I must confess something to you. Before I began working for the Grafton-Taylor County Health Department (GTCHD) I thought that the summation of the health department’s work was administering flu shots, children’s immunizations, tetanus shots after a flood, and food service inspections. Boy, was I wrong!
Over the past year, I have fielded numerous questions regarding what services we provide and how our citizens can get the assistance they need.
The GTCHD operates four main sections: Public Health, Home Health, Environmental, and Threat Preparedness. Because of the vast array of services we provide, I’m going to break our programs down into several articles. To begin, let’s talk about our Public Health section.
GTCHD Public Health staff have served generations of Taylor County residents with their medical needs ranging from adult and childhood vaccines to breast and cervical cancer screenings.
Our Public Health clinical staff can assist you with:
Childhood & Adult Immunizations – vaccine services include all recommended childhood vaccines and routine adult vaccines.
Women’s Health – Whether you are considering birth control options, planning a pregnancy or experiencing menopause you are welcome in our clinic. Breast and cervical screenings are provided, as well as STD screening. Our monthly Family Planning Clinic services are available at no cost or at low cost to those who qualify.
We also participate in the WV Breast & Cervical Cancer Screening Program (BCCSP), providing clinical breast exams, mammogram referrals, and PAP tests for eligible women, as well as diagnostic testing for women whose screening outcome is abnormal.
STD/HIV – Free and confidential STD and HIV screening and treatments are offered regardless of income or insurance status. Screenings are available by appointment.
Communicable Diseases – The Grafton-Taylor County Health Department houses several programs that focus on the prevention, surveillance, and control of infectious diseases. We are committed to leading the charge in addressing the ever-changing health priorities and challenges that face Taylor County. To reach that end, the GTCHD works to: improve health security by preparing for, detecting, rapidly responding to, and preventing health threats – including global disease threats, like the Zika Virus, antimicrobial resistance, and foodborne illness.
Our clinical staff also provides free blood pressure screenings, blood sugar screenings - $10, cholesterol screenings - $10, free pregnancy testing, sports physicals, plus much more.
We accept numerous insurance plans, including Blue Cross Blue Shield, Champ VA, Healthsmart PEIA, Humana, Medicare Part A, Health Plan, etc.
I hope that this article has aided in informing you of some of the activities undertaken by the staff of the Grafton-Taylor County Health Department in our mission to help develop and maintain healthy habits and lifestyles within our communities and to ensure that our citizenry is protected through environmentally safe surroundings.
For more information on the programs offered at the Grafton-Taylor County Health Department, please call 304-265-1288 or visit our new website at www.GTCHDWV.org.
The Grafton-Taylor County Health Department is featured in the Mountain Statesman every Wednesday in the Editorial section.