Gulf County Department of Health

Gulf County Department of Health

2475 Garrison Avenue
Port Saint Joe, FL 32456



About Public Health:

The role of public health is to promote and protect the health and safety of all Floridians. This is accomplished by:

  • identifying health risks in the community;
  • maintaining a safe and healthful environment;
  • detecting, investigating, and preventing the spread of disease;
  • promoting health lifestyles;
  • providing primary care for individuals with limited access to such care from the private sector; and ensuring that health care practitioners meet the requirements for proving adequate care;
  • informing the public on health issues

Roles of Public Health:

Florida’s public health and related agencies take on three main roles:

  • Health Protection – Environmental conditions, some occurring naturally and other manmade, have an effect upon the well-being of Florida’s inhabitants. These effects are often of such magnitude and complexity that only government can mount an adequate response. Contamination of the air, ground, water, and food may cause disease or death. Public health tries to prevent or contain such contamination.
  • Health Promotion and Disease Prevention – Prevention is the key to success in public health.
    • Health promotion and education programs are designed to inform individuals about positive ways in which they can preserve or restore their own
      • health-smoking cessation
      • moderation in alcohol consumption
      • proper diet and exercise
      • wearing seat belts, etc.
    • Disease intervention programs work to stop the transmission of diseases from a carrier to other by
      • immunizing people against certain diseases
      • treating new cases as they occur and isolating carriers is necessary
      • finding treatment before the disease becomes contagious.
  • Health Treatment – Health care of the sick and disabled is a role that public health undertakes when individuals are too poor or otherwise lack access to health care services.


Health Department services include counseling and treatment for HIV/AIDS, TB, and sexually transmitted diseases, family planning, school and sports physicals, issuance of birth and death certificates, WIC program, and Healthy Start programs.