About Us


Through prevention, education and preparedness the Bartholomew County Health Department supports the residents of the county as they pursue healthy living for themselves, their families and neighbors in the community.  The specific duties of the health department are defined by IC 16-20-1 and IC 16-20-8.

The Bartholomew County Health Department supports the residents of Bartholomew County in: disease prevention, health education, vital records, environmental health, and public health preparedness.

The Bartholomew County Health Department is divided into four divisions:

  • Environmental Health
  • Public Health Nursing *Now accepting debit and credit cards for provided services.
  • Public Health Preparedness
  • Vital Records

Management Staff

Director of Nursing: Amanda Organist; BSN, RN





  • Immunization Program/Clinic: Focuses on providing clients with immunity against specific diseases. Immunizations against vaccine preventable diseases for infants, children, and adults are available. Immunization clinic for infants and children through 4 years of age is held every Thursday by appointment. Immunization clinic for children 5 through 18 years of age and adults is held every Monday and Tuesday by appointment. A record of previous immunizations, faxed from a doctor's office, is required for children eighteen (18) and under.  All children under the age of eighteen (18) must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
  • Sexually Transmitted Disease (STD) Program/Clinic: Services include Sexually Transmitted Disease Screening, diagnosis, treatment, and risk reduction counseling. The STD Clinic is held every Tuesday and Wednesday by appointment. All counseling and provider referral services are confidential. Assistance can be provided to minors, 13 years and older, without parental consent.
  • HIV Counseling and Testing: Clients are seen anonymously or confidentially by confirmed appointment. HIV/AIDS education is tailored to address each individual's risk factors for HIV infection. An appointment may last 30-60 minutes. No charge.
  • Tuberculosis (TB): Maintains a surveillance system and TB case registry to ensure prompt reporting. Tuberculin skin testing is available by appointment.  The cost is $10.00. The QuantiFERON Gold TB Blood test is also available for $20. Please call to schedule an appointment for this test. TB medicine (provided by the ISDH) is dispensed when ordered by the client's doctor. Clients are seen on a monthly basis by a RN for an evaluation regarding medication compliance and potential side effects.


  • Communicable Disease Investigation prevents epidemics and the spread of disease. Communicable disease reporting can initiate from laboratories, hospitals, doctors' offices, and other health departments. Surveillance and investigation activities involve communicating with the infected individual, his/her contacts and medical care provider(s). Mandated Reports are filed with Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH).


  • Blood sugar/Total cholesterol Screening Clinics: Clinics are held on 2nd Tuesday of the month.  Call for an appointment.
  • Lead Testing: Available for children 0-6 years of age by appointment. Childhood lead poisoning is a major, preventable environmental health problem in the U.S. High lead levels can cause major health and educational problems.
  • Pregnancy Testing: Available by appointment at no charge.


  • MyVaxIndiana: MyVaxIndiana provides acces to immunization records anytime, anywhere around the world with a PIN.  Individuals can be registered at the health department and receive their PIN.  An email address is required.
  • Sharps Program: Sharp containers are made available and disposed of at no cost to Bartholomew County residents.  A prescription from the physician showing the need for a container is required on the first visit, the full container is then returned to the Bartholomew County Health Nursing and a new one is issued.  The returned container must be issued by the Bartholomew County Health Department.
  • Prenatal vitamin program: Prescription strength prenatal vitamins are available for duration of pregnancy at no charge.  Appointment is required

Scheduled Clinics

Regularly Scheduled Clinics

Nursing Clinics


Adolescent/Adult Immunization Clinic

Monday and Tuesday by Appointment.

Infant through 6  years Immunization Clinic

Thursday by Appointment

STD/HIV/Hepatitis Clinic

Tuesday and Wednesday by Appointment 

Lipid Profile and A1C Screenings

Second (2nd) Tuesday of the month on alternating months.  Please call to confirm testing schedule and to make an appointment.

TB Testing 

Every Monday walk in 8am-11am and 1pm - 4pm.  Call prior to coming to confirm dates and times.




Head Lice

Head Lice (Pediculosis)

The Bartholomew County Health Department (BCHD) follows the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommendations for diagnosing and treating head lice. Having head lice is very common; as many as 6-12 million people worldwide have head lice every year. Anyone who comes into close direct contact with someone who already had head lice, contaminated clothing, other belongings is at risk for getting head lice. The population greatest at risk tends to be children ages 3-10 years and their families.


