Program Highlight of the Week:
Meet our Emergency
Preparedness and Response Team!
Front Row: (L) Megan Craft, (R) Megan Brantley
Back Row: Left to right: Nichole Evans, Jennifer Stokes, Jodi Bazemore, and Jill Bracewell
…and below one of our great nurses: Stacey Upshaw RN, MSN
The mission of the Emergency Preparedness and Response (EPR) team is to assure the health and well-being of individuals in the ten counties in our district by preparing for, responding to and recovering from events of public health significance.
Planning and response includes all hazards that pose a risk to the health and well-being of our district; support outside of our district when called upon for assistance; support of our regional health care coalition to prepare for and respond to medical surge events; working together with our community health care organizations.
EPR leads efforts related to Emergency Support Function 8 (Health and Medical) and support Emergency Support Function 6 (Mass Care) by providing technical assistance and guidance as well as communication and logistics to support communities during times of disaster or emergency.
We appreciate the hard work of this group! Thanks for keeping us all safe!
A Message from the Health Director…
Welcome to the website for the South Central Health District, the local ten-county representative of the Georgia Department of Public Health serving Bleckley, Dodge, Johnson, Laurens, Montgomery, Pulaski, Telfair, Treutlen, Wheeler, and Wilcox counties. Our mission is to prevent disease, promote better health, and ensure that families have the resources they need to prepare for and respond to health emergencies caused by flooding, hurricanes, tornadoes, and even acts of bioterrorism or outbreaks of infectious disease. WE PROTECT LIVES!
Every day more than 135+ dedicated public health employees throughout our district are working to protect YOU! We provide testing of every newborn for life-threatening conditions; we inspect the restaurants you dine in; we inspect the public swimming pools you swim in to make sure they are safe. Additionally, we offer both childhood and adult vaccinations to guard against many life-ending or life-altering diseases. Each year during flu season, our flu immunization program protects you and your families at work and at school. We promote smoking cessation to fight chronic lung disease and heart disease. We provide women with screening for breast cancer and cervical cancer. We have programs to encourage exercise and healthy eating to combat childhood obesity among our young people. As a new initiative of the Georgia Department of Public Health, we are providing programs that encourage “Early Brain Development” in infants and children age birth to 2 years, realizing this is the foundation of a healthier, educated, prosperous future for Georgia—and it all starts with language and talking with (and reading to) your baby from birth.
We also have public health employees and practitioners working to stop the spread of HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, and sexually transmitted infections (STIs)—and we are doing more to link people to the specialty care needed for these diseases. We provide Health Promotion and Education to prevent or minimize the effects of hypertension and diabetes through nutrition and weight management programs.
Lastly, we are collaborating like never before with other programs and agencies (such as EMS, CDC, local and state government, schools/academic institutions, and various healthcare institutions through our Regional Healthcare Coalition) to prepare for disaster-related health implications such as hurricane sheltering, flooding, and potential mass treatments for epidemics or bioterrorism. The South Central Health District even helped with our district’s first-ever hurricane impact in October 2018!
Georgia Public Health feels that people enjoy longer and happier lives when they live healthy lives in healthy families and in healthy communities. We at the South Central Health District want to provide the resources to achieve this for every resident of–and visitor to–our ten-county district. Please feel free to peruse our website to learn more about the many services and programs that we offer.
Thomas E. Craft, Jr., M.D.
District Health Director, South Central Health District
Georgia Department of Public Health
Need Data and Statistics?
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