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The Florida Department of Health works to protect, promote, and improve the health of all people in Florida through integrated state, county, and community efforts.

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Community Health Services

Florida Department of Health Gulf County

  •  (850) 227-1276

    Mailing Address

    2475 Garrison Ave 

    Port Saint Joe, Florida 32456 


Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) 

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Women, Infants, and Children (WIC)

WIC Provides:

  • Nutrition education
  • Healthy foods at no cost
  • Breastfeeding classes, support and breast pump loans
  • Breastfeeding Hotline 850-747-5775
  • Farmer’s market coupons during the growing season
  • Referrals for health care

What Do I need to Bring to My First Appointment:

  • Bring ALL family members applying for WIC including all infants and children under 5 years of age.
  • Bring proof of ALL income (before taxes and deductions) received by ALL persons living in your household, such as:
  • Paycheck Stubs for the last month
  • Child Support Income Document.
  • Unemployment or Worker's Compensation Document
  • Military Leave and Earnings Statement.
  • Income Tax Documents (can only accept these during the months of January and February for current tax reporting period).
  • If you receive Medicaid, Food Stamps or TANF, bring your current Notice of Case Action.

Bring Proof of Identification, such as:

  • Valid Driver's License
  • Current Military ID
  • Birth Certificate
  • Hospital Records or Crib Card for new babies
  • Social Security Card
  • Immunization Record
  • Passport

Bring Proof of wher you live, such as:

  • Utility bill - electric or phone
  • Housing or Rental Agreement
  • Bank/Insurance Statement

Bay County WIC will be in PORT ST. JOE the 2nd Friday of each month and in WEWAHITCHKA the 1st and 3rd Friday of each month.

To Schedule an appointment or for more information: Please call Bay County WIC at 850-872-4666.

To review the non-discrimination statement visit:


If you suspect someone is misusing or abusing WIC program benefits, please call Toll-Free 1-855-283-5135.

Healthy Start 

The Healthy Start Program is an exciting and worthwhile program that is available to pregnant women, infants and children up to the age of three.

Our goal is to reduce infant mortality, reduce the number of low birth weight infants, and improve health and developmental outcomes through education and services. We assure that the all of the needs of our clients are met throughout their pregnancy and help each infant to start a healthy life.

Our services include:

  • Breastfeeding Education
  • Car Seat Safety Classes
  • Certified Lactation Counselors
  • Childbirth Education and Classes
  • Home visits to help assess your needs, provide prenatal education and parenting skills
  • Inter-Conceptual Counseling and Education
  • Pregnancy Medicaid Information
  • Psychosocial Services
  • Referrals to receive additional medical care
  • Referrals for WIC
  • Smoking Cessation Education
  • Transportation Information and Assistance


If you or someone you know is interested in the Healthy Start program, please call (850) 227-1276, ext. 6111.


Healthy Families 

Healthy Families is a nationally accredited family support and coaching program that helps parents provide the safe and stable environments children need for healthy growth and development.

Our home visitors:

  • Provide the latest information about child development
  • Provide activities to support healthy child development
  • Screen children for developmental delays
  • Help parents learn ways to reduce everyday stress
  • Teach positive parenting skills
  • Help parents set and reach personal and family goals
  • Connect families to other community services they may want and need

To find out if you are eligible for this FREE program, call 850-653-2111 or visit Healthy Families Florida.

School Health 

The School Health Services Program is a component of the public health system that provides basic health services to all public school students.  All 67 counties provide basic school health services. 

These services include:

  • Health Appraisals
  • Nursing Assessments
  • Child-Specific Training
  • Preventative Dental Screenings and Services
  • Vision and Hearing Screenings
  • Scoliosis Screenings
  • Growth and Development Screenings
  • Health Counseling
  • Referral and Follow-up of suspected or confirmed health problems
  • First aid and Emergency Health Services
  • Assistance with Medication Administration
  • Health Care Procedures for students with chronic or acute health conditions

The goal of school health services is to ensure that students are healthy, in school, and ready to learn.

For more information please visit School Health Services Program.