Encourage Georgians to improve the quality of their lives by achieving healthy lifestyles, creating healthier environments, and preventing chronic disease, disability, and premature death.
Improve the quality of life for all Georgians through better health.
The Health Promotion and Disease Prevention (HPDP) Section implements population-based programs and services aimed at reducing some of the state's leading causes of death and disability including: cancer, diabetes, heart disease and stroke. The work of the HPDP section is guided by addressing chronic disease risk factors, promoting healthy youth development, targeting unhealthy behaviors, providing access to early screening, detection and treatment services, and improving the management of chronic diseases.
The five key action areas within the HPDP Section are designed to:
- Build healthy public policy;
- Create environments that support and promote health;
- Strengthen community action for health;
- Develop personal prevention and self-management skills; and
- Re-orient health services toward prevention and health promotion.
HPDP Section approaches are planned, developed and implemented using evidence-based strategies and best practices. Health promotion strategies used to address the five key action areas include: health communication, prevention strategies and disease self-management; organizational change; capacity-building development and mobilization; and policy development. These five key action areas are integrated throughout the Offices within the HPDP section featured below.
Office of Adolescent and School Health
Adolescent Health and Youth Development Program (AHYD)
Georgia Asthma Control Program (GACP)
Rape Prevention and Education Program (RPE)
School Physical Activity
Youth Tobacco Prevention
Office or Prevention, Screening and Treatment
Breast and Cervical Cancer Program (BCCP)
Cancer State Aid (CSA)
Diabetes Prevention and Control Program (DPCP)
Georgia Colorectal Cancer Program (GACRCP)
Georgia Drive for Sight Program (Vision Health)
Georgia Tobacco Quit Line (GTQL) and Tobacco Cessation-Healthcare and Business
Health Systems Planning and Projects
Office of Planning and Partnerships
Georgia Comprehensive Cancer Control Program (GCCCP)
Relations and Information Management
Office of Tobacco, Policy, Systems and Environmental (PSE) Changes
Cardiovascular Health and Faith Environments
Nutrition and Early Care Environments
Tobacco-Free and Smoke-Free Places and Environments
Provide evaluation expertise to support the mission, vision and priority areas defined by the Health Promotion and Disease Prevention (HPDP) Section and corresponding specialty offices noted above.
Administration and Operations
Provide fiscal and administrative expertise to support the mission, vision and priority areas defined by the Health Promotion and Disease Prevention (HPDP) Section and corresponding specialty offices noted above.
Jean O'Connor, JD, DrPH; Director