• Request for Proposals Due April 28

    NORTH GEORGIA HEALTH DISTRICT - The Living Bridge Center is requesting proposals for 3 separate items: 1) The Installation of New Flooring, 2) Medical Equipmemt Furnishing, and 3) Renovation/Construction in the building located at 1200 West Waugh, Suite A, in Dalton Georgia. Proposals will be evaluated to determine the most advantageous based on vendor experience and qualifications as well as total cost. Sealed proposals are due no later than 1 p.m. on Friday, April 28, 2017. Proposals are to be mailed or hand delivered to the attention of Stephen Tonya, Financial Operations & Services Manager of the North Georgia Health District - Please see attachments for all details, including mailing instructions and specifications.

  • The North Georgia Health District office in Dalton and public Health  Departments and programs in Cherokee, Fannin, Gilmer, Murray, Pickens and Whitfield Counties will be CLOSED for a state holiday on Monday, April 25. This includes all Children's public health programs and WIC services. We will resume normal hours of operation on Tuesday.

  • Dalton (GA) April 27, 2012 - Dr. J. Sherwood Jones with patient Elizabeth ReidMedical Access Clinic physician volunteer Dr. J. Sherwood Jones with patient Elizabeth Reid. Dr. Jones has volunteered with the clinic for over 10 years. Ms. Reid said, "Dr. Jones has been a wonderful friend who has coached me through to a much healthier weight and lifestyle. I couldn't have done it without him."A primary care clinic that is unique in Whitfield County is the Medical Access Clinic located in the Whitfield County Health Department.

    The Medical Access Clinic, also known as MAC, is an Adult Primary Care clinic that focuses on low-cost, high-quality medical care and overall wellness for patients. The staff consists of Dr. Mark Elam, medical director, Debbie York, APRN, clinic manager, and advanced practice registered nurses, registered nurses, clinical and administrative support staff and community physician volunteers that are specialists in the areas of family medicine, internal medicine, urology, nephrology, pulmonology and general surgery.

    "Due to the strong support of our community partners, including our medical volunteers, we are able to offer adult primary care and specialty care through public health," said Gayle Brannon, health department manager.

  • Dalton (GA) April 27, 2012 - raccoonWhitfield County Environmental Health officials announced today that a raccoon found last week in Dalton has tested positive for rabies.

    Odin Stephens of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) Wildlife Services said he had retrieved the dead raccoon from the garage of a LaVista Road residence on April 16 and tested it for rabies. Stephens reported to county environmental health yesterday that the results were positive.

    This testing was part of wildlife vaccination and surveillance in this area that is being done under the USDA/APHIS Wildlife Services and the National Rabies Management Program.

  • STD Awareness PosterClick image to download poster (pdf)Dalton (GA) April 13, 2012 – Approximately 19 million new sexually transmitted infections occur every year in the United States – and almost half of these are among young people aged 15 to 24, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

    Sexually transmitted diseases (STD) pose a serious public health threat to Americans – particularly young women, African Americans, men who have sex with men (MSM), and individuals living in poverty or who have limited access to healthcare. STDs cost the United States’ health care system as much as $17.0 billion annually.
  • Gayle BrannonGayle Brannon is the new Manager of the Whitfield County Health Department; however, she is certainly no stranger to this area or to public health.

    Mrs. Brannon most recently served the North Georgia Health District in Dalton as Assistant Director of Public Health Nursing and Clinical services and as Director of Public Health Nursing and Clinical services for the Northwest Georgia Health District based in Rome. In both positions she had oversight of the programmatic and financial operations of clinical programs key to public health services such as child health, adult health, immunizations, HIV services, cardiovascular disease prevention, WIC, tuberculosis, epidemiology, and pharmacy.
  • Nancy StackhouseCherokee County (GA) April 11, 2012 - Cherokee County Health Immunization Outreach Coordinator Nancy Stackhouse, LPN, is the 2012 CDC Childhood Immunization Champion for the state of Georgia.

    The CDC Childhood Immunization Champion Award is a new annual award that recognizes individuals who make a significant contribution toward improving public health through their work in childhood immunization.
  • Mayor Gene Hobgood with Cherokee County Health Department Manager Denise Bowman at left and Cherokee County Immunization Outreach Coordinator Nancy Stackhouse on the rightCanton Mayor Gene Hobgood with Cherokee County Health Department Manager Denise Bowman at left and Cherokee County Immunization Outreach Coordinator Nancy Stackhouse on rightDalton (GA) April 11, 2012 - Each year, thousands of children become ill from diseases that could have been prevented by basic childhood immunizations. Countless more miss time from day care and school because they are under-immunized or inappropriately immunized.

