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Cobb & Douglas Public Health Protects and Inspires the Community with New Speakers Bureau

August 28, 2015
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To further its mission to keep the residents of Cobb and Douglas counties informed on immediate health concerns, such as children’s health issues, infectious and chronic diseases, and access to quality healthcare, Cobb & Douglas Public Health (CDPH) has implemented a new and extensive Speakers Bureau Program, offering vitally important information to keep our communities thriving and prospering.

The CDPH Speakers Bureau has been formed to provide expert speakers on over 20 different health-related topics to local organizations, schools, civic groups and businesses, at generally no cost to the organization. Topics include subjects such as the dangers of cardiovascular disease and childhood obesity, two of the areas most pressing health concerns. Others important topics cover understanding infant health, to give babies the best start in life, and preventing childhood injuries, which cause approximately 1,500 deaths in Georgia each year. A complete list of topics and a detailed abstract of each can be found at

Speakers include Dr. Jack Kennedy, CDPH District Health Director; Lisa Crossman, CDPH Deputy Director; Rachel Franklin; Director of Epidemiology and Health Assessment; Leticia Mathis, Deputy Director of Emergency Preparedness and Response, Priti Kolhe; Director of Immunizations; Laurie Ross, Director of Family Health; and other qualified CDPH subject matter experts.

“We have a tremendous amount of important information to share with the residents of Cobb and Douglas Counties, said Valerie Crow, Director of Communications at CDPH. “We want organizations and businesses to know that we are the “go to” resource for public health information and that we have made the process for scheduling speakers as easy as possible.”

For more information or to schedule a speaker, please visit

About Cobb and Douglas Public Health
Since 1920, Cobb & Douglas Public Health, with our partners, promotes and protects the health and safety of the residents of Cobb and Douglas counties. We work to achieve healthy people in healthy communities by: Preventing epidemics and spread of disease; Protecting against environmental hazards; Preventing injuries; Promoting and encouraging healthy behaviors; Responding to disasters and assisting in community recovery; Assuring the quality and accessibility of health care. By excelling at our core responsibilities, we will assist our residents in living healthier, longer and more rewarding lives. For more information visit

Photo Gallery: Atlanta Braves Lay First Brick at SunTrust Park

August 27, 2015

The Atlanta Braves, SunTrust Bank, Cobb dignitaries, American Builders 2017 and honorary masonry, Eutis Morris who also laid bricks at Fulton County Stadium and Olympic Stadium, laid the first bricks at SunTrust Park on Thurs., Aug. 27.

Those in attendance included: 

  • Terry McGuirk, Braves Chairman and CEO
  • John Schuerholtz, Braves President
  • Hank Aaron
  • Freddie Freeman
  • Bill Rogers, Chairman and CEO SunTrust Bank
  • Tim Lee, Cobb County Board of Commissioners Chairman
  • Cobb County Board of Commissioners JoAnn Birrell, Lisa Cupid, Bob Ott and Bob Weatherford
  • Tad Leithead, Cumberland CID Chairman
  • Jerry Nix, Chairman of the Cobb-Marietta Coliseum and Exhibit Hall Authority
  • David Connell, President & CEO of the Cobb Chamber
  • Brooks Mathis, Executive Director of Cobb’s Competitive EDGE & Sr. Vice President of Economic Development for the Cobb Chamber

SunTrust Park Quick Stats

  • More than 775,000 bricks will be laid at SunTrust Park
  • 26,000 cubic yards of concrete used to date. That’s enough to pour a four foot wide sidewalk around I-285 1.5 times.
  • The park utilizes 8,000 tons of steel, about 700 more than the Eiffel Tower.
  • 100,000 cubic yards of dirt has been moved, filling approximately 10,000 dump trucks.
  • Currently, there are 450 workers on site.
  • 525,000 man hours to date

To learn more about SunTrust Park, click here.

American Kidney Fund to Celebrate Kidney Action Day on Sept. 19

August 27, 2015

KidneyActionDayThe American Kidney Fund (AKF) is rallying the community to take action to prevent kidney disease on Kidney Action Day, Sept. 19 at The Mall at Stonecrest in Lithonia from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Kidney Action Day is a free, fun-filled, family-friendly event with a serious purpose: helping people understand their risk for kidney disease and how to prevent it. The American Kidney Fund’s signature outreach event, Kidney Action Day is held in cities where rates of kidney disease are higher than the national average.