Proper Diagnosis

Lice are diagnosed by looking closely through the hair and scalp for nits, nymphs, or adults. Finding an adult or nymph may be a difficult task; there are usually few of them and they can move quickly. According to CDC, if live lice are not seen, finding nits closer than ¼" from the scalp confirms a person is infested. However, if a nit is more than ¼" from the scalp the infestation is an old one. The rationale for this is that the adult female louse lays her eggs at the base of the hair shaft, and the eggs and lice need to maintain a consistent temperature. As the hair grows, the nits that are at the base of the hair shaft cannot maintain a constant temperature. Generally, hair grows ¼" per week. The optimal temperature for louse survival happens to be the temperature that is maintained on top of heads. If one is not sure if a person has head lice, a health care provider, the local health department, or school nurse should make the diagnosis. In many cases, a child may be said to have a nit infestation, but when the nit is sent to the lab it is actually dandruff, hair spray droplets or some other particle. Therefore, a proper diagnosis is important before treatment is administered. Often, children are sent home from school and parents unnecessarily take time off work because of an improper diagnosis.


Clinical Treatment

Treating head lice correctly has many steps which must be thoroughly completed to avoid being unnecessarily re-infested. If children less than 2 years old have an infestation, contact your doctor. After a correct diagnosis of head lice, the individuals should remove the clothing and apply the lice medication according to the label instructions. Clothing should immediately be washed with soap and hot water. DO NOT use a crème rinse or combination shampoo/conditioner before using the lice medication. At the present time, the BCHS recommends Sklice as a treatement for lice.  A prescription for Sklice can be otained at teh BCHD; coupons are also avalaible.  The infested person should then put on clean clothing after treatment. Is some live lice are found 8-12 hours after treatment, but are moving slower than before, do not retreat. Comb dead and remaining live lice out of hair with a lice or flea comb. If no dead lice are found or the lice seem as active before within 8-12 hours after treatment, the medication may not be working. Patients should see a doctor for a different medication and follow the treatment instructions. After treatment, comb and remove all nits from the head every 2-3 days to check for the presence or absence of lice or nits. Retreat with medication 7-10 days after original treatment if there is a live infestation. It is a common practice to have to perform at lease two treatments to get rid of head lice. DO NOT retreat more than 3 times, and do not mix lice medications. If there are other family members who are not currently infested, DO NOT treat other family members until there is confirmation of an infestation. However, their heads should be checked every 2-3 days until the infested person is clear of lice and nits.


Environmental Household Treatment

All washable clothing and bed liners in contact with the infested person two days prior to treatment should be washed in hot soapy water (130 F). Dry the laundry using the hot cycle for at least 20 minutes. Clothing that the infested person directly touched for two days prior, which are not washable, should be dry-cleaned. All clothing, stuffed two days prior, which are not washable, should be dry-cleaned. All clothing, stuffed animals, comforters, and other items that cannot be washed or dry-cleaned need to be placed in a plastic bag and sealed for one week. All combs, brushes and other hair accessories, should be washed with hot soapy water and soaked for 1 hour in rubbing alcohol. Lice can temporarily live on carpet, car seats, and upholstery, which should be thoroughly vacuumed. It is not necessary to spray insecticide or lice spray to these surfaces because they can be toxic if inhaled. Vacuuming these areas is just as effective and a lot less expensive and safer. Pets should not be treated for head lice because lice only live on humans.





TB Skin Test (Administer and read)


TB skin test reading only (for test administered elsewhere)


QuantiFERON TB Gold Blood Test


Blood work (Lipid Profile), A1C

Call for fee

Chlamydia Testing

Based on qualifiers. Call for fee

Gonorrhea Testing

Based on qualifiers. Call for fee

Lead Testing in Children, ages 6 and below

No Cost

Administration fee for all screenings

At insurance pay rate




Pediatric Vaccines: Children who qualify for the VFC (Vaccine for Children) program^

No Cost

Pediatric Vaccines: Insured children and those who do not qualify for the VFC^ program

At insurance pay rate

Adult Vaccines

At insurance pay rate**

Administration fee (Adults and children who do not qualify for the VFC program)

At insurance pay rate

^ The Vaccine for Children (VFC) program provides vaccines at no cost to children whose families may not be able to afford vaccinations

*  Now accepting debit and credit cards for provided services through Public Health Nursing.  All charges made through debit or credit are subject to percentage based transaction fees.

