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

Have you heard of the once-daily pill that PREVENTS HIV? Contact (229) 638-6424 x 7763 to learn more! #DoingIt #HIVTesti...
04/11/2019

Have you heard of the once-daily pill that PREVENTS HIV? Contact (229) 638-6424 x 7763 to learn more! #DoingIt #HIVTesting #KnowYourStatus #IGotTested #HIVAwareness

Today is National Youth HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (NYHAAD). It is a day to educates the public about the impact of HIV/AIDS...
04/10/2019

Today is National Youth HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (NYHAAD). It is a day to educates the public about the impact of HIV/AIDS on youth and highlights the work youth do to strengthen the fight against the HIV/AIDS epidemic. #DoingIt #HIVTesting #KnowYourStatus #IGotTested #HIVAwareness #NYHAAD

Wedding season is upon us! 💒😍 Currently planning a wedding? From the engagement party to the honeymoon, tips on ho...
04/09/2019

Wedding season is upon us! 💒😍 Currently planning a wedding? From the engagement party to the honeymoon, tips on how NOT to forget #FoodSafety ↓

ATTENTION DOUGHERY COUNTY: Walk-in HIV testing is available at the Dougherty County Health Department EVERY TUESDAY! #Do...
04/08/2019

ATTENTION DOUGHERY COUNTY: Walk-in HIV testing is available at the Dougherty County Health Department EVERY TUESDAY! #DoingIt #HIVTesting #KnowYourStatus #IGotTested #HIVAwareness

CDC
04/08/2019

CDC

CDC and its partners are investigating an outbreak of E. coli O103 infections reported from five states. A specific food item, grocery store, or restaurant chain has not been identified as the source of infections. This investigation is ongoing. If you have symptoms of E. coli (severe stomach cramps, bloody diarrhea, vomiting), talk to your healthcare provider and write down what you ate before you got sick. https://go.usa.gov/xmaKj

Collect and protect important paperwork, including an up-to-date list of prescriptions, and medical and vital records. D...
04/08/2019

Collect and protect important paperwork, including an up-to-date list of prescriptions, and medical and vital records. Don't forget copies of vet records like a rabies certificate for your pets. Learn more: http://ow.ly/UzmB30oeHLP #PrepYourHealth

Spring break has arrived for much of the district and summer is just around the corner. That means it is time for swimmi...
04/07/2019

Spring break has arrived for much of the district and summer is just around the corner. That means it is time for swimming! And while it is easy to believe that chlorine will kill all dangerous germs, that is not always the case. Do you know how to protect yourself and your families and friends from recreational water illnesses.
Learn more on the CDC's website: https://www.cdc.gov/healthywater/swimming/swimmers/rwi.html

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04/06/2019

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People living with HIV and take medication to prevent HIV transmission to their partners. Find out more information at https://www.preventionaccess.org/
#DoingIt #HIVTesting #KnowYourStatus #IGotTested #HIVAwareness

Did you know - bacteria found on raw meats, like Salmonella, can survive on surfaces for up to 32 hours? This includes y...
04/06/2019

Did you know - bacteria found on raw meats, like Salmonella, can survive on surfaces for up to 32 hours? This includes your spices & countertops, too! Be sure to clean surfaces & spice containers often with hot soapy water!

Tomorrow is the day for the free, family-friendly health fair at the Dougherty County Health Department!
04/05/2019

Tomorrow is the day for the free, family-friendly health fair at the Dougherty County Health Department!

Cardiac rehabilitation is an important program for anyone recovering from a heart attack, heart failure, or other heart ...
04/05/2019
Cardiac Rehab

Cardiac rehabilitation is an important program for anyone recovering from a heart attack, heart failure, or other heart problem that required surgery or medical care. Here are 8 ways cardiac rehabilitation can heal your heart. https://bit.ly/2sYC47H #CRSavesLives

Learn who can benefit from cardiac rehab.

