North Central Health District


About Us

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Public Health is Our Passion

North Central Health District (NCHD) is part of the Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH) and serves a population of over 530,000 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 Mission

NCHD is dedicated to preventing disease; promoting health; preparing for and responding to public health emergencies through education, service, advocacy, and collaboration.

NCHD Vision

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

NCHD Values

  • Collaboration – We initiate and foster partnerships by sharing information, resources, and ideas to improve health outcomes.
  • Diversity & Inclusion – We value diversity and inclusion in our workforce and in the communities we serve. We respect the role they play in providing culturally appropriate services that address health disparities.
  • Integrity – We provide science-based information and exhibit professionalism while carrying out the principles of the ethical practice of public health.
  • Quality – We apply evidence-based practices that deliver excellent programs and services to create an environment in which public health continuously improves.
  • Service – We are responsive to the health needs of our communities and to the provision of accessible and equitable services by a dedicated workforce.

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
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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

Title Staff Member
District Health Director (Acting) Thomas Craft, MD
District Public Health Nursing & Clinical Director Judy McChargue, RN
District Financial Administrator Sylvia Woodford, BAA, MBA
Director of Human Resources Marilyn Middlebrooks
Director of Development & Special Projects Morris Hutcheson, CPA
District Program Manager Karen Ebey-Tessendorf, MPH
Director of Epidemiology, Community Assessment & Research Initiatives Amber Erickson, DrPH, MPH
District Environmental Health Director Carla Coley, REHS
District Emergency Preparedness Director Laurice Bentley
Nutrition Services Director Nancy Jeffrey, MPH
District Public Information Officer Michael Hokanson

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