Thursday, November 30, 2017

Fulton County Board of Health Observes World AIDS Day with FREE HIV Testing and Counseling 12/1

The Fulton County Board of Health is observing World AIDS Day on Friday, December 1st by offering  HIV health education and FREE HIV testing and counseling . 

According to the CDC, 1 in 2 people with HIV have had the virus at least 3 years before being diagnosed.  Therefore, Fulton County Board of Health encourages you to know your HIV status by getting tested and to learn about the latest in HIV treatment and prevention services offered through the Fulton County Board of Health. 

This World AIDS Day event is free and open to the public and features:

•          Free condoms and condom demonstrations.
•           Free, confidential HIV testing and counseling .
•           Educational sessions on the medical and dental services for patients who are HIV positive.
•           Information on PrEP, a pharmaceutical drug to prevent the spread of HIV for those who are at high risk. 
•           General health screenings.

Stop by Greenbriar Mall on 12/1 from noon - 7:00 p.m.

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: 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!         

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