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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.

Did you know you can give a GPHA membership as a gift? Any GPHA member may “gift” a membership to a non-member for the first year for $35. Learn More »

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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

Deal announces release of Commission on Children’s Mental Health report Dec 14 2017

Gov. Nathan Deal announced the release of the report from the Commission on Children’s Mental Health, a commission created via executive order in June to provide recommendations for improving state mental health services for children. The report offers eight recommendations that focus on critical areas of behavioral health needs including suicide prevention, school-based mental health and telemedicine infrastructure.

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Opportunity to Participate in a CDC National Focus Group Nov 29 2017

Are you a state or local health department official or tribal health authority interested in climate and/or environmental health? If so, let your voice be heard! You are invited to participate in one of several national focus group discussions.

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GPHA President-Elect Addresses APHA Council of Affiliates; Shares Recruitment and Retention Success Story Nov 14 2017

Dr. Colin K. Smith, President-Elect of the Georgia Public Health Association, was invited to speak and participate in a round-table discussion during the recent 2017 APHA Conference. Dr. Smith discussed GPHA’s recent member recruitment/retention successes, as membership has soared from 450 members to 1600 + in just three years.

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Georgia Health News RSS

Congressional inaction on health programs spurs a scramble in Georgia - MyAJC

Flu is striking states in the Deep South particularly hard - WWL First News

Georgia protocol not followed in Crawford County dog decapitation ... - The Telegraph

Got That Shot Yet? Flu Season Could Be Rough In Georgia, Data Show - WABE 90.1 FM

Just Ahead of Holidays, Flu Cases Are Spreading Across US - U.S. News & World Report

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Looking for a program for your next Board of Health meeting? Is your Health Department seeking national accreditation? Are you stumped by parliamentary procedures when your board meets?

Then check out our Board of Health training videos - we have answers!

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Consumer Health Impact Awards

Georgians for a Health Future invite you to their third annual Consumer Health Impact Awards, September 27th in Atlanta.

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Partnership for Diabetes Health Equity – One Day Meeting in Atlanta

You are invited to participate in a one-day meeting by the Partnership for Diabetes Health Equity (PDHE) at Morehouse School of Medicine’s National Center for Primary Care on October 16. The event is FREE, but seats are limited to 50 persons.

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Your donation to GPHA contributes to the education and training of a network of more than 1,000 public health professionals and advocates. 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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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.


Public Health Jobs

Looking for a job in public health? Check here for featured job opportunities which may be of interest to our Georgia Public Health Association members. Read More »