December 18, 2014

ATLANTA - The Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH) has been awarded $920,700 in grants from the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety (GOHS). These projects offer technical assistance and resources to partner agencies statewide, develop community support for motor vehicle safety programs, support data linkages, and help evaluate program efforts.  

“Bottom line, this funding will help us save the lives of Georgians,” said Brenda Fitzgerald, M.D., commissioner, Georgia Department of Public Health. “By working together and supporting each other, we have made a difference and can continue to save lives and prevent injuries.” 

The funding from GOHS, awarded on October 1, 2014, acknowledges the success of programs in Georgia that are essential to protecting public health. 

  •  $468,000 to the Child Occupant Safety Project (COSP) that promotes safe transportation of children throughout Georgia.  The COSP provides child safety seats, training specific for healthcare professionals, law enforcement, emergency medical services, schools and pupil transportation staff, childcare, as well as local caregivers through the car seat mini grant program active in 140 counties. 
  • $184,300 to OASIS, a web-based query system that gives public access to statistics on Deaths, Hospital Discharges, ER Visits and Motor Vehicle Crashes (analysis and maps) based on DPH's departmental data warehouse.
  • $98,600 to the Older Driver Safety Program that works to maintain and/or enhance the mobility of older adults by developing comprehensive strategies that balance the needs of older adults with the safety of other road users and pedestrians.
  •  $99,000 to Crash Outcome Data Evaluation System (CODES), a project that brings together multiple agencies to identify opportunities for crash prevention by linking and analyzing crash, vehicle and behavioral characteristics to medical and financial data.
  •  $70,800 for support of GEMSIS, the Georgia Emergency Medical Services Information System.  The GEMSIS database is the only state wide source for pre-hospital care information.  The GEMSIS Upgrades grant will support the work being done to increase the completeness and accuracy of the patient care information. 

“The grants are key resources for our public health prevention strategies that improve highway safety throughout the state of Georgia,” said Patrick O’Neal, M.D., director of Health Protection, for the Georgia Department of Public Health.

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