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Fulton County Health Services to sponsor back to school immunization rush sites

Fulton County Health Services to sponsor back to school immunization rush sites

ATLANTA -- The new school year is set to start August 12, 2013 for Fulton County Public Schools and August 7th for Atlanta Public Schools. The Fulton County Department of Health and Wellness will kick-off the Back to School Immunization Rush on Monday, July 29, 2013.  This year's immunization and vision and hearing screenings will be held at three points of dispensing (PODS).

“On July 29, our Nursing Division will focus on giving vaccinations, eye-ear-dental screenings and the required certifications for children to attend school,” says Patrice A. Harris, MD, Director of Fulton County Health Services. 

Accepted Forms of Payment include: Visa and Mastercard, Cash, Medicaid, United HealthCare and CIGNA. For financial assistance, clients must present proof of income. Non-Fulton County residence will be charged the full fee for services.

Fulton County Health Services encourages residents to learn their status on National HIV Testing Day

Fulton County Health Services encourages residents to learn their status on National HIV Testing Day

ATLANTA -- The Fulton County Department of Health and Wellness will recognize National HIV Testing Day (NHTD) on Friday, June 27 by offering free HIV/STI testing and counseling at three locations.

The NHTD is an annual campaign to encourage all individuals to “Take the Test Take Control” in order to know their HIV status.  Knowing your status helps to keep you, your family and your community safe from sexually transmitted infections (STIs), including HIV.

Free and confidential HIV/STI testing is available at the following locations:

10:00am – 8:00pm
The Mall West End
850 Oak Street - Atlanta, GA 30310

11:30am – 6:30pm
Underground Atlanta
50 Upper Alabama – Atlanta, GA 30303

3:00pm – 9:00pm
Walgreens
2711 Metropolitan Parkway - Atlanta, 30315

Interfaith Coalition of Fulton holds summit

Interfaith Coalition of Fulton holds summit

COLLEGE PARK, Ga. -- The Fulton County faith community is invited to join Fulton County Health and Human Services to discuss chronic disease issues in a joint effort to define opportunities to address health issues and identify policies and practices that can effectively decrease the impact of chronic diseases in our communities. Interested parties should register by contacting Nazeera Dawood at 404-613-7685 or nazeera.dawood@fultoncountya.gov.

The summit, entitled “Barriers & Bridges: Integrating Faith, Science & Policy to Promote Health”, will be held Thursday, April 18, 2013 from 10:00am – 3:00pm at the College Park Regional Health enter located at 1920 John Wesley Ave. in College Park, GA, 30337.  The event is FREE and OPEN to the PUBLIC.

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.”

2013 Georgia Rides to the Capitol to raise cycling support

2013 Georgia Rides to the Capitol to raise cycling support

ATLANTA -- The 2013 "Georgia Rides to the Capitol" event will be held through the city on Tuesday, March 26.

A spokeswoman for the ride said more than 1,000 cyclists are expected to participate, as part of the Metro Atlanta Mayors Association "GEORGIA BIKES!" program. The bike ride will be escorted by police, and run track through Decatur and Roswell. Leading the pack will be Commissioner Fred Boykin and Mayor Jere Wood, along with more city officials. 

During the "Georgia Rides to the Capitol" event, cyclists hope to raise support for other types of transportation through the metro region. Plus, they hope conditions will improve to allow easier cycling, including the development of regional systems and both on-road bicycling facilities and multi-use trails. 

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