    During the week of April 21-28, 2012 the North Georgia Health District and health departments in Cherokee, Fannin, Gilmer, Murray, Pickens and Whitfield Counties will observe National Infant Immunization Week (NIIW). NIIW is a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) initiative designed to raise awareness about the importance of childhood immunizations. Each year during NIIW, state, regional and local public health officials highlight the importance of vaccinations for children under the age of two.

  • Teen-Pregnancy-Awareness-Day-Flyer
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    3 in 10 Girls in the US get pregnant at least once before age 20. - STAYteen.org

    Join us for a Watch PartyMay 4, 2011! 

    Teens, Pre-Teens, and Parents:  view MTV's '16 and Pregnant'

    Time:  4:30pm - 5:30pm

    Location: Dalton Parks & Recreation Center

    Presented by North Georgia Health District Teen Health Program

    For more information view the flyer or call 706-281-2327
  • Date: Thursday, May 12, 2011
    Its-A-Party
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    Time: 6:00pm - 8:00pm

    Location:  Boys & Girls Club of Dalton

    for Teens ages 13 and up and their parents

    For more Information view the flyer or call 706-281-2327

    Presented by North Georgia Health District Teen Health Program and Vision of Hope

  • The North Georgia Health District joins the Georgia Department of Community Health (DCH) in reminding residents of Cherokee, Fannin, Gilmer, Murray, Pickens and Whitfield Counties that National Infant Immunization Week (NIIW) is April 23 - 30, 2011. NIIW emphasizes the importance of protecting infants from vaccine-preventable diseases.

    Infant Immunization Schedule Parents and caregivers will have a chance to become better educated on the importance of vaccination and protecting their newborns against diseases during NIIW.

    “Infants are particularly vulnerable to infectious diseases, and it is critical that we as caregivers and parents make sure they receive their immunizations,” says Dr. Anil T. Mangla, Program Director of Infectious Disease and Immunization, Georgia Department of Community Health.


    Each day, approximately 12,000 babies are born in the United States who will need to be immunized before age 2 against 14 vaccine-preventable diseases. Some of the most common vaccine-preventable diseases are pertussis (whooping cough), influenza and chicken pox.

    Take proper precaution and immunize your child. Review the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommendations and discuss an immunization schedule with your infant’s pediatrician. Protect, love and immunize your child.

    For more information on immunization, contact your local health department (phone numbers for the North Georgia Health District county health departments are listed below) or visit http://health.state.ga.us/programs/immunization.
  • Approximately 19 million new sexually transmitted infections occur every year in the United States – and almost half of these are among young people aged 15 to 24, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

    Sexually transmitted diseases (STD) pose a serious public health threat to Americans – particularly young women, African Americans, men who have sex with men (MSM), and individuals who live in poverty or have limited access to healthcare. STDs cost the United States’ health care system as much as $17 billion annually.

    STDs such as chlamydia and gonorrhea are major causes of infertility among women. These and other common STDs can increase the risk of HIV transmission for both women and men.

    There are many effective ways to prevent, diagnose, and treat STDs. STD screening and early diagnoses are vital to prevent serious health consequences and increased transmission.
  • Did you know that a food service establishment could score a 91 with one critical violation? If you don’t read the inspection report, your initial thoughts might be “Wow, they scored great!” What you don’t know is that they could have violated critical categories such as temperatures, food-handling, and personal hygiene. These critical violations can count as much as 9 points and are the “guts” of the food service program. Critical violations can certainly lead to food-borne illness! It is very important that you read the inspection report upon entering the facility. Once you know what the violations were, you can make a better decision on whether or not to dine at that particular establishment.
  • Please join the Pickens County Health Department and Community Partners to help celebrate National Infant Immunization Week on Thursday, April 29, 2010 from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm.

    Parents,
    NIIW 2010 Pickens
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    Bring the kids and join us for a fun filled day at the health department.
    It is a great opportunity to take advantage of:
    • Free 3231’s (immunization forms for school/daycare)
    • Free H1N1 Vaccinations
    • Free Tdap Vaccines for Post-Partum Mothers on WIC
    • Community Resources
    • Fun and Games for the Kids
  • Symptoms of swine flu
    Symptoms of H1N1 flu
    Beginning Monday, October 19, North Georgia Health District county health departments will expand the provision of their limited supply of H1N1 nasal-spray vaccine to include healthy people ages 2 to 24 years old.

