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Fulton County Health Services to sponsor back to school immunization rush sites

Fulton County Health Services to sponsor back to school immunization rush sites

ATLANTA -- The new school year is set to start August 12, 2013 for Fulton County Public Schools and August 7th for Atlanta Public Schools. The Fulton County Department of Health and Wellness will kick-off the Back to School Immunization Rush on Monday, July 29, 2013.  This year's immunization and vision and hearing screenings will be held at three points of dispensing (PODS).

“On July 29, our Nursing Division will focus on giving vaccinations, eye-ear-dental screenings and the required certifications for children to attend school,” says Patrice A. Harris, MD, Director of Fulton County Health Services. 

Accepted Forms of Payment include: Visa and Mastercard, Cash, Medicaid, United HealthCare and CIGNA. For financial assistance, clients must present proof of income. Non-Fulton County residence will be charged the full fee for services.

Fulton County Health Services encourages residents to learn their status on National HIV Testing Day

Fulton County Health Services encourages residents to learn their status on National HIV Testing Day

ATLANTA -- The Fulton County Department of Health and Wellness will recognize National HIV Testing Day (NHTD) on Friday, June 27 by offering free HIV/STI testing and counseling at three locations.

The NHTD is an annual campaign to encourage all individuals to “Take the Test Take Control” in order to know their HIV status.  Knowing your status helps to keep you, your family and your community safe from sexually transmitted infections (STIs), including HIV.

Free and confidential HIV/STI testing is available at the following locations:

10:00am – 8:00pm
The Mall West End
850 Oak Street - Atlanta, GA 30310

11:30am – 6:30pm
Underground Atlanta
50 Upper Alabama – Atlanta, GA 30303

3:00pm – 9:00pm
Walgreens
2711 Metropolitan Parkway - Atlanta, 30315

Get skin cancer screenings for free with Kaiser Permanente

Get skin cancer screenings for free with Kaiser Permanente

ATLANTA -- Kaiser Permanente of Georgia is offering free skin cancer screenings at a couple of locations near Atlanta. 

A spokeswoman for Kaiser Permanente said the screenings are here for those spending more time outdoors this spring, and early detection is important to stay protected. All residents are invited.

Further, sun exposure continues to be the leading cause of skin cancer, making the spring and summer months more risky. Kaiser Permanente reminds everyone who plans to be in the sun to always wear sunscreen to protect their skin.

The screenings are being held Wednesday at the Kaiser Permanente Crescent Medical Center in Tucker and at the Kaiser Permanente Cumberland Medical Center on Cumberland Parkway. 

Screenings will be given on a first come, first serve basis. Hours are 8:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. 

Manuel's Tavern to go smoke-free

Manuel's Tavern to go smoke-free

ATLANTA -- The owner of Manuel's Tavern in Virginia-Highland fought hard in 2005 when state officials were considering a ban on indoor smoking at restaurants.

Now, the watering hole established in 1956 is opting to go smoke-free.

Manuel's owner Brian Maloof and other business owners initially feared business would suffer if smoking was banned.

"We opposed it," Maloof told WABE. "I was down there myself speaking out against it -- an individual business rights to make a decision on their own. And the legislature came to that decision."

But there has been a shift in public opinion, Maloof said. Business is suffering because of Manuel's smoking policy, he added.

"I know definitely in January of 2014, we'll be 100 percent smoke-free," he said.

Fulton County Health and Human Services answers call to action to reduce health disparities

Fulton County Health and Human Services answers call to action to reduce health disparities

ATLANTA -- April is National Minority Health Month. This year’s theme, “Health Equity Can’t Wait: Act Now in Your CommUNITY!”, is a call to action and unity for the nation to get involved and invested in reducing health disparities.  Since 2009, Fulton County Health and Human Services has been providing integrated services to residents in an effort to address health disparities and assist them with living healthier lifestyles.

“Fulton County continues to address health disparities that affect some of our communities more than others,” states Patrice A. Harris, MD, Director of Fulton County Health Services. “Everyone has a stake in community health; we have to work together to find solutions.”

Fulton County Health Services recognizes National Public Health Week

Fulton County Health Services recognizes National Public Health Week

FULTON COUNTY -- April 1 – 7, 2013 is National Public Health Week (NPHW). The Fulton County Health Services teams remind residents that the Fulton County Department of Health and Wellness is dedicated to promoting, protecting and assuring the health and wellness of the people of Fulton County. During NPHW, residents are encouraged to join the effort to keep Fulton County healthy.

Since 1995, the American Public Health Association (APHA) has served as lead organizer for National Public Health Week. During the first full week of April each year, communities across the United States have observed NPHW as a time to recognize the contributions of public health and highlight issues that are important to improving the public’s health.

During National Public Health Week, APHA and Fulton County Health Services encourages residents of all ages and make a difference by actively:

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2013 Georgia Rides to the Capitol to raise cycling support

2013 Georgia Rides to the Capitol to raise cycling support

ATLANTA -- The 2013 "Georgia Rides to the Capitol" event will be held through the city on Tuesday, March 26.

A spokeswoman for the ride said more than 1,000 cyclists are expected to participate, as part of the Metro Atlanta Mayors Association "GEORGIA BIKES!" program. The bike ride will be escorted by police, and run track through Decatur and Roswell. Leading the pack will be Commissioner Fred Boykin and Mayor Jere Wood, along with more city officials. 

During the "Georgia Rides to the Capitol" event, cyclists hope to raise support for other types of transportation through the metro region. Plus, they hope conditions will improve to allow easier cycling, including the development of regional systems and both on-road bicycling facilities and multi-use trails.