Everyone is #DoingItContact your local health department for a free HIV test. #HIVTesting #KnowYourStatus #IGotTested #H...
04/04/2019

Everyone is #DoingIt
Contact your local health department for a free HIV test. #HIVTesting #KnowYourStatus #IGotTested #HIVAwareness

Give lettuce wraps a try! Cook ground chicken, turkey or beef and add in your favorite toppings—carrots, mushrooms, be...
04/04/2019

Give lettuce wraps a try! Cook ground chicken, turkey or beef and add in your favorite toppings—carrots, mushrooms, beans, onions, tomatoes brown rice or quinoa; the possibilities are endless! Recipe idea: https://go.usa.gov/xPCWN

Carbon monoxide (CO) is a silent killer. You can’t see it, smell it, or taste it; yet, there it is any time you burn a...
04/03/2019

Carbon monoxide (CO) is a silent killer. You can’t see it, smell it, or taste it; yet, there it is any time you burn a fossil fuel. Here are 3 ways you can prevent CO poisoning after a disaster: http://ow.ly/ToG530o6Dbf#PrepYourHealth #NPPW19

Teens, save the date for this free event!
04/01/2019

Teens, save the date for this free event!

Cronobacter is a rare germ that can cause serious sickness in young babies. It can live in powdered infant formula, infa...
04/01/2019
Cronobacter Infection

Cronobacter is a rare germ that can cause serious sickness in young babies. It can live in powdered infant formula, infant feeding items, and other places in the environment. Read more about Cronobacter and learn 5 ways to protect your baby: go.usa.gov/x9Sq4

Learn how to protect your baby from getting sick from Cronobacter.

Does your child have special medical healthcare needs? Let CMS be your go-to resource! Call us at 800-430-4212 to learn ...
03/31/2019

Does your child have special medical healthcare needs? Let CMS be your go-to resource! Call us at 800-430-4212 to learn how we can assist you.

An Emergency Action Plan is more than a list of names, contact numbers, and street addresses. Think of it as a user manu...
03/30/2019

An Emergency Action Plan is more than a list of names, contact numbers, and street addresses. Think of it as a user manual for how to stay healthy, informed, and connected in an emergency. Learn more: http://ow.ly/ICYN30nXsSH #PrepYourHealth

Ready to join our Public Health team? The Dougherty County Health Department has an opening for a Public Health RN! The ...
03/29/2019

Ready to join our Public Health team? The Dougherty County Health Department has an opening for a Public Health RN! The application deadline is April 8.

The District Child Health Program for Southwest Health District is seeking a Children’s Medical Services (CMS) Coordin...
03/29/2019

The District Child Health Program for Southwest Health District is seeking a Children’s Medical Services (CMS) Coordinator to manage this important program, which requires travel through the 14-county district. Qualifications are listed on the Job Announcement, as are details about how to apply for the position.

Regular exercise isn't just good for the waistline -- it can also improve everything from mental clarity and focus to yo...
03/29/2019

Regular exercise isn't just good for the waistline -- it can also improve everything from mental clarity and focus to your immune system. https://wb.md/2J4Tvf9

Strawberries galore! Participants at the March 28 nutrition education session at the Dougherty County Health Department ...
03/28/2019

Strawberries galore! Participants at the March 28 nutrition education session at the Dougherty County Health Department got to feast on the tasty berries while learning how to pick their strawberries whether from a garden or a grocery store. They learned different ways the fruits can be used in desserts plus how to make jam and jelly using strawberries, how to look for sales, read nutrition labels and more! The next free Georgia Working on Health event will be April 23!

It is going to take all of us to stop the stigma around surrounding HIV. Learn more at www.cdc.gov/together  #HIVTesting...
03/28/2019

It is going to take all of us to stop the stigma around surrounding HIV. Learn more at www.cdc.gov/together #HIVTesting #KnowYourStatus #IGotTested #HIVAwareness #TalkHIV

Seminole County Health Department has an opening for an Environmental Health Specialist. To learn about qualifications a...
03/27/2019

Seminole County Health Department has an opening for an Environmental Health Specialist. To learn about qualifications and/or other details about the position, please review the Job Announcement. Application deadline is April 8.

Don't forget, tomorrow (March 28) is the day for this free event!
03/27/2019

Don't forget, tomorrow (March 28) is the day for this free event!

Hepatitis A on the rise in GA
03/27/2019
Hepatitis A on the rise in GA

Hepatitis A on the rise in GA

The Dougherty County Department of Health said Hepatitis A is on the rise in Georgia.

Save the date! Blood drive at Dougherty County Health Department March 30! Do you know someone who has never donated bef...
03/27/2019

Save the date! Blood drive at Dougherty County Health Department March 30! Do you know someone who has never donated before? Please encourage them to make an appointment with you. Bring hope and help to patients in need!