    The health departments in Cherokee, Fannin, Gilmer, Murray, Pickens and Whitfield Counties will provide the vaccine at no charge. However, an administrative fee may be charged through Medicare, Medicaid, and all third party insurance including State Health Benefit plans for United Healthcare and Cigna. Persons are asked to bring their insurance cards with them at the time of service.

    Service is based on a first-come, first-served basis until the current vaccine supply is depleted. The 2009 H1N1 vaccine will not protect you from the seasonal flu. People should get both kinds of flu vaccine to protect themselves from getting sick. You cannot get the flu by taking this vaccine.

    However, the nasal spray (live, attenuated influenza vaccine, or LAIV) sometimes produces mild side effects. The most common side effects are runny nose, wheezing, sore throat, nasal congestion, and fever. These are rare and less severe than any problems created by actually having the flu.

      The nasal spray also should not be given to the following:
    • Children that are younger than 2 years old,
    • Children and adults with asthma or recurrent wheezing problems,
    • Children receiving treatments containing aspirin or steroids,
    • Children and adults with sensitivity to eggs, egg proteins, gentamicin, gelatin or arginine,
    • Children and adults who have a muscle, nerve, or seizure disorder that could lead to breathing or swallowing problems,
    • Children and adults who have a weakened immune system or any other chronic conditions.
    • Persons who have received an injectable live virus vaccine (e.g., MMR, varicella) in the past 4 weeks – they should wait 28 days before receiving live nasal spray vaccine, and
    • Live nasal spray vaccine for seasonal flu and live nasal spray vaccine for 2009 H1N1 flu should be separated by a minimum of four weeks.
    Residents are asked to contact their local county health department for specific information about seasonal and novel H1N1 vaccinations (phone numbers are listed below.)
    Georgia H1N1 Vaccine Provider Locator now available
    Novel H1N1 Virus (Swine Flu) Facts and Recommendations (English & Spanish)

    Seasonal Flu Shots are still available at local health departments for $20.

    Contact numbers and regular hours of operation for local health departments are:

    Cherokee County Health Department
    Canton Office - 770-345-7371
    Woodstock Office - 770-928-0133
    Clinic Hours:
    Protect Yourself from the Flu....Cover & Wash
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    Monday-Friday 8am - 5pm

    Fannin County Health Department

    706-632-3023
    Clinic Hours:
    Monday-Friday 8am - 5pm
    closed for lunch from 12pm-1pm

    Gilmer County Health Department
    706-635-4363
    Clinic Hours:

    Monday-Friday 8am - 5pm

    Murray County Health Department
    706-695-4585
    Clinic Hours:

    Monday-Friday 8am - 5pm

    Pickens County Health Departments
    GA DCH H1N1(Swine Flu) Information
    706-253-2821
    Clinic Hours:

    Monday-Friday 8am - 5pm
    Closed for lunch from 12pm-1pm

    Whitfield County Health Department
    706-279-9600
    Clinic Hours:
    Monday-Friday 8am - 5pm
  • Become Tobacco FreeThe Murray County Health Department is pleased to present:

    THE AMERICAN LUNG ASSOCIATION
    FREEDOM FROM SMOKING ® STOP SMOKING CLINIC

    Start Date: April 28th, 2009 at 12:00 p.m
    Location: Murray County Health Department

  • National Infant Immunization Week

    More information to come...
  • -RABIES SHOTS REQUIRED-
    It’s a Georgia Law! ALL DOGS AND CATS (3 months & older) MUST BE VACCINATED. Here’s your chance to save money and protect your pet.

    CHEROKEE COUNTY 4-H RABIES CLINIC APRIL 18, 2009
    RAIN OR SHINE- ONE DAY ONLY- NO MAKE UP DATES

  • Prevention best “cure” for many health problemsApples 
    Dalton (GA) April 6, 2009 —Benjamin Franklin once said, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure” – and the best cure for many of the most prevalent health problems in the United States is to prevent them in the first place through healthy lifestyle choices.
  • FDA Alerts Consumers to Recall of Certain Pistachios
    FDA and California Inspectors IdentifySalmonella
    (updates @http://www.fda.gov/pistachios/)

    The FDA and the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) are investigating Salmonella contamination in pistachio products sold by Setton Pistachio of Terra Bella Inc, Calif. The company has stopped all distribution of processed pistachios and will issue a voluntary recall involving approximately 1 million pounds of its products. Because the pistachios were used as ingredients in a variety of foods, it is likely this recall will impact many products. In addition, the investigation at the company is ongoing and may lead to additional pistachio product recalls.

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