Thursday, November 16, 2017

Fulton Opens 18 Early Voting Sites for Municipal General and Special Runoff Elections

Early voting polls open November 27th – December 1st

Fulton County will open 18 Early Voting sites for eligible residents to cast their ballot in the Municipal General and Special Runoff Elections. The 18 locations will be open Monday, November 27 through Friday, December 1st, 2017 from 8:30 am – 7:00 pm.

“Due to the holidays, we can only offer one week of early voting for these runoff elections,” stated Richard Barron, Director of Registration and Elections. “We encourage residents to verify their eligibility to vote in this runoff before heading to the polls.”

Early Voting - Municipal General and Special Runoff Elections

Monday, November 27th - Friday, December 1st  

Polls Open – 8:30am – 7:00pm

It’s Great American Smokeout Day! Sign up for FREE Smoking Cessation Classes

Sign Up for the Next Session of Board of Health’s FREE Smoking Cessation Classes Starting in January

Once people were able to smoke on airplanes, in schools, restaurants, even hospitals, just about everywhere we went.  Not anymore.  The Great American Smokeout, started nationally in 1977 by the American Cancer Society, has helped flip American attitudes about smoking.  Fulton County has outlawed smoking in its buildings and facilities, and most public places and work environments around the country are now smoke-free.
“Smoking is the leading cause of preventable death and disability in the U.S.”
That’s according to the U. S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention which also points out U. S. smoking rates have dropped from 42% in 1965 to 15% in 2015.  In Georgia, about 21% of adults still smoke cigarettes.  The percentage of smokers in Fulton County is lower than the state and national averages—13%, or 13 of 100 persons uses tobacco.   Health officials say what’s alarming is the increase in the use of electronic or E-cigarettes, hookah pipe and cigar smoking among young people. 
Our program, Freedom From Smoking®, is based on science.
The BOH’s Health Promotion Department has just completed its pilot Freedom From Smoking® program created by the American Lung Association.  This “evidence-based” program has helped hundreds of thousands of smokers to “give it up” over the last 37 years. All of the experts say the best way to quit tobacco is with support, and that’s exactly what the program offers—support and guidance.
                    Session Topics
       Session 1 – Thinking About Quitting
       Session 2 – On the Road to Freedom
       Session 3 – Wanting to Quit
       Session 4 – Quit Day
       Session 5 -- Winning Strategies
       Session 6 – The New You
       Session 7 – Staying Off
       Session 8 – Celebration


For information on the smoking cessation classes, contact Health Program Administrator Kristin Dixon by email or phone:   kristin.dixon@fultoncountyga.gov or 404-612-1688. The Georgia Quit Line is also available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for help quitting smoking:  for English, call 1-877-270-STOP (7867); for Spanish, 1-855-DEJELO-YA; and if the line for persons who are hearing impaired is 1-877-777-6534.  

This Week's Fulton County Service Legend

Tracie Baugh is this week's Service Legend.
  

Tracie Baugh is this week's Service Legend because of her high level of professionalism, along with her kind and loving spirit.  Tracie is a Customer Service representative in the County Manager's Office of Customer Service. Here's her story. 

A caller contacted the Office of Customer Service and was desperate to get information about a Fulton County event.  The caller paid for and was excited about attending the activity; However, the caller had not received information about the location and time of the event.  The caller said, in today's fast paced, computer connected world it seems like people miss the importance of human interaction, For that reason, Tracie Baugh was a breath of fresh air. 

The customer said, "Tracie worked fast, efficiently and was clear in her communication.  She understood my situation and really worked hard to help. 
I really appreciate her and I thought Fulton County leadership might like to know."


Tracie Baugh is this week's Service Legend who believes in and exemplifies the County's customer service slogan - "BECAUSE WE CARE, WE SERVE".

Fulton County continues its work toward making the County 1st in Impact, Service and Efficiency.

Providing quality customer service is a part of the County's strategic plan and employees are key contributors when it comes to accomplishing this goal.  

