Local health departments continue to offer important services to help keep communities healthy

Published 10:47 pm Monday, May 16, 2022

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During the COVID-19 pandemic, health departments across the state have offered COVID-19 services including testing and vaccine. As we continue our ongoing pandemic response, the Tennessee Department of Health wants to remind citizens that additional public health services are available.

“We live in the communities we serve, and we are very proud to offer many different health services to the children and adults in our community,” said Caroline Chinouth, Carter County Health Department Director. “Our dedicated staff continue working every day to improve the overall health and prosperity of people in Carter County.”

Health departments offer many health services, including primary care and family planning for the insured, uninsured, underinsured, or enrolled in TennCare.

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Primary Care: Please note this service varies by county
Medical staff are available for diagnosing and treating acute and chronic illnesses, and also provide health screening services.

Family Planning:
Services include a complete physical exam and all appropriate lab tests. Patients are also taught about reproductive health and family planning options.

Services offered include:
• Required/Recommended immunizations — Immunizations against polio, diphtheria, whooping cough, tetanus, measles, mumps, rubella, meningitis, hepatitis B, flu and pneumonia, HPV
• Vital Records — Birth/death certificates
• Child Health — Physical exams, screening tests and immunizations
• Women, Infants and Children (WIC) — Vouchers for women who are pregnant or breastfeeding and children under five years of age at risk of poor growth, breastfeeding classes/support to all new mothers and nutrition tips.
• Prenatal — Pregnancy testing, presumptive eligibility screening for Medicaid, referral for prenatal care
• Dental Services — (Varies by county) Dental services for pregnant women, children under the age of 21 enrolled in TennCare, uninsured children and emergency care, limited continued dental care for uninsured adults
• TennCare Outreach — Services to families and individuals who may be eligible for TennCare

Contact your local health department for more information by calling (423) 543-2521.
Carter County Health Department, 403 East G Street, Elizabethton, TN 37643.