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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 Health Services promote World TB Day

Fulton County Health Services promote World TB Day

ATLANTA -- In support of World TB Day on March 24th, the Fulton County Department of Health and Wellness will sponsor Tuberculosis Awareness Events for residents to learn more about the disease. County residents are encouraged to take advantage of the following opportunities to gain valuable information about tuberculosis:

Wednesday, March 20 - 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.  Be TB AWARE Health Fair/Presentation in Observance of World TB Day (FREE HIV Testing & TB test if needed / Refreshments) at the Aldredge Health Center located at 99 Jesse Hill Jr. Dr., SE, Atlanta, GA 30303

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.'