The Women’s Health program includes the following services: Family Planning, Perinatal Case Management, Pregnancy Related Services and Breast and Cervical Cancer Screening
Family Planning services are designed to support families in planning and spacing their children and to improve the health of women so that with pregnancy the potential for a healthy outcome for the mother and child is improved. Comprehensive health care services are provided to women requesting contraception, preconceptional counseling/appraisals, treatment of sexually transmitted diseases, nutritional counseling and numerous other services related to promoting the health of women.
Perinatal Case Management For Dougherty and Thomas Counties only – connects low-income pregnant women to health care providers for prenatal care, assists the expectant mother with obtaining the services of a pediatrician in preparation for delivery and follows an established plan with periodic reassessments to identify support services needed throughout the pregnancy.
Breast & Cervical Cancer Screening provides physical examinations, mammography and/or Pap smear screening and follow-up evaluations to a target population of women 40-64 years of age who meet the low-income financial criteria.
STD – Sexually Transmitted Disease Program – Oversees testing, treatment and management of common STD’s in local health departments. The program also oversees treatment protocol orders, conducts program audit and quality improvement services in all clinics.
Director of Women’s Health: Cynthia Walters……………………………………..(229) 430-1738
STD Nurse: Alice Rodman…………………………………………(229) 430-7870
Breast and Cervical Cancer Program Coordinator:Norma Evans………………………………………..(229) 430-7870
Birth Control & Family Planning
The Southwest Health District provides low- and no cost women’s health and family planning services to women of all ages, regardless of income, at our 14 county health departments. Services are also provided at the Farmworker Clinics. Although parental permission for teens is not required, we encourage you to involve your parents in the decision process when using our services.
· Birth Control services: Nexplanon implant, Liletta, Mirena & ParaGard IUD, Depo shot, the Pill, the Ring and Condoms
· Education and access to Long-Acting Reversible Contraception (LARC)
· Confidential visits
· Women’s preventative health exams
· Health education and counseling, including information regarding abstinence
· Pregnancy testing and counseling
· Screening for sexually transmitted infections and HIV
· Cervical and breast cancer screening
Affordable Birth Control Methods:
Liletta, Mirena or ParaGard IUD
Oral contraceptive pills
Condoms are ALWAYS FREE
Cost for Services:
Women’s health and family planning services are no charge for teens and very low-cost (based on income) for adult women and men. Condoms are always free at all health departments
Planning Your Visit
Most services are available on a walk-in anytime basis during clinic hours. If you prefer, a same or specific day appointment can be scheduled. At the time of your visit, you will be asked about your household income and family size, but proof of income is not required to receive care.