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Car Seat Mini Grant BannerHelping ensure Children are Buckled Up Right, Every Trip, Every Time!

Dalton, GA – The North Georgia Health District is excited to announce that health departments in Cherokee, Gilmer, Whitfield, and NOW Pickens counties have been awarded the prestigious 2024 Car Seat Mini-Grant by the Georgia Department of Public Health, Injury Prevention Program. This grant will enable the health departments to collaborate with community partners in their respective counties to provide car seats and educational resources to financially eligible families. The program is funded by the Governor's Office of Highway Safety, with the aim of safeguarding Georgia's children during motor vehicle rides.

Since 2007, the impact of this initiative has been remarkable! The education, car seats, and booster seats provided through the Mini-Grant have prevented serious injuries and fatalities, saving the lives of over 437 children involved in accidents in Georgia. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, car seats reduce fatal injuries by 71 percent among infants and 54 percent among children aged 1 to 4 years in passenger cars. Properly installed and used car seats offer the best protection for children in the event of a crash. Unfortunately, nearly three out of every four car seats are not used correctly, exposing children to unnecessary risks.

The Car Seat Mini-Grant represents a significant opportunity to protect children in these communities from serious injuries or death resulting from motor vehicle accidents.

Through this grant, the health departments and their partners will educate parents and caregivers on the proper installation and use of car seats. They will also provide car seat inspections and distribute car seats and booster seats to families who meet the financial eligibility criteria. With the support of the grant, agencies in more than 113 Georgia counties are working together with families to ensure that children are safely buckled up right, every trip, every time.

For more information about the car seat program, please contact the Cherokee County Health Department at their Woodstock Health Center at (770) 928-0133, the Gilmer County Health Department in Ellijay at (706) 635-4363, the Pickens County Health Department in Jasper at (706) 253-2821, or the Whitfield County Health Department in Dalton at (706) 279-9600. The addresses and operating hours of these health departments can be found by clicking on the name of the county HERE on our website. For information regarding other counties involved in the program, please email the Georgia Department of Public Health’s Child Occupant Safety Project at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Newly released! See our January 2024 issue of the North Georgia Health District Newsletter: EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS. Check out the announcement of our new North Georgia Healthcare Coalition Facilitator, Sandy Hullander, the latest Flu news, Severe Weather Preparedness updates, a new report on Opioid Overdose Deaths, and MORE. Link to the full issue by clicking the image below or go to

This newsletter is currently issued every other month and highlights our health district’s Emergency Preparedness efforts with state and local partners to help prepare our communities for disaster. To see all issues of our Emergency Preparedness newsletter, please click HERE

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Attention Georgia Healthcare Providers and Community Advocates:

Count the Kicks is an evidence-based public health program that teaches expectant parents the method for and importance of monitoring their baby's movements every day in the third trimester of pregnancy.  Healthcare providers and community advocates are invited to attend a FREE 60-minute webinar on Feb. 8th at 10am EST to learn more about the importance of educating on fetal movement monitoring in the third trimester and how to implement Count the Kicks in your setting. Join us to learn how you can help improve birth outcomes for expectant parents in Georgia.

Research shows a change in a baby’s movements could be the earliest and sometimes only indication there may be an issue with a pregnancy. Count the Kicks is a SIMPLE and FREE way for expectant parents to self-monitor to improve the chance of delivering a healthy baby, and by doing so, reduce stillbirths. According to the CDC, one out of every 175 pregnancies in the U.S. ends in stillbirth.

We hope you will join us on Feb. 8th at 10am EST to learn more. Together, we can help to deliver more healthy babies and improve birth outcomes in Georgia.


FREE Count the Kicks Webinar: Preventing Stillbirth Together

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Feb. 8th at 10am EST


The free Count the Kicks Educational Webinar for Georgia providers is made possible thanks to a partnership with the Georgia Department of Public Health and Georgia Strong Families.  Visit their websites to learn more.


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**UPDATE: 1/15/2024, 10:28 PM**

Cherokee and Murray County Health Departments Will Delay Opening to 10 AM on Tuesday

North GA – The Cherokee and Murray County Health Departments will delay opening until 10 AM on Tuesday, January 16, 2024, due to inclement weather.

It was announced earlier this evening that the North Georgia Health District office and the Fannin, Gilmer, Pickens, and Whitfield County Health Departments will also delay opening until 10 AM on Tuesday.

All public health services in these counties, including Environmental Health and WIC, will delay opening until 10 AM on Tuesday.

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