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Why Join GPHA?

The Georgia Public Health Association is the largest group of public health professionals in the Southeast. Becoming a GPHA member gives you access to a network of more than 1,000 other public health professionals, and opportunities for continuing education, recognition and awards, scholarships and much more. The members of GPHA are dedicated to promoting and protecting the health of Georgians, and we can achieve even more when we work together.

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2017 Policy Positions

GPHA supports programs and funding to protect and promote the public’s health throughout the state, including:

• Workforce development, including enhancements to recruitment, retention and succession efforts, with emphasis on Environmental Health positions where market rate salaries are urgently needed, along with additional personnel at the local level

• Facilities and infrastructure improvements with an emphasis on further developing telehealth technological capabilities statewide

• Incentives, such as service cancelable loans, for primary care professionals to practice in Georgia, especially in rural areas

• Telehealth, telemedicine and teledentistry programs

• Hold harmless funding in the FY 2018 budget for those counties that would otherwise lose General Grant-in-Aid funding under the distribution formula adopted in 2011

• Continued health inspections of public swimming pools

• Adequate cadre budget funding to attract and maintain competent leadership positions in District Public Health Offices

• Funding to increase the early detection and treatment of autism spectrum disorder, and programs to enhance early brain development

• A $1.00 per pack cigarette tax increase, raising the legal age to purchase tobacco products, or similar legislation that may be offered.

GPHA News RSS

Governor Deal signs FY 2018 Budget, May 1, 2017 May 01 2017

Governor Deal today held budget signing ceremonies across the state for next year’s $25 billion state budget. This budget is based on a 3.5 percent increase in general fund revenues over FY 2017, reflecting Georgia’s sustained economic growth.

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GPHA Names Sen. Renee Unterman Legislator of the Year Apr 17 2017

Sen. Renee Unterman (R-Buford) has been recognized as the 2016 Legislator of the Year by the Georgia Public Health Association (GPHA) in recognition of her numerous contributions to the profession and to the health of all Georgians. The award presentation was made in front of more than 500 GPHA members at the association’s annual Spring meeting in Atlanta.

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Student Poster Sessions for APHA 2017 Meeting Apr 12 2017

Are you a student looking to present your work at the annual APHA conference in November? There will be two student poster sessions for the upcoming APHA 2017 Annual Meeting & Exposition in Atlanta, GA. The deadline for submitting poster abstracts is April 30, 2017.

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Georgia Health News RSS

'It made our lives better:' Post Savannah smoking ban, disease down and business steady - Savannah Morning News

Cove's Law aims to help catch rare, reversible genetic condition at birth - Gainesville Times

Expanded medical marijuana law grows Georgia program - Washington Times

Organizations recognized for collaborating to solve Northwest Georgia health problems - Northwest Georgia News

Public health in Fulton County is now better coordinated with Georgia - MyAJC

Public Health Jobs

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Public Health Improvement Training

2017 Public Health Improvement Training (PHIT): Advancing Performance in Agencies, Systems and Communities will be held in Albuquerque, NM, June 13 – 14, 2017.

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Resources and Grant Opportunities

We have links to some grant opportunities and research awards available to public health professionals. Visit our Resources page for more information.


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