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Personal Health Services Section
Personal Health Services staff protect and promote the public's health through direct patient care, one-on-one education, and by working with service agencies in the community.

Their focus is to promote good health with at-risk populations and individuals, prevent disease and provide high-quality health care for DHHS patients.

Teen Wellness Center
Appointments: 704-853-5009

The Teen Wellness Center is a clinic designed specifically for patients ages 12-19 years. At the TWC, teens get high-quality, friendly health care. Teens can pay with Medicaid or insurance. Teens who cannot pay may qualify for free or low-cost care.

Services available:

  • Physicals and sports physicals (requires a parent's signature)
  • Immunizations and other shots for school or college (most require a parent's signature)
  • Birth control
  • Pregnancy testing
  • Sexually transmitted infection (STI) testing
  • Teen Advocate -- a caring professional who will work one-on-one with teens to answer their questions about health and birth control options

We have two convenient locations, one at the main Health Department on Hudson Boulevard in Gastonia and one at Highland Health Center.

For an appointment, call 704-853-5009.

womens-clinicWomen's Health Clinic
Appointments: 704-853-5009

The Women's Health Clinic provides family planning and birth control services, maternity services, and the Breast and Cervical Cancer Control Programs.

Family Planning
Family Planning (704-853-5009) works to increase the number of women having healthy pregnancies, while reducing the number of unintended and unwanted pregnancies in our county.

Patients receive education and counseling designed to help them adopt healthier lifestyles through regular gynecological care, good nutrition and reduction of risk behaviors that cause susceptibility to cancer and sexually transmitted infections.

For an appointment, call 704-853-5009.

Click here to read more about our Family Planning Clinic and issues affecting teens and young women.

We care for Maternity (704-853-5009) patients at each of our three locations -- the Health Department's main facility on Hudson, Highland Health Center and Summit Midwifery & High-Risk Obstetrics. Read more about our maternity clinics, programs and staff

Breast & Cervical Cancer Control Program
The Breast and Cervical Cancer Control Program (704-833-1550) offers breast exams, mammograms and pap smears to detect breast and cervical cancer among qualifying women. To qualify, women must meet the following criteria:

  • 50-64 years of age
  • Do not have Medicaid or Medicare
  • Note: Services are also offered to women with health insurance, but the program will only pay for services after the insurance company has denied payment.

BCCCP staff also help women apply for Breast and Cervical Medicaid, which helps women who have been diagnosed with breast or cervical cancer with their medical costs. The Health Department's BCCCP program is the only way for Gaston County women to access this special Medicaid program. Your doctor can refer you into this program, even if you are not a Health Department patient. Please call 704-833-1550 for more information.

The BCCCP program is housed at the Highland Health Center.

Case Management
Information: 704-853-5167

DHHS's case management services help moms-to-be and young families get the healthiest possible start in life.

Nurse-Family Partnership is a maternal and early childhood health program that fosters long-term success for first-time moms, their babies, and society by introducing moms to caring maternal and child health nurses. The nurses provide the support first-time moms need to have a healthy pregnancy, become knowledgeable and respondible parents, andprovide their children with the best possible start in life.

Healthy Beginnings Program (704-853-5076) The Gaston Healthy Beginnings Program is a free program that was developed for pregnant and post-partum African American women and Latinas between the age of 13-22 who live in Gaston County. The program provides case management services, educational group sessions, support services, resource and referrals, and community outreach.

The Healthy Beginnings Program provides education to each participant in the following areas:

  • Breastfeeding
  • Quitting smoking/tobacco and avoiding secondhand smoke
  • Safe sleep
  • Folic acid consumption
  • Reproductive life planning
  • Healthy weight and exercise
  • Well child visits
  • Male Involvement

Voluntary Sterilization Program for Men
Appointments: 704-853-5009

The goal of the Voluntary Sterilization program is to assist patients who wish to permanently end their ability to father children.

Before making a final decision, patients are provided extensive education and counseling to help them understand the permanent nature of sterilization, and the different methods of fertility control offered through the Health Department.

For an appointment, call 704-853-5009.

Immunization and Clinical Services
Appointments: 704-853-5009

Our appointment scheduling process has changed. Visits are now by appointment with the following schedule: 

  • Immunization appointments are available Monday, Wednesday, and Friday 1-4 and Tuesday and Thursday 8-11.
  • STD appointments are available Monday, Wednesday, and Friday 8 - 10:30 and Tuesday and Thursday 1-3:30.
Patients will be offered an appointment within ONE workday of their request.

All vaccines required for school or child care and many recommended vaccines are available at the Health Department. Some children 18 and under (see below for details) can receive some shots free of charge; others will have a fee. Many of our vaccines are covered by private insurance plans.

Click here for information on North Carolina Required School Immunizations.

