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Safe Kids Fulton County celebrates 20 years

Safe Kids Fulton County celebrates 20 years

ATLANTA -- Area residents are invited to join the Safe Kids Fulton County Coalition to celebrate 20 years of service to help keep kids safe.

The special event is scheduled for Thursday, March 29  from 10:00 am -12:00 pm at The Villages at Carver Family YMCA located at 1600 Pryor Street, SE. They will recognize current members and partners dedicated to saving kids’ lives by developing and conducting programs that reduce or eliminate preventable, unintentional injuries and deaths.

The coalition targets the four most common areas of unintentional injuries through education and awareness:

  • Traffic Injuries (passenger, pedestrian, bicycle)
  • Fires and Burns
  • Drowning and near drowning
  • Poison Prevention

For more information about Safe Kids Fulton County and the celebration, call 404.613.3671

Fulton County Diabetes Community Coalition urges residents to learn about risks

Fulton County Diabetes Community Coalition urges residents to learn about risks

ATLANTA -- Mar. 26 is the 25th annual American Diabetes Association® Alert Day® (ADA), a one-day "wake-up call" asking the American public to take the Diabetes Risk Test to find out if they are at risk for developing type 2 diabetes.   The Diabetes Community Action Coalition (DCAC) of Fulton County extends the call to action to all county residents.

Since 2011, the Diabetes Community Action Coalition of Fulton County has been working to mobilize community groups to reduce the health and financial burden of diabetes through education, the promotion of healthy lifestyles, and policy, system and environmental changes. Recent estimates project that as many as one in three American adults will have diabetes in 2050 unless steps are taken to Stop Diabetes.

Fulton County approves fee increase to support environmental health services

Fulton County approves fee increase to support environmental health services

ATLANTA -- The Fulton County Board of Commissioners has approved a resolution enabling Fulton County Health Services’ Division of Environmental Health to implement a 10% fee increase effective April 1, 2013.

According to the Division, the fee increase is necessary due to the increased cost of providing Environmental Health Services to the more than 4,700 permitted restaurants, 1,700 swimming pools and 220 tourist accommodations in the County.  The last fee increase was implemented February 1, 2009 and was based on services provided for the 2007 fiscal year.

The new fee schedule can viewed at www.fultoncountygahealth.org.

 

 

Fulton County Health Services encourages women and girls to take action to protect against HIV/AIDS

Fulton County Health Services encourages women and girls to take action to protect against HIV/AIDS

National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day is a day to "Share Knowledge. Take Action.". The nationwide observance held each March 10th sheds light on the disease's often overlooked impact on women and girls and empowers people to make a difference. Fulton County Health Services provide education, testing and counseling to battle this serious public health issue.

 

On Saturday, March 9, 2013 from 12:30 p.m. - 3:30p.m. Health Services will provide HIV Testing and sponsor a Workshop/Presentation at the Clark Atlanta University (CAU) Teen Summit that will be held in the Carl and Mary Ware Academic Building on the CAU campus. The Summit is sponsored by the National Coalition of 100 Black Women of Atlanta.

 

Fulton County Health Services to Hold Community Listening Sessions

Fulton County Health Services to Hold Community Listening Sessions

Residents Invited to Provide Input about Access to Healthcare

 

Fulton County Health Services will host three “Community Listening Sessions” to provide valuable information about the many high quality services available at the county’s community integrated health centers and to learn from the community about their service needs.  Each session will begin at 6:00 p.m. and take place:

 

Thursday, March 14th

Neighborhood Union Health Center

Large Community Conference Room

186 Sunset Avenue, NW

Atlanta, GA 30314

 

Thursday, March 21st

Adamsville Regional Health Center

Community Room

3700 M.L. King Jr. Drive, SW

Atlanta, GA 30331

 

Thursday, March 28th

North Fulton Service Center

Community Room #232

7741 Roswell Road

The Autism Gap: The fight for insurance

The Autism Gap: The fight for insurance

ATLANTA -- Eight year old Ava Bullard is playing with her sisters, riding their bikes on their long country driveway. It is a simple act that defies those who said she would never talk, those who said she wouldn't function in the real world.

Ava was not a typical baby, or toddler.

Her mother Anna says, "You couldn't interact with her."

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Ava did not play with toys. Did not speak. Could not dress herself. Did not interact with her parents or sisters. Slept two hours a night. She was in her own world.

Anna says, "It's like she looked straight through me. She would just...it's like you weren't there, if you were in the room with her."

Anna Bullard took Ava from doctor to doctor for months. One doctor told the family Ava was 'just weird.'

Atlanta recruiting 5,000 volunteers for cancer study

Atlanta recruiting 5,000 volunteers for cancer study

ATLANTA -- Sixty years ago, 1 million men and women signed up for the first-ever Cancer Prevention Study. They filled out surveys every few years. And the information from those million Americans led to a dramatic discovery.

Doctor Alpa Patel with the American Cancer Society is the lead researcher on CPS3, the third generation of the cancer prevention studies.

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"The first study was actually set up to specifically address the question of whether not smoking caused lung cancer, and it provided the first evidence that in fact smoking is what was the causal fact, causal factor with the increase rise in lung cancer death rates we were seeing in men at that time," she said.