District Programs

Volunteer Opportunities

The North Georgia Health District encourages residents within Cherokee, Fannin, Gilmer, Murray, Pickens and Whitfield Counties to volunteer with one of these emergency response volunteer organizations that are prepared to support the North Georgia Health District as we respond to public health crises:

Emergency Response Volunteer Organizations Serving Counties in the North Georgia Health District:

American Red Cross, Northwest Georgia Chapter
Includes Whitfield and Murray Counties
Contact:  Sarah Egan, Emergency Services Program Manager
Website:  http://www.redcross.org/ga/rome
Phone:     706-291-6648

American Red Cross, Metropolitan Atlanta Chapter
Cherokee County
Contact:  Debora Barseal, Volunteer Coordinator

Website:  http://www.atlantaredcross.org
Phone:    404-876-3302

American Red Cross, Northeast Georgia Chapter
Includes Fannin, Gilmer and Pickens Counties
Contact:  Larry Tyson, Emergency Services Program Manager
Website:  http://www.redcross.org/ga/gainesville
Phone:     770-532-8453

Community Emergency Response Team (CERT)
Cherokee County, Office of Homeland Security-Emergency Management (OHS-EM)
Cherokee County
Contact:  Renee Cornelison, CERT Coordinator
Website:  http://www.cherokeega-ema.org/cert.cfm
Phone:     678-493-4033

Community Emergency Response Team (CERT)
Gilmer County Emergency Management Agency
Gilmer County
Contact:  Raymond Hughes
Website:  http://www.citizencorps.gov/cc/showCert.do?id=44908

Phone:     706-635-8249

Community Emergency Response Team (CERT)
Whitfield County Emergency Services
Whitfield County
Contact:  Jeff Ownby/Carla Kelley
Website:  http://www.citizencorps.gov/cert/
Phone:     706-370-4911

For information about the Medical Reserve Corps and MRC volunteer opportunities in Georgia, please log onto http://www.medicalreservecorps.gov/

HIV/AIDS - Get tested. Know your status.

HIV/AIDS awareness ribbonAnyone can get HIV. There is no cure for HIV, but it can be prevented. If you need HIV care call 706-281-2360.


  • In 2010, the number of persons living with HIV/AIDS in Georgia was 33,920.
  • Each year in the U.S. an estimated 50,000 new HIV infections occur according to the CDC.  Currently CDC estimates over 1.2 million people in the United States have HIV and 14% of those do not know they are infected.

 Useful Information

http://www.cdc.gov/hiv/basics/index.html (HIV Basics)

http://www.cdc.gov/hiv/library/factsheets/index.html (All HIV Fact Sheets)

http://www.cdc.gov/hiv/pdf/risk_WIC.pdf  (Fact Sheet – HIV among Pregnant Women, Infants, and Children in the United States)

http://www.cdc.gov/hiv/resources/factsheets/PDF/stats_basics_factsheet.pdf  (Fact Sheet – HIV in the United States: At A Glance)

http://www.cdc.gov/hiv/pdf/risk_latino2.pdf (Fact Sheet - HIV Among Latinos)

http://www.cdc.gov/hiv/spanish/pdf/spanish_risk_racialEthnic_latinos2.pdf (Fact Sheet - HIV Among Latinos – Spanish)

http://www.cdc.gov/nchhstp/newsroom/docs/2012/HIV-Infections-2007-2010.pdf (New HIV Infections in the United States)

http://aidsvu.org/state/georgia/ (Georgia Stats on HIV)


Disclaimer: Some of the material presented here may not be suitable for children under 13 to view without the supervision and guidance of a parent, guardian or other responsible adult.

Are you a Community Agency who wants to provide HIV Counseling and Testing? Please call the Living Bridge Center located in the Whitfield County Health Department at 706-281-2360.


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