Some vaccines are free for children who are eligible for the Vaccines for Children (VFC) Program. To be eligible, children must be 18 years or younger and meet at least one of the following requirements:

  • Medicaid-eligibleChildhood shots are given at the Health Department.
  • Uninsured
  • American Indian
  • Alaskan native
  • Underinsured (private insurance coverage does not include vaccines)
  • Unaccompanied minor without proof of insurance

Rabies Prevention
Pre-exposure vaccines for veterinary techs and boosters for veterinarians and animal handlers are available. Please call for details.

Communicable Disease Program
Communicable Disease (704-853-5002) staff are responsible for monitoring infectious diseases in Gaston County, and working to prevent their spread. Staff members investigate communicable diseases that infect county residents and pose a potential threat to the public's health.

Reportable diseases, the diseases that are routinely monitored and followed up on by the Health Department, usually present a threat to the public's health, and must be quickly contained. The Health Department routinely follows up on any reported cases of more than 60 communicable diseases, and works to ensure the patients and anyone who may have been exposed to the diseases receive proper treatment and will accommodate clients in preventing further spread of the disease in the community. Diseases routinely monitored and investigated by the Health Department include: salmonellosis, shigellosis, Hepatitis A and B, and vaccine-preventable diseases such as pertussis (whooping cough), measles, and bacterial meningitis, among many others.

To report a communicable disease, please complete the CD Part 1 form and fax to 704-862-6113 Attn: CD.

Tuberculosis Control

Tuberculosis Control program staff work to keep the community free of active tuberculosis (TB). Services include the following:

  • TB testing
  • X-rays
  • Physical assessments
  • Drug therapy
  • Counseling and education about TB
  • Case management

Clients who are at risk or exposed to actual TB will be placed on preventable medication as directed by the state’s guidelines for treatment.

Adult Health HIV/STD Clinical Services
Appointments: 704-853-5009

The Adult Health STD/HIV Clinic (704-853-5006) works to reduce HIV, syphilis, Chlamydia, gonorrhea and other STDs by testing, treating, and educating patients on STDs and healthy behaviors. HIV and STD testing is performed daily at the Health Department (704-853-5006) and Highland Health Center (704-833-1550).

A 15-minute screening test called Fast-Track is available to those who qualify. The Fast-Track includes testing for the following diseases:

  • Chlamydia
  • Gonorrhea
  • Hepatitis C
  • Syphilis
  • HIV

Patients are usually seen within one business day. Please call to make an appointment at one of these locations.

Gaston County HIV Program (GHOP)

The Gaston HIV Outreach Program (GHOP) provides free, confidential testing, counseling and educational programs in community settings. These sessions can be conducted one-on-one or for groups. GHOP staff can offer rapid HIV testing in additional to traditional testing. To find out about information sessions or testing opportunities with GHOP, call 704-853-5082.

More info:
Enter your ZIP to find a testing site near you (CDC) OR
Text your ZIP code to KNOWIT (566948) for info on testing sites near you

labClinical Laboratory
The Health Department's Clinical Laboratory is an essential component of the medical care we provide. OurLab lab can perform many routine tests in-house, which is more affordable with quick and reliable results. One supervisor, two full-time technicians and two phlebotomists staff our in-house lab, which routinely performs the following procedures, among others: hematology/urinalysis, pregnancy tests, venipuncture and capillary sticks.

Our in-house Pharmacy (704-853-5011) can fill your prescriptions from the Health Department or Gaston Family Health Services.

Our Satellite Locations
Highland Health Center

The Highland Health Center is a partnership between the Health Department and Gaston Family Health Services. At our clinic on Highland Street, we're trying a new model of public health clinical services.

hhc-logoWe offer the following services:
Family care for all ages including:

  • Well checks and preventive care
  • Sick care
  • Chronic care management (such as asthma, diabetes, high blood pressure)
  • WIC Highland Health Center Logo
  • Health education
  • Medication assistance program
  • Behavioral (mental health) counseling
  • On-site pharmacy
  • Walk-in/urgent care appointments
  • Maternity and family planning/birth control
  • Breast and Cervical Cancer Detection services
  • STD testing and treatment services

As at the Health Department, Highland Health Center accepts patients with Medicaid, Medicare and private insurance. Patients with no insurance are charged based on their ability to pay.

Summit Midwifery & High-Risk Obstetrics
At Summit, our goal is for you to have the healthiest possible pregnancy and a happy, healthy baby.

summit-logoThere are several conditions that could put you and your baby in danger while you are pregnant. Our expert medical team will provide the special care and treatment you will need if you have a high-risk pregnancy.

Conditions that may place you at high risk during pregnancy include:
Summit Midwifery & High-Risk Obstetrics LogoDiabetes, before or during pregnancy
Twin pregnancies
Epilepsy or seizure disorders
High blood pressure
Certain infectious diseases
Being older than 35 or younger than 16
Substance abuse
Mental health conditions
Problems with the baby’s growth
History of preterm labor

Read more about the services we offer at Summit Midwifery & High-Risk Obstetrics here.