October 9, 2015

ATLANTA – The Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH) has been awarded $1,002,000 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 acknowledges the success of programs in Georgia essential to protecting public health.

  • $468,000 to the Child Occupant Safety Project that promotes safe transportation of children throughout Georgia. The project 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 147 counties. 
  • $187,300 to OASIS, a web-based query system that provides public access to statistics on deaths, hospital discharges, ER visits and motor vehicle crashes (analysis and maps).
  • $99,000 to the Crash Outcome Data Evaluation System, a program 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.
  • $151,200 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 drivers and pedestrians.
  • $96,500 for support of the Georgia Emergency Medical Services Information System. The database is the only state wide source for pre-hospital care information. The 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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