** May qualify for State funding


Dental Forms


Instrucciones de Higiene Oral - Español (2517 downloads) Popular #
Oral Hygiene Instruction Pamphlet for Students (2917 downloads) Popular #

Immunization Forms


A - CHIRP Signature Form – English (2307 downloads) Popular #
B - Programa De Registro De Immunizacion de los ninos de Indiana(CHIRP Signature Form – Spanish) (2454 downloads) Popular #
C - Child Questionnaire – English (2146 downloads) Popular #
D - Cuestionario de contraindicaciones para vacunacion de ninos y adolescents (Child questionnaire – Spanish) (2313 downloads) Popular #
E - Adult Questionnaire – English (2917 downloads) Popular #
F - Cuestionario de contraindicaciones para vacunación de adultos (Adult questionnaire – Spanish) (2133 downloads) Popular #
G - Authorization for Release of Medical Information form (2573 downloads) Popular #
H - Refusal to Vaccinate Form (2243 downloads) Popular #
I - Adult Flu Vaccine Form – English (2325 downloads) Popular #
J - Forma de admistracion de la vacuna de influenza para adultos (Adult flu vaccine form – Spanish) (1841 downloads) Popular #
K - Children’s Flu Vaccine Form – English (2182 downloads) Popular #
L - Forma de admistracion de la vacuna de influenza para niños (Children’s flu vaccine form – Spanish) (2026 downloads) Popular #
M - After the Shots – English (2137 downloads) Popular #
N - Despues de las vacunas (After the shots – Spanish) (2141 downloads) Popular #

Communicable Disease

Communicable Disease

Communicable Disease Reporting Form (2334 downloads) Popular #


COVID-19 Vaccine



FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                        CONTACT: Amanda Organist

01/08/2021                                                                                     812-379-1555




Columbus— Bartholomew County Health Department is now scheduling appointments to administer COVID-19 vaccine to eligible recipients.

The vaccine is now available to individuals age 80 and older, as well as to licensed and unlicensed healthcare workers and first responders who have face-to-face interactions with patients or infectious material or work in a public-facing position that requires in-person contact. A photo ID, proof of age, or verification of current employment as a healthcare worker or first responder in Indiana will be required. 

“We are eager to be able to provide this vaccine to our community. We have been planning for multiple months with the Indiana State Department of Health and other community agencies to be ready when vaccine was available. The Bartholomew County Health Department will be administering the Moderna vaccine. Individuals who do not have internet or computer accessibility to register may contact 211, Thrive Alliance at 812-372-6918, Mill Race Center at 812-376-9241, or WellConnect at 812-376-5136 for further assistance completing their registration. Please watch www.coronavirus.in.gov/vaccine for next group eligibility,” Amanda Organist, Director of Nursing Division.

Due to limited supply, vaccine is available by appointment only to those currently eligible as determined by the Indiana Department of Health. That complete list is posted to https://ourshot.in.gov, and appointments can also be scheduled at that website beginning Friday, Jan. 8. There is no cost to the individual, but insurance may be charged an administration fee. Individuals should bring a photo ID and an insurance card if they have one.

Two vaccines, developed by Pfizer and Moderna, are currently available. Each requires two doses administered at least 21 days apart for the Pfizer vaccine and 28 days apart for the Moderna vaccine. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, it typically takes a few weeks for the body to build immunity after the second vaccination.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved the vaccines under an Emergency Use Authorization (EUA), meaning the vaccines must be proven safe and effective in the same way that all medications and devices must be. The vaccines have been found in trials to be 94 percent to 95 percent effective in preventing COVID-19 infections in participants. Side effects are temporary and are generally mild, including fatigue, headache and sometimes fever.

People who have been vaccinated may still be able to infect others, so even those who are vaccinated should continue wearing a mask and quarantining if they are a close contact of a positive case.

The best ways to protect yourself and others are to:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
  • Avoid touching your face with unwashed hands
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick
  • Stay home when you’re sick
  • Cover your cough or sneeze
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surface


Schedule a COVID Test




Steps to schedule an appointment for COVID testing:


Please read all of the following instructions.

1.  Click the baner above or visit https://scheduling.coronavirus.in.gov

2.  Select "I do not have an invitation code"

3.  Type in your zip code

4.  Select the location that you wish to schedule the appointment.  The health department location is Foxpointe Drive

5.  When arriving to your appointment time, please remain in your vehicle and call 812-379-1555, option 1 if your appointment is at the health department location.


COVID Information


For testing, please schedule appointment at scheduling.coronavirus.in.gov
For vaccination, please schedule at www.ourshot.in.gov
For more COVID information please visit www.coronavirus.in.gov
For COVID testing results on the portal: https://www.coronavirus.in.gov/covid-19-testing-information/
If you have lost your COVID vaccination card: https://www.coronavirus.in.gov/vaccine/ to get your vaccine certificate