Public Health Reception Celebrates New Dept. & Comr., Highlights Dept.'s Priorities for Children

September 4, 2013

Originally published March 5, 2012

On Feb. 22, Governor Deal addressed a crowd of nearly 100 people - child and health advocates, legislators, and agency heads - at Voices for Georgia's Children's reception to celebrate the new, executive-level Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH) and welcome Dr. Brenda Fitzgerald as its commissioner. (In July 2011, DPH became a stand-alone, cabinet-level agency after more than 30 years of being consolidated under other departments.)

Governor Deal, with First Lady Sandra Deal and Comr. Fitzgerald standing by, spoke to the group at the Freight Depot about the important role DPH plays in the lives of Georgia's children, especially in reducing childhood obesity - a significant problem in Georgia, as our children are the heaviest in the country next to Mississippi.

Comr. Fitzgerald - a founding board member of Voices and new member of Governor Deal's "Leadership Team for Children" - also addressed the crowd and discussed DPH's priorities for 2012, which include, but are not limited to, infant mortality, childhood immunizations and childhood obesity. (Learn more about Comr. Fitzgerald's plans for DPH here and read our 2012 Health Steps Indicators publication for more information on these issues in Georgia.)

All in all, the event was a great show of support for DPH and Comr. Fitzgerald and recognized the important job they have in making life better for Georgia's children. (View pictures from the event on our Facebook page.)

We are grateful for all those who attended the reception and for the support of our event sponsors:


Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Atlanta
Georgia Assoc. of Homes & Services for Children
Georgia Budget and Policy Institute
Georgia Chapter American Academy of Pediatrics
Georgia Dental Association
Georgia Early Education Alliance for Ready Students
Georgia Partnership for Excellence in Education
Georgia Women for a Change
Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies
Healthy Start Programs of Georgia
Hemophilia of Georgia
Interfaith Children's Movement
Junior League of Atlanta
Southern Education Foundation
United Way of Metro Atlanta

-Reprinted with permission from Voices for Georgia's Children