Whitfield County Health Department Tuesday hours change November 27

clockDalton (GA) – Hours of operation for the Whitfield County Health Department will change by half an hour only on Tuesdays, beginning November 27. The new hours will be from 7:30 AM to 6:30 PM on Tuesday, which remains the longest day of operation for the health department each week. The Whitfield County Health Department extended operational hours on Tuesdays in 2010 to provide residents with better access to public health clinical services.

All hours for the Whitfield County Health Department will be as follows: 


    • Monday, Wednesday, Thursday - 7:30 AM - 4:30 PM 
    • Tuesday - 7:30 AM – 6:30 PM 
    • Friday - 7:30 AM - 1:00 PM

 The dental clinic is open Monday through Thursday from 8 AM to 5 PM, except for lunch from 1 PM to 2 PM., and from 8 AM to 2 PM on Friday, with no lunch.

The Whitfield County Health Department is located at 800 Professional Boulevard in Dalton. To learn more about the health department and the wide variety of public health services provided there, log onto http://nghd.org/locations/health-depts/whitfield-health.html.

You can QUIT during the Great American Smokeout®, Nov. 16th!

Great American SmokeOut Button for November 16North GeorgiaReady to quit? You can do it for at least one day this Thursday, November 16th during the Great American Smokeout®! Every year on the third Thursday of November, many Georgians join tobacco users across the nation in giving up using tobacco and electronic cigarettes for the entire day during this Great American Smokeout® event, initiated by the American Cancer Society[1]. Quitting for just one day is an important step toward a healthier you, especially if that one day can lead to many more. 

The Georgia Smokefree Air Act[3], passed in 2005, has reduced exposure to secondhand smoke by prohibiting smoking in all enclosed facilities, including buildings owned, leased, or operated by the State or local governing authorities.

Now, it’s your turn to reduce tobacco-related health hazards by quitting the use of tobacco and electronic cigarettes during the Great American Smokeout®.

Here in Georgia, we can help. The Georgia Tobacco Quit Line[4] is a free resource that can help tobacco users reach their goal of quitting. The Georgia Tobacco Quit Line (1-877-270-STOP; Spanish speakers call 1-877-2NO-FUME; TTY: 1-877-777-6534 for the hearing impaired) provides counseling for Georgia tobacco users ages 13 and older. Callers speak with tobacco cessation counselors who help to develop a unique quitting plan for each person.


North Georgia Health District 1-2 of the Georgia Department of Public Health, health departments in Cherokee, Fannin, Gilmer, Murray, Pickens and Whitfield Counites, Drug Free Cherokee, Cherokee Focus, and the Cherokee Youth Council encourage Georgians to go tobacco-free during the Great American Smokeout®, and beyond!


1 https://www.cancer.org/healthy/stay-away-from-tobacco/great-american-smokeout.html

2 https://dph.georgia.gov/tobacco

3 https://dph.georgia.gov/sites/dph.georgia.gov/files/SmokeFree%20Act_Booklet.pdf

4 https://dph.georgia.gov/ready-quit

Free Rapid HIV Testing at Fannin County Health Department, Nov. 20th

Free Rapid HIV Testing at Fannin Co Health Dept Nov 20 2017 flyer smBlue Ridge (GA)Free and confidential Rapid HIV Testing will be available at the Fannin County Health Department on Monday, November 20th! Hours for the free testing are from 9 to 11 AM and no appointment is needed. The CDC recommends that everyone between ages 13 and 64 be tested for HIV at least once in their lifetime, and those at increased risk – such as gay and bisexual men, injection drug users, or persons with multiple sexual partners – should be tested at least annually. For more information, call the Fannin County Health Department at (706) 632-3023.

Pickens County Health Department honored as Champions for Immunization!

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Jasper (GA) - Striving for excellence in immunizations every day, the Pickens County Health Department in Jasper, Georgia was recently recognized for demonstrating leadership and influence in getting Georgians immunized. At this year’s Immunize Georgia Conference, coordinated by the Georgia Department of Public Health, Pickens County Health Department staff was presented with the Walt Orenstein Champions for Immunization Award. This award, named after Walter A. Orenstein, MD, DSc (Hon) of the Emory Vaccine Center and Emory University, honors individuals, agencies or coalitions that demonstrate excellence in providing immunization care.

“The staff at the Pickens County Health Department was very excited to receive the Walt Orenstein Champions for Immunizations Award,” said Leyna Mashburn, RN, BSN, health department nurse manager. “From the clerks at the front desk to the nurses in the back, each staff member plays an integral role in making our immunization program a success. We strive to increase awareness about vaccines and vaccine-preventable diseases in our community through various outreach opportunities. The Pickens County Health Department is working towards keeping the citizens of Pickens County healthy!”

Clinicians at the Pickens County Health Department routinely incorporate immunization needs assessments into every client visit, from Family Planning counseling to STD testing to Child Health consultations. Client immunization records are accessed through Georgia Registry of Immunization Transactions and Services (GRITS) and clients are strongly encouraged to receive all required and recommended vaccines to ensure they are up-to-date.

Staff continuously works with community partners to promote vaccines in every age group by working closely with schools, daycares, private providers and businesses to increase immunization rates for children, teens and adults.

They also identify any immunization issues or difficulties that need to be addressed.

When cases of infectious diseases, such as pertussis, were identified in local schools, the Pickens County Health Department collaborated with the schools to identify, test and treat patients and conduct vaccination clinics, as needed. They coordinated with the district health director, infectious disease staff and public information officer to prepare information for distribution to local physicians’ offices and to the community.

Ashley Ridley, RN, BSHA, North Georgia Health District Immunization Coordinator, said, “Dynamite comes in small packages. The Pickens County Health Department may be comparatively small; however, the staff makes a significant impact on their community and the patients they assist. Due to their hard work and determination to increase immunization coverage and decrease vaccine-preventable diseases, they deserve to be recognized for the arduous work they do on a daily basis.”


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