South West Georgia Public Health


Health Departments

Early County - Child Health

The Child Health Program includes the following programs and services: Children 1st, Early Hearing Detection and Intervention, Babies Can’t Wait, Children’s Medical Services, and Early and Periodic Screening, Diagnostic and Treatment (EPSDT) Services (also known as Health Check):

Children 1st (C1st) is a population-based system in the State of Georgia, designed to serve as an entry point into all public health services for children, birth – 5 years old. Children 1st facilitates early identification of at-risk children and links them with early intervention services, as well as other public health services and community based resources.

Early Hearing Detection and Intervention (EHDI) includes screening for hearing loss in the birthing hospital; referral of those who do not pass the hospital screening for rescreening; for newborns who do not pass the rescreening referral for diagnostic audiological evaluation; and, linkage to appropriate intervention for those babies diagnosed with hearing loss.

Babies Can’t Wait Early Intervention (BCW) provides a coordinated, comprehensive and integrated system of services for infants and toddlers with special needs, birth to 3 and their families by early identification and screening of children with developmental delays and chronic health conditions and to improve the developmental potential of infants and toddlers birth to age 3, with developmental or chronic health conditions.

Children’s Medical Services (CMS) ensures that there is a community-based, coordinated, family focused, culturally appropriate, comprehensive system of quality specialty health care services available for Georgia’s children with chronic medical conditions from birth to 21 years of age and live in low income households. CMS works to provide improved health outcomes for children with special health care needs by coordinating their access to affordable quality specialty health care in our communities and by using the resources in a responsible manner.

The Early and Periodic Screening, Diagnostic, and Treatment (EPSDT) benefit includes a comprehensive array of preventive, diagnostic, and treatment services for Medicaid eligible infants, children and adolescents under age 21. The EPSDT benefit is also available to PeachCare for Kids® members up to 19 years of age. The EPSDT benefit is designed to assure that children receive early detection and care, so that health problems are averted or diagnosed and treated as early as possible. The goal of the EPSDT benefit is to assure that individual children get the health care they need when they need it.

All program directors can be reached at (800) 430-4212

Program Director/Coordinators
Director of Child Health:            Daneta Kegler………………………………………….(229) 430-4213

Children’s Medical Services
(CMS) Coordinator:            Sherry Holman …………………………………………(229) 430-4585

Early Intervention/Babies Can’t Wait
(BCW) Coordinator:           Sharonda Barlow………………………………………..(229) 420-1148

Children’s 1st (C1st) Coordinator:     Laura Edwards …………………………………………(229) 430-4310

Early Hearing Detection and Intervention
(EHDI) Coordinator:           Wanda Jones …………………………………………..(229) 430-0666