Rhea County Health Department Services
GIFTS (Growing Inside Free Of Tobacco & Smoking)
An incentive-based, smoking cessation counseling program for pregnant individuals and their partners. Contact the Rhea County Health Department to enroll today.
Well baby/child exams, Early Periodic Screening Diagnosis and Treatment (EPSDT) exams, are provided to children 20 years and younger. For more information visit
Chant (Community Health Access and Navigation in Tennessee)
- CHANT (Community, Health, Access, and Navigation in TN) is a free, voluntary care coordination service that assists families in identifying resources in their community to meet medical or social needs. Those eligible for CHANT are pregnant/postpartum, children ages 0-21 years, and children with special healthcare needs. Contact the Rhea County Health Department for more information.
Communicable Disease Screening
Sexually Transmitted Diseases which include confidential testing, treatment, and contact follow up including HIV/AIDS. Tuberculosis skin testing is provided to persons assessed to be at-risk for tuberculosis. Medication is provided at no cost to suspected, active, and latent cases. Contacts to suspected or known cases are notified, tested and treated as needed.
Education, counseling, physical exams, and birth control methods are provided at RCHD by a physician one day per week. Breast and Cervical Cancer Screening (BCS) is also provided for qualified individuals. View eligibility requirements for the Tennessee Breast and Cervical Screening Program.
Food and General Sanitation
The environmentalist inspects existing food service establishments and reviews plans for prospective ones. Inspections are also conducted on hotels, motels, public swimming pools, bed and breakfasts, childcare facilities and school cafeterias.
Health education activities are provided that focuses attention on lifestyle choices that result in positive differences for at-risk groups.
Immunizations are provided for infants, children, and adults. Contact RCHD for eligibility requirements based on your insurance status.
Women, Infants, and Children (WIC)
WIC is a federal program designed to provide supplemental food to income eligible pregnant, postpartum, and breast feeding women, infants, and children until the age of five. The program provides a combination of nutrition education, supplemental foods, and breast feeding promotion and support. View Current Income Guidelines for the WIC Program.
- Birth Certificates — Certified copies of birth certificates for birth occurring in Tennessee frhttp://www.rheacountytn.com/wic.pdfom 1949 to present can be obtained at RCHD. The price of a birth certificate is $15.00 per copy.
- Death Certificates — Certified copies of death certificates may be obtained from RCHD if the death was pronounced in Rhea County. RCHD maintains records of death for six years. The price of a death certificate is $15.00 per copy.
- Voluntary Acknowledgement of Paternity — Service provided to parents to establish legal paternity of child. For eligibility information, please contact the Rhea County Health Department.