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Public Health Reception Celebrates New Dept. & Comr., Highlights Dept.’s Priorities for Children

Last night, Governor Deal addressed a crowd of nearly 100 people – child and health advocates, legislators, and agency heads – at Voices for Georgia’s Children’s reception to celebrate the new, executive-level Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH) and welcome Dr. Brenda Fitzgerald as its commissioner. (In July 2011, DPH became a stand-alone, cabinet-level agency after more than 30 years of being consolidated under other departments.)

Governor Deal, with First Lady Sandra Deal and Comr. Fitzgerald standing by, spoke to the group at the Freight Depot about the important role DPH plays in the lives of Georgia’s children, especially in reducing childhood obesity – a significant problem in Georgia, as our children are the heaviest in the country next to Mississippi.

Comr. Fitzgerald – a founding board member of Voices and new member of Governor Deal’s “Leadership Team for Children” – also addressed the crowd and discussed DPH’s priorities for 2012, which include, but are not limited to, infant mortality, childhood immunizations and childhood obesity. (Learn more about Comr. Firzgerald’s plans for DPH here and read our 2012 Health Steps Indicators publication for more information on these issues in Georgia.)

All in all, the event was a great show of support for DPH and Comr. Fitzgerald and recognized the important job they have in making life better for Georgia’s children. (View pictures from the event on our Facebook page.)

We are grateful for all those who attended the reception and for the support of our event sponsors:

BCDI-Atlanta

Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Atlanta

Georgia Assoc. of Homes & Services for Children

Georgia Budget and Policy Institute

Georgia Chapter American Academy of Pediatrics

Georgia Dental Association

Georgia Early Education Alliance for Ready Students

Georgia Partnership for Excellence in Education

Georgia Women for a Change

Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies

Healthy Start Programs of Georgia

Hemophilia of Georgia

Interfaith Children’s Movement

Junior League of Atlanta

Southern Education Foundation

United Way of Metro Atlanta

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