The Chronic Disease program was established to prevent outgoing
death of the top three causes of death in Georgia. Up to 62 percent of all deaths
in Georgia are caused by cardiovascular disease, cancer and stroke. Action is
taken by concentrating on the prevention or delaying development of chronic
diseases and their complications. Health education and health promotion efforts
are designed to result in organized community efforts aimed at the prevention
of disease and promotion of health. In their mission for the prevention of disease
the Newton County Health Department allows Vaccines for Children through providers
to immunize eligible children for a nominal administration fee.
WIC benefits are available to eligible pregnant or postpartum
women, infants, and children up to the age of 5 years. Eligible participants
must have an income at or below 185% of US Poverty Income Guidelines; be a state
resident; and be at nutritional or medical risk, as determined by a health professional.
WIC provides these services: Nutrition assessment, health screening, medical
history, body measurement, hemoglobin check, nutrition education, breast-feeding
support and education, and vouchers for food supplements.
Perinatal Health Services is a state funded program that pays
for the prenatal care of mothers that do not qualify for health insurance or
Medicaid The program provides in-home health assessments and teaching for women
who have recently delivered a baby. A physical assessment is done on both the
mother and baby followed by education on breastfeeding, SIDS reduction, infant
feeding, well-child routine care, and family planning.
County Health Department
8203 Hazelbrand Rd NE, Covington, GA 30014
Phone: (770) 786-9086