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Fulton County Health and Human Services answers call to action to reduce health disparities

Fulton County Health and Human Services answers call to action to reduce health disparities

ATLANTA -- April is National Minority Health Month. This year’s theme, “Health Equity Can’t Wait: Act Now in Your CommUNITY!”, is a call to action and unity for the nation to get involved and invested in reducing health disparities.  Since 2009, Fulton County Health and Human Services has been providing integrated services to residents in an effort to address health disparities and assist them with living healthier lifestyles.

“Fulton County continues to address health disparities that affect some of our communities more than others,” states Patrice A. Harris, MD, Director of Fulton County Health Services. “Everyone has a stake in community health; we have to work together to find solutions.”

Fulton County Health Services recognizes National Public Health Week

Fulton County Health Services recognizes National Public Health Week

FULTON COUNTY -- April 1 – 7, 2013 is National Public Health Week (NPHW). The Fulton County Health Services teams remind residents that the Fulton County Department of Health and Wellness is dedicated to promoting, protecting and assuring the health and wellness of the people of Fulton County. During NPHW, residents are encouraged to join the effort to keep Fulton County healthy.

Since 1995, the American Public Health Association (APHA) has served as lead organizer for National Public Health Week. During the first full week of April each year, communities across the United States have observed NPHW as a time to recognize the contributions of public health and highlight issues that are important to improving the public’s health.

During National Public Health Week, APHA and Fulton County Health Services encourages residents of all ages and make a difference by actively:

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Fulton County maintains ranking in health study

Fulton County maintains ranking in health study

 

FULTON COUNTY, Ga. -- The newly released 2013 County Health Rankings for Georgia confirm the critical role that factors such as education, jobs, income, environment and access to health care play in how healthy people are and how long they live.  Once again, the Rankings place Fulton County in the top quarter of Georgia counties on health outcomes and health factors according to the report released by the University of Wisconsin and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Project.

“We know that much of what influences our health happens outside of the doctor’s office – in our schools, workplaces and neighborhoods,” states Patrice A. Harris, MD, Director of Fulton County Health Services.  “We have to keep looking at the multiple factors that contribute to good health and ensure that our communities are positioned to address those factors.”

Safe Kids Fulton County celebrates 20 years

Safe Kids Fulton County celebrates 20 years

ATLANTA -- Area residents are invited to join the Safe Kids Fulton County Coalition to celebrate 20 years of service to help keep kids safe.

The special event is scheduled for Thursday, March 29  from 10:00 am -12:00 pm at The Villages at Carver Family YMCA located at 1600 Pryor Street, SE. They will recognize current members and partners dedicated to saving kids’ lives by developing and conducting programs that reduce or eliminate preventable, unintentional injuries and deaths.

The coalition targets the four most common areas of unintentional injuries through education and awareness:

  • Traffic Injuries (passenger, pedestrian, bicycle)
  • Fires and Burns
  • Drowning and near drowning
  • Poison Prevention

For more information about Safe Kids Fulton County and the celebration, call 404.613.3671

Fulton County Diabetes Community Coalition urges residents to learn about risks

Fulton County Diabetes Community Coalition urges residents to learn about risks

ATLANTA -- Mar. 26 is the 25th annual American Diabetes Association® Alert Day® (ADA), a one-day "wake-up call" asking the American public to take the Diabetes Risk Test to find out if they are at risk for developing type 2 diabetes.   The Diabetes Community Action Coalition (DCAC) of Fulton County extends the call to action to all county residents.

Since 2011, the Diabetes Community Action Coalition of Fulton County has been working to mobilize community groups to reduce the health and financial burden of diabetes through education, the promotion of healthy lifestyles, and policy, system and environmental changes. Recent estimates project that as many as one in three American adults will have diabetes in 2050 unless steps are taken to Stop Diabetes.

Fulton County approves fee increase to support environmental health services

Fulton County approves fee increase to support environmental health services

ATLANTA -- The Fulton County Board of Commissioners has approved a resolution enabling Fulton County Health Services’ Division of Environmental Health to implement a 10% fee increase effective April 1, 2013.

According to the Division, the fee increase is necessary due to the increased cost of providing Environmental Health Services to the more than 4,700 permitted restaurants, 1,700 swimming pools and 220 tourist accommodations in the County.  The last fee increase was implemented February 1, 2009 and was based on services provided for the 2007 fiscal year.

The new fee schedule can viewed at www.fultoncountygahealth.org.

 

 

Fulton County Health Services encourages women and girls to take action to protect against HIV/AIDS

Fulton County Health Services encourages women and girls to take action to protect against HIV/AIDS

National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day is a day to "Share Knowledge. Take Action.". The nationwide observance held each March 10th sheds light on the disease's often overlooked impact on women and girls and empowers people to make a difference. Fulton County Health Services provide education, testing and counseling to battle this serious public health issue.

 

On Saturday, March 9, 2013 from 12:30 p.m. - 3:30p.m. Health Services will provide HIV Testing and sponsor a Workshop/Presentation at the Clark Atlanta University (CAU) Teen Summit that will be held in the Carl and Mary Ware Academic Building on the CAU campus. The Summit is sponsored by the National Coalition of 100 Black Women of Atlanta.