Hall County Health Department Receives Grant from Jackson EMC Foundation

March 20, 2015

The Georgia Department of Public Health’s (DPH) North Health District is working to ensure the well-being of women and provide services that help attain more positive birth outcomes throughout four of its local counties. 

The district’s Hall County Health Department was recently awarded $15,000 from the Jackson Electric Membership Corporation (EMC) Foundation to provide prenatal care for women in Banks, Franklin, Hall and Lumpkin Counties who otherwise would not receive medical care during pregnancy.

The Jackson EMC Foundation is a non-profit organization that distributes money collected from Jackson EMC members through Operation Round Up. Operation Round Up was established in 1989 to support local initiatives that benefit the company’s surrounding community members.

Each month, the electric bills of participating EMC members are rounded up to the next dollar. The Jackson EMC Foundation donates 100 percent of the money collected to local organizations and residents. Since its introduction, Operation Round Up has raised more than $41 million for charity.

Prenatal care services provided through the health department’s OB program help reduce risk factors for both mother and baby and include diabetic supplies, prenatal vitamins and checkups. Expectant mothers receive quality care which improves birth outcomes thereby producing healthier Georgians.

Through the support of organizations such as Jackson EMC Foundation, barriers to health care for many individuals in Hall County will be reduced.

“With this generous donation, we will be able to provide costly medications and supplies for diabetic mothers,” said Alan Satterfield, Hall County nurse manager. “We sincerely appreciate the commitment and support of the Jackson EMC Foundation in helping ensure the birth of healthy babies in our community.”

At their recent board meeting, the Jackson EMC Foundation Board of Directors awarded a total of $107,806 in grants to local organizations. In addition to the Hall County Health Department, eight other local organizations were awarded grants. Each of them advocated for a diverse range of issues and community challenges including domestic violence, child hunger, education equality and health care access.

For more information about the Hall County Health Department, visit the North Health District online.

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