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Local health departments offer a variety of services designed to promote the best possible health for Virginia's citizens. Some services are free, some are based on income level, and others require payment rates set by the Virginia State Board of Health. Not all services are available for all locations.

Please contact your local health department for more information

The following programs focus on strengthening the health of families and communities:
Adult Immunizations for disease prevention and foreign travel are available at each office.  Please contact your nearest office for more information.

Baby Care is a home-visiting, case management program providing nursing assessment, medical and social referrals for high risk pregnant women and infants up to the age of two.

Cardiovascular Risk Reduction Project provides heart disease risk screenings regularly at each health department office; at worksites, and other community locations through the Health Works program’s mobile medical unit (See Health Works)

Care Connection for Children is a statewide network of centers of excellence for children with special health care needs.

Children's Immunizations The Virginia Vaccines For Children Program provides the vaccines necessary for children from birth to 18 years of age to protect against childhood illnesses.  Those required for children entering school for the first time are free.  Fees for other vaccines are based on a sliding scale for eligible children.

Communicable Disease Health department offices provide assistance and referral for treatment of sexually transmitted diseases; free, confidential HIV testing and counseling (HIV/STD/Viral Hepatitis Hotline: 1-800-533-4148)(Anonymous Testing Sites: Abingdon & surrounding area 1-276-628-9255, Wytheville and surrounding area 1-276-228-9629; surveillance and investigation of disease outbreaks, and assistance for those exposed to Tuberculosis. 

Dental Services are provided in approximately half of Virginia's localities to pre-school and school age children who meet eligibility requirements. Eligibility for these services may be determined by school lunch status and/or family income. Dental services are available at health department clinic or at dental trailers placed on school property. Please check with for further information.

Environmental Health Services protect the public’s health by engaging in a wide variety of inspection, permitting, and testing services, including:

  • Drinking Water Inspection, Permitting, and Surveillance
  • Food Establishment Sanitation – check out your favorite restaurant’s latest inspection results by going to
  • Insect and Rodent Control
  • Institutional Sanitation
  • Migrant Labor Camp Sanitation
  • Milk Sanitation
  • Rabies Prevention and Control
  • Sewage Disposal Sanitation
  • Tourist Establishment Sanitation
    For more information: Environmental Protection

Family Planning provides physical exams and contraceptive supplies for men and women, pregnancy testing, education and counseling, and testing of and treatment for sexually transmitted diseases and other vaginal infections.  All records are confidential.

Health Education offers education information, referral, and resource assistance for a wide variety of health issues.  Education materials are provided in health fairs, wellness screenings, community locations, and for groups requesting specific topics:  

Health Works is on the road to you for better health!  The mobile medical unit began operation last summer and is available to provide onsite health screenings for workplaces and other community organizations. 

Occupational Health & Safety offers education on various topics including: Bloodborne Pathogen Training, Slips, Trips, and Falls, Hygiene, Ergonomics, Hearing Conservation, and Personal Protective Equipment. Additional topics can be made available based upon specific needs.  Consultation is also available regarding Worker’s Compensation, light duty, and other related issues.  Please contact:  or

Plan First is a Medicaid program that pays for birth control and family planning services for women and men, and includes birth control, sexually transmitted infection checks, pap smears and sterilizations.

Pre-Admission Nursing Home Screenings are performed in-home by a public health nurse and adult services social worker for patients needing assessment of care level needed and as a pre-requisite of nursing home placement.  Please contact your local health department office:

Resource Mothers is an in-home visiting program matches experienced mothers with pregnant teenagers to help provide guidance as they make the adjustment to motherhood.

Smoke Free Babies  is a new an incentive-based education program for pregnant women who smoke about the hazards of smoking during pregnancy and the dangers of secondhand smoke to their children.  This program is currently available in Smyth and Washington counties and the city of Bristol, and is funded by the CJ Foundation for SIDS.   For more information, please contact:

WIC (Women’s Infants and Children’s) provides nutrition education, breastfeeding promotion, and food vouchers to improve the health of women, infants, and children under the age of five years.  To learn more, please contact your local health department:

Last Updated: 12-09-2014

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