Leadership recognizes employees are the first point of contact when it comes to service delivery.  In an effort to say "Thank You" for their exemplary service, this publication highlights employees who have delivered excellent customer service throughout their tenure with Fulton County.   

Congratulations Service Legend - Tracie Baugh!         

Upcoming Events for Children From UGA Extension Fulton County







Thursday, October 5, 2017

Breast Exams Save Lives: Fulton County Offers FREE Screenings at 3 Regional Health Centers

During National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the Fulton County Board of Health wants to remind women who live in Fulton County to get their life-saving cancer screenings available year round at its Adamsville, College Park and North Fulton regional health centers.  


Breast cancer is still the second leading cause of cancer deaths for women in the United States and in Georgia, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.  The CDC says early detection – through health screenings—can lower the death rate of breast and cervical cancers.  The CDC recommends more women should utilize these life-saving, preventive screenings.

Through Fulton County’s Breast and Cervical Cancer Program (BCCP), women who are income-eligible can receive FREE or low-cost breast and cervical screenings and other diagnostic services.  The program will cover the cost of a mammogram to uninsured Fulton residents who meet the program criteria.  To qualify for Fulton County’s BCCP program, a woman must:

  • Reside in Fulton County
  • Be uninsured or under-insured
  • Be income eligible
  • Be between the ages of 40 to 64 year
  • Have had her last mammogram more than a year.

Breast and Cervical Cancer Program Services Offered at Three Fulton County Regional Health Centers:

Adamsville Regional Health Center
General info: 404-613-4215

3700 Martin Luther King Jr. Drive SW, Atlanta, GA  30331-3674
For breast exam appointments call:

404-612-1649


College Park Regional Health Center
General info: 404-613-8865

1920 John Wesley Ave,
College Park, GA  30337


404-612-1649


North Fulton Regional Health Center
General info:  404-612-1876

3155 Royal Drive, Suite 125, Alpharetta, GA  30022


404-612-1649
                                      
Fulton County’s Breast and Cervical Cancer Program Offers Services Year Round 

Fulton County’s BCCP program has enrolled more than 10,000 uninsured women between 1995-2015 who received screenings and or diagnostic mammograms.  Fulton County partners with many civic organizations.  This includes providing clinical breast examinations and mammogram referrals to the S.C.L.C. Women’s Organizational Movement for Equality Now, Inc. since 2008. For more information about cancer screenings and other women’s health services, call the Fulton County Board of Health’s Women’s Health Division at 404-612-1649.         

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Fulton Law & Justice

Learn more about restorative justice, accountability courts and more in this month's episode of "Fulton Law & Justice."


Thursday, May 25, 2017

Fulton County Board of Health Readies for ZIKA Mosquito Season



The Fulton County Board of Health has launched an expanded and coordinated public awareness campaign to prevent any  local transmission of mosquito-borne viruses, especially Zika, from taking hold in metro Atlanta this summer.


Tip ‘n Toss all standing water!  Every three days!  

According to the CDC, one of the most effective ways of preventing the spread of the Zika virus is to control the mosquito population by eliminating standing water where mosquitoes breed. 

Zika Prevention PSA


Fulton County Board of Health officials strongly advise area residents to actively check around their homes and apartments and Tip ‘n Toss all standing water in flower pots, planters, children’s toys and outdoor furniture,  especially after every rainfall.  

Residents are also advised to clean out gutters, remove piles of leaves and keep vegetation cut low to prevent landing sites for adult mosquitoes to breed. These Tip ‘n Toss efforts will dramatically reduce the chances of local transmission in Fulton County.

To date, there has been NO local transmission of the Zika virus in Georgia.  However, according to the CDC, there have been two confirmed travel-related cases in 2017 in Fulton County—both cases occurred during travel to countries where the virus is active.

This year’s Tip ‘n Toss campaign augments Fulton County’s extensive annual mosquito surveillance and control efforts which include monitoring 12,000 mosquito traps and coordinating mosquito surveillance data with officials from the CDC and the Georgia Department of Public Health.  

