas, and Worth.

Mission: To prevent disease, injury, and disability; promote health and wellbeing; and prepare for disasters

Help prevent sexual violence. These resources give information to stop sexual assault before it happens. Learn more: go....
06/09/2019

Help prevent sexual violence. These resources give information to stop sexual assault before it happens. Learn more: go.usa.gov/xEyrf

Do your part in recognizing Caribbean-American HIV/AIDS Awareness Day. Get educated! Get tested! Get treated! Get involv...
06/08/2019

Do your part in recognizing Caribbean-American HIV/AIDS Awareness Day. Get educated! Get tested! Get treated! Get involved! #NCAHAAD #DoingIt #HIVTesting #KnowYourStatus #IGotTested #HIVAwareness

Summer bugs can cause major headaches
06/07/2019
Summer bugs can cause major headaches

Summer bugs can cause major headaches

Summers in southwest Georgia certainly bring hot temperatures but they also bring summer bugs, especially ticks. The Department of Public Health warns be careful when you're hunting or gardening this summer. That's because ticks could spread Lyme Disease and Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever. Lyme diseas...

Dougherty County Health Dept. to host Saturday vaccination clinics
06/07/2019
Dougherty County Health Dept. to host Saturday vaccination clinics

Dougherty County Health Dept. to host Saturday vaccination clinics

If you're looking to beat the rush back-to-school rush on vaccinations, the Dougherty County Health Department is holding Saturday clinics to help out. Health officials say that the clinics will be from 9 a. m. to 2 p. m. June 15, July 6 and July 27 at 1710 South Slappey Boulevard. “We are mak...

Show your support for friends and family living with HIV by joining in the fight against stigma! #DoingIt #HIVTesting #K...
06/07/2019

Show your support for friends and family living with HIV by joining in the fight against stigma! #DoingIt #HIVTesting #KnowYourStatus #IGotTested #HIVAwareness

US National Weather Service Tallahassee Florida
06/06/2019

US National Weather Service Tallahassee Florida

Chances are great that our dry spell will be coming to an end the next few days with widespread rainfall amounts of 2 to 4 inches expected through Saturday night. Some of this rain could be heavy, possibly leading to isolated flooding/flash-flooding, especially into Friday. Get your forecasts at www.weather.gov/Tallahassee

Norovirus spreads easily and quickly through the vomit and diarrhea of infected people, including at summer camp! Clean ...
06/06/2019

Norovirus spreads easily and quickly through the vomit and diarrhea of infected people, including at summer camp! Clean up and disinfect immediately to prevent norovirus from spreading to others. https://bit.ly/2WjidxP

Dougherty County parents of back-to-school-age children, save the date!
06/05/2019

Dougherty County parents of back-to-school-age children, save the date!

Today is HIV Long-Term Survivors Day. A chance to celebrate and honor long-term survivors of the epidemic and raise awar...
06/05/2019

Today is HIV Long-Term Survivors Day. A chance to celebrate and honor long-term survivors of the epidemic and raise awareness of their needs, issues, and journeys. #empowered2thrive
#HLTSAD2019 #DoingIt #HIVTesting #KnowYourStatus #IGotTested #HIVAwareness

Southwest Georgia Public Health District's cover photo
06/05/2019

Southwest Georgia Public Health District's cover photo

Congratulations to Southwest Health District Deputy Director Brenda Greene who was recently recognized for 35 years of P...
06/04/2019

Congratulations to Southwest Health District Deputy Director Brenda Greene who was recently recognized for 35 years of Public Health service! Pictured here with Health Director Dr. Charles Ruis.

Stories and posts about measles in the United States are everywhere lately.If you have questions about measles or about ...
06/04/2019

Stories and posts about measles in the United States are everywhere lately.
If you have questions about measles or about MMR vaccination, see these science-based answers from CDC: https://bit.ly/2UOaXpi

Before a heart attack, women are more likely than men to have back or neck pain, heartburn, and shortness of breath. Lea...
06/03/2019

Before a heart attack, women are more likely than men to have back or neck pain, heartburn, and shortness of breath. Learn the signs: https://wb.md/2HH8iKO

With hurricane season just around the corner; you need to be prepared and learn more about #hurricanes and other tropica...
06/02/2019

With hurricane season just around the corner; you need to be prepared and learn more about #hurricanes and other tropical storms so you can protect yourself and your loved ones. Click on the following link for more helpful information and resources: cdc.gov/disasters/hurricanes/index.html

Learn CDC’s steps of healthy swimming to help protect yourself, your family, and friends from illness and injury at th...
06/01/2019

Learn CDC’s steps of healthy swimming to help protect yourself, your family, and friends from illness and injury at the pool this summer. https://go.usa.gov/xmkqC

Seeking a Dietician/Nutritionist with WIC based in Colquitt County to provide professional services to public health pat...
05/31/2019

Seeking a Dietician/Nutritionist with WIC based in Colquitt County to provide professional services to public health patients throughout Southwest Health District’s 14 counties. To learn more about the position, check out the Job Announcement.

