The Ben Hill County Health
Department serves the entire population in the county. Our services are
available to everyone regardless of age, race, religion, national
origin, political belief, disability or sex. We charge only minimal fees
for our services, and some services have adjusted fee scales based on
ability to pay. Health care services will be provided even if someone is
unable to pay. Medicaid and Medicare are also accepted forms of payment.
Our mission is to promote and protect the health of
people in Georgia wherever they live, work and play. We unite with
individuals, families and communities to improve their health and
enhance their quality of life.
We do this by:
- developing sound health policies and plans
- monitoring and assessing community health
status and needs
- creating partnerships with communities and
- providing personal and population-based
services and education
- enforcing laws and regulations that protect
health and safety
- providing population-based data, vital
statistics and registries
- gathering information through surveillance
- disseminating wellness and health
- evaluating our effectiveness, accessibility
and quality of services
- assuring a competent, sensitive and
responsive public health work force
- providing a public health laboratory
- carrying out research for innovative
solutions to public health problems
Our services are available to
everyone, regardless of age, race, religion, national origin, political
belief, disability or sex. We charge only minimal fees for our services,
and some services have adjusted fee scales based on ability to pay.
Health care services will be provided even if someone is unable to pay.
Medicaid and Medicare are also accepted forms of payment for covered
Through this service inspections are provided to insure the safety of
septic tanks, well water, restaurants, tourist facilities and public
Ben Hill County Health Department strives to educate the people of our
community with information regarding health. These services are
available to individuals, community groups, churches and schools.
Information is delivered by nurses, nutritionists, health educators and
other qualified staff members.
Family Planning Services
Assists families in planning their pregnancies by providing education,
physical exams, lab work and contraceptives. This program is eligible to
all women of reproductive age and fees are based on income.
Immunizations, blood tests, hearing, vision, and dental screenings,
tuberculosis screenings, cancer screenings, blood pressure and blood
sugar screenings, head lice checks and pregnancy tests are all available
through General Nursing.
Immunizations are available for all ages with an emphasis on infants up
to three years of age. At your request, the Ben Hill County Health
Department will also provide adult flu shots and pneumonia vaccines
on-site at your business.
Infectious Disease Program
Follow-up is provided for individuals who had a communicable disease
such as tuberculosis, meningitis, hepatitis or others. Contact
investigation is included.
Ben Hill County Health Department provides technical assistance to the
school health nurse to provide health care to children in the schools’
clinics on an as needed basis. School health services also include
scoliosis screening, immunizations and hearing and vision testing.
Sexually Transmitted Disease
If an individual suspects that he or she has a sexually transmitted
disease, physical exams, lab tests, treatment and follow-up is provided
through the STD program. Counseling and testing for persons who are at
risk for contracting the HIV virus is also available. Follow up
services are available to persons with HIV/AIDS upon request. Ben Hill
County shares a Communicable Disease Specialist with other counties and
these services are available as needed.
Sickle Cell Screening and
This program serves ages birth to 21 years with medical screening and
education about sickle cell disease and other abnormal blood disorders.
Contact your physician or the Ben Hill County Health Department for a
Community Health Planning
A service that provides health data for the purpose of analyzing each
local community’s strengths and future health needs.
Tracks trends in maternal and infant mortality and morbidity, working
with the community to address the problem.
Travelers of all ages can receive immunizations and health care
information based on the latest CDC recommendations through the Lowndes
County Health Department. LCHD is an approved Yellow Fever Vaccination
Sweet Dreams provides diabetes education and services to adult type 2
diabetics with a special focus on high risk groups including African
Americans and Hispanics. Services provided include self management
education classes, individual and group nutrition counseling, and
medication and diabetic testing supply assistance.
For Women and
Breast & Cervical Cancer
Provides education and screening for breast and cervical cancer in women
aged 40 – 64, including diagnostic follow up if indicated at no cost to
Children with Special Needs
A unit of programs working together to provide family-centered services
to newborns through age 21 years who have or are at risk to develop
medical conditions and/or significant developmental delays.
Provides for the screening of lead, medical and/or developmental
problems in children. Medicaid covers from infancy to the 21st birthday
and PeachCare covers up to age 19.
This program is composed of Prenatal Case Management (PCM), and
Pregnancy Related Services (PRS). Helps pregnant women identify their
needs for the delivery of a healthy baby and creates a plan to address