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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 and community partners orepare for Spring 2013 SPARC Atlanta health screening clinics

Fulton County and community partners orepare for Spring 2013 SPARC Atlanta health screening clinics

ATLANTA -- Fulton County’s SPARC Atlanta preventive healthcare screenings for older adults begin on Thursday, March 28, 2013. 

SPARC Clinics are much more than health fairs.  Citizens who visit SPARC Atlanta clinics can take advantage of several health screenings, vaccinations, nutrition counseling and health education.  Since the initiation of SPARC Atlanta in 2006, more 6000 older adults have participated. 

The spring 2013 clinic dates, times and locations

Thursday, March 28
10:00am-2:00pm
West Hunter Street Baptist Church/SWEEAC
1040 Ralph Abernathy BLVD
Atlanta, GA 30310

Tuesday, April 2
10:00am -2:00pm
Palmetto Community Center
595 Main Street
Palmetto, GA 30268

Saturday, April 13
11:00 am – 3:00pm
East Point Fire Station
2757 East Point Street
East Point, GA  30344

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.

YMCA removes economic barriers between those in need, programs

YMCA removes economic barriers between those in need, programs

ATLANTA -- The YMCA of Metro Atlanta kicked off a campaign on Tuesday that will connect families in need with scholarships, allowing them to participate in YMCA programs. 

The campaign, Why It Matters takes place once a year. For 2013, board members Charlie Yates, Jr. and Carol Cookerly will co-chair the campaign as it works towards raising $2.7 million. 

"The Y has always had an annual campaign that helped meet the need for financial assistance," Cookerly said. "But, this marks the first year we are pulling together our 23 local Ys and launching a system-wide brand and effort to secure the funds we need to continue to play a pivotal role in Atlanta by helping individuals, especially children, reach their greatest potential."