Colquitt County Health Department is seeking an Environmental Health Specialist. Application deadline is June 10.
05/31/2019

Colquitt County Health Department is seeking an Environmental Health Specialist. Application deadline is June 10.

DEADLINE EXTENDED. Miller County Health Department is seeking a full-time County Nurse Manager to oversee its operations...
05/31/2019

DEADLINE EXTENDED. Miller County Health Department is seeking a full-time County Nurse Manager to oversee its operations of nursing, clinical and population-based services. To learn more, check out the Job Announcement.

A few seconds after your first sip, alcohol starts to change how your body works. After years of heavy drinking, those c...
05/31/2019

A few seconds after your first sip, alcohol starts to change how your body works. After years of heavy drinking, those changes add up.https://wb.md/2DABJLL

E-cigarettes can look like USB flash drives, highlighters, or car keys. Learn why they are unsafe for kids: Bit.ly/2PovS...
05/30/2019

E-cigarettes can look like USB flash drives, highlighters, or car keys. Learn why they are unsafe for kids: Bit.ly/2PovSh8

Hot temperatures, don't forget about your four-legged friends
05/28/2019
Hot temperatures, don't forget about your four-legged friends

Hot temperatures, don't forget about your four-legged friends

With this weekend and next week's extremely hot temperatures, it's important to keep in mind the safety of your pets. Department of Public Health District Deputy Health Director Brenda Greene says you should keep your pet cool and hydrated at all times. If you pet stays outside, Greene recommends pu...

Heading to the pool? Rinse off in the shower before you get in. Chlorine breaks down dirt and sweat in pools instead of ...
05/28/2019

Heading to the pool? Rinse off in the shower before you get in. Chlorine breaks down dirt and sweat in pools instead of killing harmful germs. Dirt and sweat mixed with chlorine also create chemicals that make eyes red and itchy. https://go.usa.gov/xmkFK

Dougherty County: FREE walk-in HIV testing is available at the health department from 9am-12pm today!!  #DoingIt #HIVTes...
05/28/2019

Dougherty County: FREE walk-in HIV testing is available at the health department from 9am-12pm today!! #DoingIt #HIVTesting #KnowYourStatus #IGotTested #HIVAwareness

05/27/2019
Leonard Nimoy smoked. Because of his smoking, he died from COPD. Remembering Leonard - His Life, Legacy and Battle with ...
05/26/2019

Leonard Nimoy smoked. Because of his smoking, he died from COPD. Remembering Leonard - His Life, Legacy and Battle with COPD

ONE IN SEVEN people living with HIV are unaware of their status Contact your local health department for a FREE HIV Test...
05/25/2019

ONE IN SEVEN people living with HIV are unaware of their status Contact your local health department for a FREE HIV Test today. #DoingIt #HIVTesting #KnowYourStatus #IGotTested #HIVAwareness

It'll be hot out for man and beast
05/24/2019
It'll be hot out for man and beast

It'll be hot out for man and beast

ALBANY — With temperatures over the Memorial Day weekend expected to be unseasonably warm and top the 100-degree mark on Sunday, it will be too hot outside for man or

Start Talking. Stop HIV. Call 229-638-6424 x7763 for more information about getting on PrEP.  #DoingIt #HIVTesting #Know...
05/23/2019

Start Talking. Stop HIV. Call 229-638-6424 x7763 for more information about getting on PrEP. #DoingIt #HIVTesting #KnowYourStatus #IGotTested #HIVAwareness

DPH reminds parents to never leave kids, animals in a hot car
05/23/2019
DPH reminds parents to never leave kids, animals in a hot car

DPH reminds parents to never leave kids, animals in a hot car

Extreme, record-setting heat is expected to take over South Georgia starting Friday and lasting into next week. During these hot temperatures, the Department of Public Health is urging you to never leave a child or an animal left unattended in a hot vehicle. According to Georgia State Patrol Post 40...

