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"Give heart disease in women a red light by raising awareness on first Friday in February Each year, one in three women die of heart disease and stroke, and the numbers in Southwest Health District are that high or even higher, particularly among women of color, said Southwest Health District Health Director Dr. Jacqueline Grant. Press Release pdf logo Janaury 29, 2015

"For Cervical Cancer Awareness Month, Public Health Urges Women to get Screened and Vaccinated "Around 12,000 women are diagnosed with cervical cancer annually, and approximately a third of them will die as a result of the cancer," said Southwest Health District Health Director Dr. Jacqueline Grant. Press Release pdf logo Janaury 9, 2015

Learn more about Cervical Cancer Here Flyer pdf logo Janaury 9, 2015

Public Health urges women to learn risk factors of breast cancer "One in eight American women develop breast cancer each year, so knowing if you are at risk, taking steps to lower your risk and getting screened regularly helps women find breast cancer early – when it is easier to treat and before it is big enough to feel or cause symptoms, says Southwest Georgia Health District Health Director Dr. Jacqueline Grant. Press Release pdf logo October 9, 2014

Learn about our nationally acclaimed Centering Pregnancy Program here by watching this short video! Video Link September 19, 2014

Southwest Public Health District’s 14 county health departments are now offering seasonal influenza vaccinations, says District Health Director Dr. Jacqueline Grant. Press Release pdf logo September 15, 2014

Keep Your Child from Getting and Spreading Enterovirus D68 Fact Sheet pdf logo September 15, 2014

“Important news for Family Planning and Women’s Services Patients” Information Release pdf logo September 11, 2014

During Preparedness Month, learn your risks and plan for them "Southwest Georgia residents face familiar risks like tornadoes, floods and severe heat," says Southwest Health District Emergency Preparedness Director Julie Miller. Press Release pdf logo September 4, 2014

Immunization Month a reminder that diseases can still be a threat "The recent multi-county outbreak of pertussis in Southwest Georgia should be a wake-up call to residents that many potentially dangerous vaccine-preventable diseases are still common in the United States," says Southwest Health District Immunization Coordinator Rebecca Snow. Press Release pdf logo August 15, 2014

Vaccinate your child early – Beat the back-to-school rush “The State of Georgia has specific immunization requirements for children entering schools and daycare facilities,” said Rebecca Snow, District Immunization Coordinator for Southwest Health District. Press Relase pdf logo July 8, 2014    Georgia school vaccination requirements pdf logo July 2014

First Travel-Associated Human Case of Chikungunya Confirmed In Georgia - Chikungunya is caused by a virus that spreads through mosquito bites. It is not spread through human to human contact. News Release pdf logo 6/20/14    Chikungunya fact sheet pdf logo 6/20/14

Southwest Health District gives tips to prevent heat-related illness "The best defense against illness from our region’s blistering summer heat and smothering humidity is prevention", says Southwest Health District Health Director Dr. Jacqueline Grant. Press Release pdf logo 6/13/14

Georgia’s immunization requirements for seventh-graders revised ALBANY—Beginning in the 2014-2015 school year, seventh graders will be required to have the tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis (Tdap) and meningococcal (meningitis) vaccines prior to entering school, says Southwest Health District Immunization Coordinator Rebecca Snow. Press Release pdf logo 4/29/14

Public Health Emergency Preparedness team promotes PrepareAthon! "America’s PrepareAthon! is a national community-based campaign for action to increase disaster preparedness and resilience,” said Southwest Health District Emergency Coordinator Julie Miller. Press Release pdf logo 4/15/14

Public Health investigating multi-county pertussis (Whooping Cough) outbreak "Southwest Health District is investigating clusters of pertussis – primarily associated with young children – in Colquitt, Mitchell and Thomas counties, Southwest Health District Health Director Dr. Jacqueline Grant, said today." Additional cases have also been confirmed in other counties. Press Releasepdf logo 4/8/14

Recommendations aim to reduce sudden unexplained infant deaths "Around 4,000 babies suddenly die each year in the United States from no cause that is immediately apparent. “These deaths are referred to as SUIDs – Sudden Unexplained Infant Deaths – and roughly half are due to Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS),” says Southwest Health District Health Director Dr. Jacqueline Grant." Press Releasepdf logo 2/26/14

Georgia Health Officials Warn of Potential Phone Scam "Right now, we do not know the real reason for the calls or what the caller is truly looking for,” said Rick Keheley, DPH’s inspector general" Press Releasepdf logo 2/25/14

Singing for a Cure to observe Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day Feb. 15 "We and our partners are pleased to offer this concert in recognition of National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day,” said Chanel Scott-Dixon, program manager for Southwest Health District’s HIV/AIDS program." Press Releasepdf logo 2/6/14

Health District confirms first flu-related death; state fatalities continue to rise "A Dougherty County adult became Southwest Public Health District’s first flu fatality for the 2013-2014 flu season, health officials confirmed today." Press Releasepdf logo 1/16/14

It's cold out there! Please review the Extreme Cold Guideline to help you get through this artic blast. Prevention Guidepdf logo 1/6/14

Spread cheer, not flu, during holiday season, says Public Health "Take the time to visit your healthcare provider or county health department to get your flu vaccine," said Southwest Health District Health Immunization Coordinator Rebecca Snow. Press Releasepdf logo 12/5/13

Cancer Coalition of South Georgia Receives Mutual of America Award "Cancer Coalition of South Georgia’s Community Cancer Screening Program has been recognized nationally as a recipient of a Mutual of America Foundation 2013 Community Partnership Award."
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Black women more at risk of poor outcomes from breast cancer
“Government statistics show about 232,000 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in 2013,” said Southwest Georgia Health District Health Director Dr. Jacqueline Grant. “And this year, 39,000 women are expected to die from the disease.” Press Releasepdf logo 10/15/13

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CDC Pertussis Fast Facts

Quit line announcement 2013QS logo

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Free "text4baby" campaign sends health information to new and expectant moms

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