If nuisance areas are identified by Fulton County Environmental Health as potential trouble spots for mosquitoes that carry Zika or West Nile Virus, Fulton County’s pest control contractor will immediately conduct barrier spraying and apply naturally derived larvicide dunks to control mosquito growth.  

For more information, check out www.preventzikainfulton.com for prevention information and updates. Residents can call the Mosquito Hotline at 404-613-1303 to report issues with standing water. 


Meet This Week's Service Legend: Kaylon Smalls



Kaylon works for the Fulton County Tax Commissioner's Office at its Alpharetta location. She is the Assistant Division Manager. Kaylon's responsibilities include supervising technical and other staff engaged in revenue collection. She monitors the status of work in progress by her team members and she works closely with them to ensure their work is completed and done well and in the spirit of excellence. 



Kaylon's supervisor is Rodney Floyd.  He says Kaylon has a passion for customer service as she formerly taught customer service for the Georgia Department of Revenue.  "Kaylon was one of the reasons why we were able to increase customer service efficiency.  She is a hard worker, she is self motivated and she relates well with her staff."

Floyd also said she is dedicated to encouraging and motivating her team to ensure the vision and goals of the Fulton County Tax Commissioner's Office are accomplished.     

Kaylon Smalls is a true Service Legend that believes in and exemplifies the County's customer service slogan - "BECAUSE WE CARE, WE SERVE." 




Fulton County continues its work toward making the County 1st in 3 in Impact, Service and Efficiency.

Providing quality customer service is a part of the County's strategic plans and employees are key contributors when it comes to accomplishing this goal.  

Leadership recognizes employees are the first point of contact when it comes to service delivery and in an effort to say Thank You for their exemplary service, this publication highlights employees who have delivered excellent customer service throughout their tenure with Fulton County.   

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Fulton County Announces Plans for $1 Billion in Infrastructure Investments

Fulton County has announced plans for $1 Billion in Infrastructure Investments over the next several years. Plans have been presented to the Board of Commissioners as well as mayors of Fulton County's 15 cities.

Plans will include:

  • $100 Million+ for Facilities upgrades
  • $570 Million for Transportation Infrastructure through the countywide TSPLOST
  • $109 Million for Phase II of the Library Capital Plan
  • $379 for Water/Wastewater Infrastructure




Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Brigitte Bailey Named as Fulton County Director of Customer Experience & Solutions

Brigitte Bailey has been named as the Director of Customer Experience & Solutions for Fulton County Government. She will report directly to Chief Operating Officer Todd Long.

Long said of the appointment, “Brigitte is well respected by those who have worked alongside her as a direct result of her tenacity and commitment, accompanied by her theoretical and practical knowledge within the public service arena.”

County Manager Dick Anderson has emphasized customer service delivery since joining Fulton County in 2015. He said of Bailey’s appointment, “Brigitte has the skills, institutional knowledge and commitment to make a real impact in shaping service delivery from the customer perspective. She has our full support as we continue our work to make Fulton County first in customer service.”

Bailey will work with all Fulton County departments to improve the customer experience, including everything from customer greetings to the redesign of the County website.  Her work will include assisting in the County’s Digital government strategy, employee recognition programs, and establishing metrics to track customer service.

Brigitte has served with Fulton County Government for 19 years. During her tenure, she has held a variety of roles, most recently as Audit Administrator in the Office of the County Auditor. Other roles have included Assistant Chief of Administration, Community Research Analyst, Program Evaluation Specialist and Administrative Coordinator.  

Prior to her career in public service, Bailey served as a Trust and Investment Management Officer for SunTrust Bank, Atlanta and worked in various financial coordinating positions for the Northern Trust Company and Citibank Illinois. 


Brigitte holds a Master’s degree in Public Administration from Central Michigan University and a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Spelman College.  She is a candidate for the Certified Public Manager Program where program completion is expected in September 2017.