Heat safety while working outside
05/23/2019
Heat safety while working outside

Heat safety while working outside

During this weekend's extreme heat, it's important to limit the time you spend outdoors. The Department of Public Health is urging people who work outside to be extremely cautious. District Deputy Health Director Brenda Greene says employees who work outside should ask to see if their schedule can b...

May is Asthma Awareness Month. Asthma is a chronic disease that affects your lungs, but you can control it by taking the...
05/23/2019
Have Asthma? Learn how you can improve your health and quality of life

May is Asthma Awareness Month. Asthma is a chronic disease that affects your lungs, but you can control it by taking the right medicine and avoiding triggers that cause an asthma attack. Learn more at www.cdc.gov/asthma/.

Learn how the National Asthma Control Program works to help Americans with asthma achieve better health and improved quality of life. Provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Hot temperatures expected for graduation weekend, tips on staying cool
05/22/2019
Hot temperatures expected for graduation weekend, tips on staying cool

Hot temperatures expected for graduation weekend, tips on staying cool

Extreme, record-setting heat is expected to take over South Georgia starting Friday and lasting into next week. During these hot temperatures, Dougherty County seniors will be walking down the stage and receiving their high school diplomas at graduation on Saturday. With many graduation parties bein...

US National Weather Service Tallahassee Florida
05/22/2019

US National Weather Service Tallahassee Florida

Repeat: It's going to be ABNORMALLY hot this weekend and not just for one day. This will be several days of above normal temperatures and heat index values over 100 with lows not dropping below 70. People with no AC or appropriate shelter should find a cool place to stay.

Thomas County: FREE walk-in HIV testing is available at the health department from 8am-12pm tomorrow!!  #DoingIt #HIVTes...
05/22/2019

Thomas County: FREE walk-in HIV testing is available at the health department from 8am-12pm tomorrow!! #DoingIt #HIVTesting #KnowYourStatus #IGotTested #HIVAwareness

US National Weather Service Tallahassee Florida
05/21/2019

US National Weather Service Tallahassee Florida

Max temps will get to 97-100 degrees Sat-Mon and heat index values of 100-105 so it's important you're safe in the heat! This isn't July when this heat is "more normal." Normal right now is a high around 89. Stay cool and hydrated!

Never worry about not having a new condom. Stop in and pick up free condoms at your local health department. #DoingIt #H...
05/21/2019

Never worry about not having a new condom. Stop in and pick up free condoms at your local health department. #DoingIt #HIVTesting #KnowYourStatus #IGotTested #HIVAwareness

End the silence about HIV in the API community! Learn more at: http://banyantreeproject.org/ #APIMay19 #DoingIt #HIVTest...
05/19/2019

End the silence about HIV in the API community! Learn more at: http://banyantreeproject.org/
#APIMay19 #DoingIt #HIVTesting #KnowYourStatus #IGotTested #HIVAwareness

This day is a chance to thank the volunteers, community members, health professionals, and scientists working together t...
05/18/2019

This day is a chance to thank the volunteers, community members, health professionals, and scientists working together to find a safe and effective preventive HIV vaccine. It is also a time to educate communities about the importance of preventive HIV vaccine research. #HVAD #DoingIt #HIVTesting #KnowYourStatus #IGotTested #HIVAwareness

PrEP is available at the Dougherty County Health Department and the Thomas County Health Department. Call for more infor...
05/16/2019

PrEP is available at the Dougherty County Health Department and the Thomas County Health Department. Call for more information about starting a once-daily pill to PREVENT HIV! #DoingIt #HIVTesting #KnowYourStatus #IGotTested #HIVAwareness

You or your doctor may be able to tell some things about your health simply by looking at the color of your urine and ho...
05/15/2019

You or your doctor may be able to tell some things about your health simply by looking at the color of your urine and how clear it is. https://wb.md/2DBsLxx

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1109 N Jackson St
Albany, GA
31701

General information

The District's clinical programs and services include women's health, child health, school screening, pharmacy, WIC/nutrition services, dental services, stroke and heart attack prevention program/diabetes, communicable diseases/epidemiology, immunizations, emergency preparedness, environmental health, Georgia farmworker programs, adolescent youth & development, and health promotions. In addition, the only public health run CenteringPregnancy program in Georgia is headquartered in the Dougherty County Health Department.

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