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September 18, 2014
A nurse gives a boy a checkup.


The acronyms of Georgia state agencies can get a little confusing at times. What exactly does DCH do? What’s the difference between DHS and DPH? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered.

Department of Community Health

The Georgia Department of Community Health (DCH) administers the Georgia Medicaid program and  the PeachCare for Kids® health insurance program, as well as the State Health Benefit Plan, providing access to health care to Georgians. DCH oversees Healthcare Facility Regulation and Health Information Technology.

Department of Human Services

The Georgia Department of Human Services (DHS), formerly the Department of Human Resources (DHR), is the agency you should talk to regarding questions about aging services, child support, child protective services, foster care and adoption, and residential child care. You can apply for Medicaid, Temporary Assistance for Needy Families, and Food Stamps at DHS' local departments of Family and Children Services (DFCS).

Department of Public Health

The Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH) addresses a lot of pressing health issues and concerns such as disease prevention, maternal and child health, immunizations, and the State Public Health Laboratory.


Let's do a quick recap:

  • If you have a question about a healthcare facility, who would you contact? DCH.
  • If you need to talk to someone about child support, where would you go? DHS.
  • If you're wondering about immunization facts, who will you talk to? DPH.

There you have it! These 3 state agencies may have different acronyms, but they all share the same mission: To help you live a healthy and happy life as a Georgia citizen. 

About the Author

A Georgia native, Rachael Wheeler works as a Web Support Specialist for GeorgiaGov. She writes about a variety of current topics relevant to the Georgia government.


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