Healthy people, families, and communities.



We will be Closed Memorial Day

All our District and County Public Health facilities and programs in Cherokee, Fannin, Gilmer, Murray, Pickens, and Whitfield counties will be CLOSED on Monday, May 29th, in observance of Memorial Day. MAKO Medical Drive-thru COVID-19 testing in Dalton will also be closed that day. All normal operating hours will resume on Tuesday. Please Remember and Honor.

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This is an update to the Georgia WIC Approved Milk-Based or Soy Infant Formula Powder Reference Guide that the Georgia Department of Public Health released on February 21, 2023:

Beginning June 1, 2023, temporarily approved nonstandard container sizes of contract formulas and the Enfamil NeuroPro product line will no longer be eligible for the WIC program.   Enfamil Infant, Enfamil Gentlease and Enfamil Prosobee Simply Plant Based powder in the standard WIC size cans are available for purchase with WIC benefits.  For more information, please see the formula guide below (can be clicked and downloaded), and click here to learn about all WIC services in our area on our North Georgia WIC page.

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Nurses receive Walt Orenstein Award 2023 on behalf of North GA Health DistOur public health nurses from district and county levels who received the 2023 Walt Orenstein Immunization Championship Award on behalf of the North Georgia Health District are pictured from left to right: Jennifer Vick, Krystal Sumner, and LeighAnn Dover of the Gilmer County Health Department; district Immunization Coordinator, Robin Coffey; and Doreen Andrew, Cyndi Lopez, and Karen Mathis of the Cherokee County Health Department.

North, GA – The North Georgia Health District was recently honored with the 2023 Walt Orenstein Immunization Champions Award at the Immunize Georgia Conference hosted by the Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH) in Atlanta. The award recognizes outstanding leadership and impact in immunizing Georgians, and this marks the fifth time the North Georgia Health District received this prestigious honor.

Based in Dalton, the North Georgia Health District oversees public health in Cherokee, Fannin, Gilmer, Murray, Pickens, and Whitfield counties. The district was recognized specifically for the staff's unwavering commitment to ensuring vaccinations are easily accessible and available to all residents, regardless of their ability to pay. The district's seven health department locations and two Ryan White Clinics work together to evaluate each patient's immunizations using the Georgia Registry of Immunization Transactions (GRITS).

In addition to providing vaccinations in the clinics, the staff works in schools, businesses, colleges, nursing homes, drug rehabilitation centers, and prisons to ensure access to vaccinations and education. A relevant example was their response to the recent mpox (monkeypox) epidemic when they developed a vaccination campaign targeting at-risk populations, providing free vaccines to those who reported being at risk. They also set up private clinics to meet vaccine demand and sent staff to local centers where possible virus exposures may have existed.

The commitment to providing easily accessible vaccines has been particularly notable in the North Georgia Health District during the COVID-19 pandemic. Walk-in clinics that do not require appointments for no-cost COVID-19 vaccines at the health departments have simplified getting these vaccines for residents. Plus, district and county staff organized COVID-19 vaccine clinics at various locations in each community.

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National Nurses Week, May 6 – 12, is the perfect time to give thanks to our dedicated public health nurses who strive each day to help residents in each of our North Georgia communities live happier, healthier lives. We are grateful for everything they do! Click the health services below that our nurses are instrumental in providing at public health facilities in Cherokee, Fannin, Gilmer, Murray, Pickens, and Whitfield counties.

Babies Can't Wait

General Nursing Services

Breast and Cervical Cancer Screening

Newborn Screening

Children 1st

Prenatal Care

Children's Medical Services

Presumptive Eligibility

Children's Dental Health

Perinatal Case Management

Family Planning

Sexually Transmitted Disease (STD) Services

Health Education Services

HIV Prevention


Well Child

Infectious Diseases