Orginally published May, 06, 2013
This week, the Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH) joins governments and agencies across the nation in celebration of Public Service Recognition Week, a time set aside to honor the men and women who serve as federal, state, county and local government employees.
In a letter to employees, DPH Commissioner Brenda Fitzgerald, M.D., expressed her appreciation for their hard work.
“When we became Georgia’s new Department of Public Health just less than two years ago, I asked that we do more. More to bridge the disparity gap and connect more Georgians with the care and information they need to live happier, healthier lives. More to reduce the burden of childhood obesity in our state. More to connect mothers and children with the essential nutrition they need to grow and learn. More to reduce the spread of HIV and sexually transmitted disease. More to prepare for disaster. And more to ensure our data is the strongest it can be in order to concentrate our efforts where they’re needed most,” Fitzgerald said.
DPH employees went above and beyond, delivering extraordinary accomplishments, Fitzgerald said.
“Your work is impacting countless young people through Georgia SHAPE. The infant mortality rate has decreased by 20 percent and immunization rates have increased. The number of schools with tobacco free policies has jumped significantly. The waiting list for life-saving HIV medications -- once the largest in the nation -- stands at zero. Our data is stronger than ever, and so is our determination,” Fitzgerald said.
This year’s Public Service Recognition Week theme is Why I Serve and Fitzgerald encouraged employees to remember their purpose each day.
“Undoubtedly, you'll ask yourself this indelible question and I know you and I will arrive at the same answer. We serve to protect lives. Never, not for a moment, doubt the impact you're having in Georgia,” Fitzgerald said. “I, along with the department's executive leadership team, have tremendous gratitude and unfettered pride in my service with you.”