North Central Health District


About Us



North Central Health District (NCHD) is part of the Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH) and serves a population of 520,905 individuals residing in 13 Central Georgia counties: Baldwin, Bibb, Crawford, Hancock, Houston, Jasper, Jones, Monroe, Peach, Putnam, Twiggs, Washington and Wilkinson.

Each county has a health department, overseen by a County Board of Health and led by the District Health Director (DHD). The district office, also led by the DHD, serves as an administrative hub for all 13 counties and houses public health programs that serve all counties. Each Health Department offers programs and services for the residents of the county. Please select a county from the drop down list at the top right corner to see more information about your County Health Department, or view the NCHD County Population Map.

NCHD Vision
Leaders in innovative and effective public health practices that advance the health and well-being of all the communities we serve.

NCHD Mission
NCHD is dedicated to preventing disease, promoting health, and protecting Central Georgia communities against health threats through education, service, advocacy, and collaboration.

NCHD Values

  • Quality: We apply evidence based practices that deliver excellent programs and services.
  • Service: We are responsive to the health needs of our communities and to the provision of services by a dedicated workforce.
  • Diversity: We value diversity in our workforce and in the communities we serve and respect the role it plays in providing culturally appropriate services that address health disparities.
  • Integrity: We act with integrity, provide credible information based in science, and are accountable for our actions.
  • Collaboration: We initiate and foster partnerships by sharing information, resources, and ideas to improve health outcomes.


Address and Contact Information

NCHD’s district office is located in downtown Macon on the Northwest corner of Walnut St. and Second St.

North Central Health District
201 Second Street, Suite 1100
Macon, GA 31201
Directions and hotel information

Office hours: M – F, 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Phone: 478-751-6303
Fax: 478-751-6099
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Our Leadership Team

Interim District Health Director Olugbenga O. Obasanjo, M.D.
Deputy District Health Director Karen Ebey-Tessendorf, MPH
District Human Resources Director Marsha W. Stone
District Public Health Nursing & Clinical Director Anita Barkin, RN, FNP, Dr.PH
District Administrator Morris Hutcheson, CPA
Director of Epidemiology and Assessment Amber Erickson, MPH
District Environmental Health Director Carla Coley
District Emergency Preparedness Director Laurice Bentley
District Child Health Coordinator Ethel Higgins, MSW, LADC
Nutrition Services Director Nancy Jeffrey, MPH
District Public Information Officer Michael Hokanson

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Public Documents

Job Openings at the North Central Health District

                        NCHD Public Health Nurses All postings are listed on this website and the instructions on how to apply are in each link. Please see below for any available job openings at this time. JOB ANNOUNCEMENTS OPEN TO PUBLIC                                  Environmental Health Specialist I or… Read More


North Central Health District – District Office 201 Second Street Suite 1100 Macon, GA  31201 Get Directions Baldwin County Health Department 953 Barrows Ferry Road Milledgeville, GA 31061 Get Directions Crawford County Health Department 141 McCrary Avenue Roberta, GA 31078 Get Directions Hancock County Health Department 516 Boland Street Sparta, GA 31087 Get Directions Houston… Read More

Message From the Director

Public health is involved in the everyday lives of all of us. Our challenges are to protect and improve the health of families and communities by promoting healthy lifestyles, prevention of infectious diseases, insure a healthy environment, and injury prevention. By providing education, clinical services, environmental regulations, family planning services, child health and nutritional assistance,… Read More


**FOR NURSING STUDENT INFORMATION CLICK HERE!** All other applicants see below for internship and volunteer information. SUMMER AND FALL 2017 INTERNSHIP APPLICATIONS ARE CLOSED. SPRING 2018 APPLICATIONS WILL OPEN IN EARLY SEPTEMBER 2017. Thank you for your interest in field experience at the North Central Health District! We ask that all prospective students complete our internship… Read More

Board of Health

The North Central Health District (NCHD) includes thirteen counties in central Georgia.  Each county has a Board of Health as defined by Title 31-3 of the Official Code of Georgia Annotated. The primary roles of the Boards of Health are to assess the needs of the community, provide policy guidance, and exercise general oversight of… Read More

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