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Fulton County Health Services encourages WNV prevention

Fulton County Health Services encourages WNV prevention

Fulton County Health Services urges residents to use preventive measures to deter mosquito growth in their neighborhoods.  West Nile Virus (WNV) can cause a serious illness and is transmitted from mosquitoes to humans.  The occurrence of this virus increases in the summer and continues into the fall. 

“We are in the season for increased mosquito activity,” says Patrice A. Harris, MD, Director of Fulton County Health Services.  “It is important for everyone to use preventive measures to protect themselves and their families against the virus.” 

Residents are encouraged to follow the 5 D’s of Protection:

Fulton County Health Services to sponsor back to school immunization rush sites

Fulton County Health Services to sponsor back to school immunization rush sites

ATLANTA -- The new school year is set to start August 12, 2013 for Fulton County Public Schools and August 7th for Atlanta Public Schools. The Fulton County Department of Health and Wellness will kick-off the Back to School Immunization Rush on Monday, July 29, 2013.  This year's immunization and vision and hearing screenings will be held at three points of dispensing (PODS).

“On July 29, our Nursing Division will focus on giving vaccinations, eye-ear-dental screenings and the required certifications for children to attend school,” says Patrice A. Harris, MD, Director of Fulton County Health Services. 

Accepted Forms of Payment include: Visa and Mastercard, Cash, Medicaid, United HealthCare and CIGNA. For financial assistance, clients must present proof of income. Non-Fulton County residence will be charged the full fee for services.

Fulton County Health Services encourages residents to learn their status on National HIV Testing Day

Fulton County Health Services encourages residents to learn their status on National HIV Testing Day

ATLANTA -- The Fulton County Department of Health and Wellness will recognize National HIV Testing Day (NHTD) on Friday, June 27 by offering free HIV/STI testing and counseling at three locations.

The NHTD is an annual campaign to encourage all individuals to “Take the Test Take Control” in order to know their HIV status.  Knowing your status helps to keep you, your family and your community safe from sexually transmitted infections (STIs), including HIV.

Free and confidential HIV/STI testing is available at the following locations:

10:00am – 8:00pm
The Mall West End
850 Oak Street - Atlanta, GA 30310

11:30am – 6:30pm
Underground Atlanta
50 Upper Alabama – Atlanta, GA 30303

3:00pm – 9:00pm
Walgreens
2711 Metropolitan Parkway - Atlanta, 30315

Feds investigating 4 Atlanta hospitals

Feds investigating 4 Atlanta hospitals

ATLANTA -- Several Atlanta hospitals owned by Tenet Healthcare Corp. are being investigated by federal officials over potential kickback violations.

In filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, Dallas-based Tenet says it has received a subpoena from the Office of the Inspector General of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services seeking documents from January 2004 to May 2012 related to the relationship that Atlanta Medical Center, North Fulton Regional Hospital, South Fulton Medical Center (now known as Atlanta Medical Center - South Campus) and Spalding Regional Hospital and Hilton Head (S.C.) Hospital had with an unaffiliated company called Hispanic Medical Management Inc.

Interfaith Coalition of Fulton holds summit

Interfaith Coalition of Fulton holds summit

COLLEGE PARK, Ga. -- The Fulton County faith community is invited to join Fulton County Health and Human Services to discuss chronic disease issues in a joint effort to define opportunities to address health issues and identify policies and practices that can effectively decrease the impact of chronic diseases in our communities. Interested parties should register by contacting Nazeera Dawood at 404-613-7685 or nazeera.dawood@fultoncountya.gov.

The summit, entitled “Barriers & Bridges: Integrating Faith, Science & Policy to Promote Health”, will be held Thursday, April 18, 2013 from 10:00am – 3:00pm at the College Park Regional Health enter located at 1920 John Wesley Ave. in College Park, GA, 30337.  The event is FREE and OPEN to the PUBLIC.

Fulton County Health and Human Services answers call to action to reduce health disparities

Fulton County Health and Human Services answers call to action to reduce health disparities

ATLANTA -- April is National Minority Health Month. This year’s theme, “Health Equity Can’t Wait: Act Now in Your CommUNITY!”, is a call to action and unity for the nation to get involved and invested in reducing health disparities.  Since 2009, Fulton County Health and Human Services has been providing integrated services to residents in an effort to address health disparities and assist them with living healthier lifestyles.

“Fulton County continues to address health disparities that affect some of our communities more than others,” states Patrice A. Harris, MD, Director of Fulton County Health Services. “Everyone has a stake in community health; we have to work together to find solutions.”

Fulton County Health Services recognizes National Public Health Week

Fulton County Health Services recognizes National Public Health Week

FULTON COUNTY -- April 1 – 7, 2013 is National Public Health Week (NPHW). The Fulton County Health Services teams remind residents that the Fulton County Department of Health and Wellness is dedicated to promoting, protecting and assuring the health and wellness of the people of Fulton County. During NPHW, residents are encouraged to join the effort to keep Fulton County healthy.

Since 1995, the American Public Health Association (APHA) has served as lead organizer for National Public Health Week. During the first full week of April each year, communities across the United States have observed NPHW as a time to recognize the contributions of public health and highlight issues that are important to improving the public’s health.

During National Public Health Week, APHA and Fulton County Health Services encourages residents of all ages and make a difference by actively:

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