Rhea County Health Department Services
Baby and Me Tobacco Free
An incentive-based, smoking cessation program created to reduce the burden of tobacco use on the pregnant and postpartum population. Those eligible to participate include pregnant women living in Tennessee who use tobacco products and would like to quit smoking. 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
Children’s Special Services (CSS)/Help Us Grow Stronger (HUGS)
- CSS — Medical services coordinated by a social worker for children with special health care needs who are under 21 years of age and who meet both program diagnostic and financial guidelines.
- HUGS — Home visiting and care coordination program for pregnant and postpartum women, infants, and young children with the goals of promoting healthy pregnancies to ensure positive outcomes, assisting clients and families in accessing health care and other social and educational services, and providing individualized education regarding pregnancy, growth, development, and parenting education. Eligible persons include pregnant/postpartum women and children birth through five years old.
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 Breast & Cervical Cancer 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 from 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.