District 4 Public Health

Serving Butts, Carroll, Coweta, Fayette, Heard, Henry, Lamar, Meriwether, Pike, Spalding, Troup and Upson Counties of GA.

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Now Hiring For Clinical Staff

The Coweta County Health Department has an immediate need for clinical staff.

We are now hiring for the positions of LPN and RN.

Please visit http://team.gerogia.gov/ go to “My career” and then to “job openings.”
The keyword for the LPN job announcement is HEA01N2. The keyword for the RN position is HEA01N1. Apply today!
For question please call Donna West, HR Recruiter,

District 4  Georgia Department of Public Health, 706.298.7730

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We look forward to serving you!

 

National Nutrition Month

                                                  March is National Nutrition Month

There are several different sources that can help you develop a healthy lifestyle, but MyPlate accommodates the whole family- whether it is meal planning, proportions, your daily physical activity, etc. There are many different ways to take that first step into healthy living for both you and your family. Use the link listed below for all the tips and jump starts you may need.

Choose MyPlate

First Confirmed Flu-Related Death in Georgia

The Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH) is confirming the first flu-related death in the state this year. The individual was an elderly adult. Flu activity is increasing statewide, along with the number of hospitalizations due to flu-related illness.
“Every healthy individual over the age of six months should get a flu vaccine,” said Brenda Fitzgerald, M.D., commissioner of the Georgia Department of Public Health. “It is especially important for the elderly and very young to get a flu shot. And, when given to women during pregnancy, the vaccine can protect both mother and baby up to six months old from flu.”
Symptoms of flu include fever, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, headache, chills and fatigue. One of the most pronounced flu symptoms is an overall feeling of achiness and malaise that comes on quickly. There are other things you can do to help protect against flu, including:

 

  • Frequent and thorough hand-washing. Alcohol based gels are the next best thing if there is no access to soap and water.
  • Covering your nose and mouth when coughing and sneezing to help prevent the spread of the flu. Use a tissue or cough or sneeze into the crook of your elbow or arm.
  • Avoid touching your face as flu germs can get into the body through mucus membranes of the nose, mouth and eyes.
  • If you are sick, stay home from school or work. Flu sufferers should be free of fever without the use of a fever reducer for at least 24 hours before returning to school or work.

 

See a doctor to get a prescription for antiviral drugs, such as Tamiflu®, if it is deemed appropriate. Antiviral drugs are most effective when administered within one or two days of symptoms appearing.
Flu season can last into March or April, so it is important to take preventative measures now to minimize the effects of the flu and stay healthy.

Ready GA APP

December 5-9 is Winter Weather Preparedness Week. Each day of the week emphasizes a different aspect of being prepared for winter weather.

 

In addition to these, there is an app that has been launched to help you and your family stay prepared always. Check it out here.

 

Smoke From Wildfires Moves Into Georgia

Please click the file below for important information regarding wildfire smoke moving into our region.

Smoke From Wild Fires

Emergency Preparedness and Response Team Participate in CERT Training for the Deaf

 

The Newnan Times-Herald did a great job capturing the events of this day. It was a privilege to participate in this, making history. For more information on this event, click the link listed below.

The Newnan Times-Herald

Suicide Prevention

 

September is National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month. According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, suicide is the third leading cause of death among young people and is often the result of mental health conditions that effect people when they are most vulnerable.

One conversation could change a life. Click here for warning signs and crisis and information resources.

Butts County Low Birthweight Prevention Initiative

According to Kids Count, as of 2013, one in every 10 births in Georgia was low birthweight. As of 2014, 9.6 percent of births in Georgia were low birthweight, one of the highest in the nation. Butts County was at 8.9 percent. Click here to learn more of how Beta Club Members are working toward lowering this rate.

Getting Settled In

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Front Entrance on Main Street

It would be an understatement to say that District 4 staff are excited about their new building. Moving locations from the Gordon Commercial site had been in the making for quite some time. Newnan, Hogansville and even other parts of LaGrange were considerations leading up to this perfect downtown fit. However, few were holding their breaths that this move would actually come to fruition- but it did- just two years after Dr. Obasanjo stepped into the role of District 4’s Health Director.  “Being under Dr. O.’s leadership, I knew this was the real thing,” said Cassandra Peterson, District 4’s Human Resources Analyst. What had been years of a rumor has now become our reality.

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Chiquita Jackson and Bobbie Acevedo (WIC Call Center)

                The most exciting part about this move is the location. We are now in the heart of LaGrange, closer to this community, closer to our homes, out in the open and more visible for everyone else to see. Even at the beginning stages of the building, just after the old fire station had been torn down, we were already bringing folks to see. In August of 2015, District 4 was privileged to host a District Health Director’s Meeting and excited to show other Districts our new building location and plans.  Mr. Speer Burdette, President and General Manager of Callaway Foundation, Inc., referenced the economic impact of District 4’s move to Downtown LaGrange, bringing approximately fifty more people during the work week to enjoy the local restaurants and quaint shops.  “One of the things I am looking forward to most about this particular location is that if I want to go uptown to sit on the square and enjoy the fountain during my break, I can!” says Bobbie Acevedo, District 4’s WIC Call Center Customer Service Representative.

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Front View on Main Street Coming Into Town

Aside from the location being perfect, the building itself has already shown to be a positive shift. District 4’s Administrative Assistant for Children’s 1st, Elliette Moncada, said that she is looking forward to being closer to other program staff whom she would not have interacted with to such a degree in the other building. We went from two buildings joined by a breezeway, to this single building where we are actually in contact and daily communication with people that we have been working with for years but never saw. More highlights of this building that staff are enjoying are all the windows, the open space, newness, greatly improved security and a beautiful sign that makes a statement as people come into town.

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James Townsend and Chris Miller (District I.T.)

We are happy the move is over and looking forward to all of the new possibilities this location, building and the staff that comprise it will bring. “I suspect an increase in productivity,” says Amy Nixon, District 4’s Human Resources Transactions and Benefits Coordinator. Having a new facility gives a fresh start. It makes employees feel appreciated and valued which, in turn, improves the effectiveness of us being able to lead the way for our communities to live healthier and safer lives. District 4 strives to provide easier access to quality health services, engage in strong community partnerships, and promote healthy behaviors for everyone that we serve; we are all excited to do this with a brand new start.

You are invited to join us on July 29th at 11:30 a.m. for our ribbon cutting and open house at 301 Main Street.