CDC
03/26/2019

CDC

The most recent CDC FluView indicates that while outpatient flu illness peaked nationally in February, activity is still high and widespread across much of the country, with an increasing proportion being caused by H3N2 viruses. If you get sick with flu, prompt antiviral treatment can lessen fever and flu symptoms, and shorten the time you are sick by about one day. Antiviral treatment may also prevent serious flu complications. Learn more about flu activity: https://bit.ly/2AfIS02

Early County residents, save the date!
03/26/2019

Early County residents, save the date!

Location does not tell all in counties’ health ranking
03/25/2019
Location does not tell all in counties’ health ranking

Location does not tell all in counties’ health ranking

Among Georgia’s children living in poverty, 54 percent were living in a household that spends more than half of its income on housing. High housing costs make it difficult for

We will be at Albany State University this week offering FREE HIV testing! Don’t miss out! #DoingIt #HIVTesting #KnowY...
03/25/2019

We will be at Albany State University this week offering FREE HIV testing! Don’t miss out! #DoingIt #HIVTesting #KnowYourStatus #IGotTested #HIVAwareness

This is what happens when you stop smoking.
03/24/2019

This is what happens when you stop smoking.

Join the #DoingIt movement. Call your local health department for information about FREE HIV Testing. #HIVTesting #KnowY...
03/22/2019

Join the #DoingIt movement. Call your local health department for information about FREE HIV Testing. #HIVTesting #KnowYourStatus #IGotTested #HIVAwareness #TalkHIV

03/21/2019
CDC

CDC

From the very beginning of your pregnancy, your goal is to keep your baby safe, healthy, and protected.

Make sure you have info about which vaccines are recommended during every pregnancy: http://bit.ly/2JuZ2Mk.

Contact lenses and water don’t mix! Enjoy a splash in the water this spring break without wearing your contacts. Expos...
03/21/2019

Contact lenses and water don’t mix! Enjoy a splash in the water this spring break without wearing your contacts. Exposing your lenses to water can increase the chances for an eye infection. http://go.usa.gov/pjwz

March 20, 2019 is National Native HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (#NNHAAD). Today is an opportunity to increase awareness of the...
03/20/2019

March 20, 2019 is National Native HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (#NNHAAD). Today is an opportunity to increase awareness of the impact of HIV/AIDS on American Indians, Alaska Natives, and Native Hawaiians. National Native HIV/AIDS Awareness Day is an opportunity for Native people and others to create a greater awareness of the risks of HIV/AIDS to their communities; to remember those who have passed; to acknowledge those who are infected and affected by HIV/AIDS; to call for increased resources for testing; and to seek support for increasing treatment and care options.

US National Weather Service Tallahassee Florida
03/20/2019

US National Weather Service Tallahassee Florida

Welcome to Spring! Well...at 5:58PM EDT spring will arrive! The temps this week are just slightly below average with highs in the upper 60s/lower 70s and lows in the mid 40s. Dry weather should continue through at least Monday!

Hepatitis A on the rise in Georgia
03/20/2019
Hepatitis A on the rise in Georgia

Hepatitis A on the rise in Georgia

Georgia Department of Public Health officials are warning about a growing number of Hepatitis A cases arising in the state. While there have been no confirmed cases in Southwest Georgia in the last year, health officials say that they want to keep that number low. “We want residents to be awar...

If your child has special medical healthcare needs, CMS can lend you a hand. Call us at 800-430-4212 to learn how we can...
03/20/2019

If your child has special medical healthcare needs, CMS can lend you a hand. Call us at 800-430-4212 to learn how we can assist you.

A highly contagious liver disease in on the rise in Georgia. Fortunately there is a vaccine that can prevent it. The vac...
03/19/2019

A highly contagious liver disease in on the rise in Georgia. Fortunately there is a vaccine that can prevent it. The vaccine is safe, affordable and available at your county health department.

Have you heard of PrEP? When taken daily, it can reduce the risk of HIV by up to 90%. Ask your healthcare provider about...
03/19/2019

Have you heard of PrEP? When taken daily, it can reduce the risk of HIV by up to 90%. Ask your healthcare provider about it or contact (229)- 638-6424 ext. 7763. #DoingIt #HIVTesting #KnowYourStatus #IGotTested #HIVAwareness

HIV testing is for EVERYONE! Call (229) 638-6424 ext. 7763 to find out how you can get a FREE HIV TEST!  #DoingIt #HIVTe...
03/18/2019

HIV testing is for EVERYONE! Call (229) 638-6424 ext. 7763 to find out how you can get a FREE HIV TEST! #DoingIt #HIVTesting #KnowYourStatus #IGotTested #HIVAwareness

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1109 N Jackson St
Albany, GA
31701

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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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