DPH To Host Community Forums to Improve Georgia’s Health Status

July 30, 2015

A team of Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH) experts and leaders will launch regional meetings across Georgia this summer and fall to gain insights that will help improve Georgia’s health status.

The regional meetings will take place through Sept. 25 in Carrolton, Statesboro, Albany, Macon and Athens. Community partners and leaders are encouraged to register in advance to attend the meeting closest to their community.

The forums will allow the attendees to review findings from an analysis of statewide health indicators, hear from state leaders on current health initiatives and contribute their input on what they think are health priorities and available resources for their local community.

“These meetings will provide an opportunity for the state health department to present key information and listen to our community partners about how to improve the health outcomes of citizens in their own local community as well as throughout Georgia,” said Jean O’Connor, DrPH , director of DPH’s Chronic Disease and Prevention Section. “These meetings are crucial to helping us identify the health priorities and indicators that will guide our public health programs in the future.”

DPH’s community health assessment offers the general public and policy leaders with the latest information about Georgia’s population health, as well as a broad range of factors that contribute to the state’s health outcomes.

The health indicators for discussion will include obesity, infant mortality, tobacco, cancer, cardiovascular disease, asthma, HIV, drug abuse and much more.

“The Georgia state level community health assessment will provide a foundation for our efforts to improve the health of Georgia’s population,” said Scott Uhlich, DPH accreditation coordinator. “It will be instrumental in setting priorities, program development, policy changes and coordination of resources. We will also examine new ways to collaboratively use state assets to improve the health of Georgia’s population.”

“Involvement of partners is essential to this process,” Ulich continued. “Partner contributions assist the department with accessing data and securing various perspectives when examining contributing factors that impact health outcomes.”                                                                                                             

Registration is free and community members are encouraged to attend one of five sessions:

Friday, Aug. 7
9 a.m. – Noon
Georgia Southern University
1332 Southern Drive, Statesboro, GA 30458 

Friday, Aug, 28
9 a.m. – Noon
Dougherty County Health Department
1701 South Slappey Blvd, Albany, GA 31706 

Thursday, Sept. 17
10 a.m. - 1 p.m.
The Medical Center of Central Georgia, Navicent Health
777 Hemlock Street, Macon, GA 31202 

Friday, Sept. 25 
9 a.m. – Noon
The University of Georgia, George Hall
100 Foster Road, Athens, GA 30602

For more information about registration, contact Connie Smith-Lindsey at Connie.Smith-Lindsey@dph.ga.gov.

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