Kidney Action Day activities include:

  • Free health screenings. Kidney disease often has no symptoms until the late stages.  Simple tests can tell you if you are at risk for kidney disease. Tests offered may include blood pressure, blood glucose and kidney function.
  • Healthy cooking demos. Good, healthy food doesn’t have to be boring or hard to prepare! Sample delicious healthy food prepared by local chefs.  Learn how to make the foods you prepare healthier.
  • Fitness demos. Even small changes can make a big difference, and local fitness experts will demonstrate fun ways to help you get fit. Join in Zumba, line dancing, warm-ups and other activities that can be part of a healthy lifestyle.
  • Entertainment. Local performers help keep things lively.
  • Kidney health education. Have questions about your kidney health? The American Kidney Fund has lots of information that can help you keep your kidneys healthy.
  • Contests. Raffles, quizzes, and even hula hoops have been used to give away prizes at Kidney Action Days in the past.

Facts about kidney disease in Atlanta:

1 in 3 Americans is at risk for kidney disease. Are you?

Common Risk Factors:

  • Diabetes
  • High blood pressure
  • Family history of kidney disease
  • Race/ethnicity – African-Americans, Asian-Americans, Native-Americans & Hispanics are at greater risk for kidney disease.
  • Over age 60

Atlanta by the numbers

Of the people screened by AKF in Atlanta last year 80 percent had blood pressure greater than 120/80 and 19 percent had elevated glucose levels.

In 2014, AFK gave dialysis patients $5 million in grants to access lifesaving health care.

18,375 Georgia residents are on dialysis.

AFK provided $14.4 million in grants to Georgia dialysis patients last year.

Take control of your health on Kidney Action Day!

  • Free health screenings by medical professionals
  • Free healthy cooking demos and food tastings
  • Fun, interactive fitness sessions
  • Family-friendly entertainment and fun for kids
  • Follow-up services and resources

Go to for more information.

KSU’s HR Program Now Offered on Saturdays

August 24, 2015

KSU Continuing Prof Ed Color 2010The College of Continuing and Professional Education at KSU has announced an additional offering to its Human Resources Management SHRM-CP/SHRM-SCP program. The new course will run on Saturdays, giving students another option to the previously established Thursday evening class. The first class will be held on Sept. 26. Classes will run every other Saturday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at KSU Center.

Earlier this year, SHRM (The Society for Human Resource Management) unveiled a new pair of credentials – SHRM Certified Professional (SHRMCP ℠) and SHRM Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP℠) – presenting individuals an opportunity for career growth.

“For HR professionals looking to further their careers, this would be an excellent step to take to show you have a commitment to the profession,” said Lisa Hughes, instructor. “This class will help students keep their knowledge and skills up to date and use what they have acquired in the past to apply that to move our businesses forward in a new way.”

“What makes these new credentials unique is for the first time they focus on teaching and testing the practical real-life information today’s professionals need,” said Jennifer Henderson, program manager. “These certifications aren’t about what you know but how you do it.”

Several forms of financial aid are available including VA Education Benefits, WIOA (Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act) Funding and employee education vouchers. Additionally, the course is scheduled to finish in time for the certification exam testing window of Dec. 1-Feb. 15. More information can be found at or by calling 470-578-6765.

Glenda Hicks Offers Boot Camp Essential Fundamentals of Nonprofit Finances

August 20, 2015

The first segment of our Boot Camps for Nonprofit Finances will be presented the morning of Wednesday, September 16, 2015.  The purpose of this small group, intensive 4-hour Boot Camp is to immerse participants in the understanding of Essential Fundamentals of Nonprofit Finances.  This segment is part of our Boot Camps for Nonprofit Financial Management training series.

Participants will receive a detailed explanation of current accounting, tax rules and requirements for nonprofit organizations.  We will cover financial statements, audits, IRS form 990, internal controls, and dashboard reporting.

Participants will also have 4 hours of direct access to the Boot Camp creator, presenter and trainer Glenda Hicks, CPA.

Who Should Attend

This Boot Camp is specifically designed for:

  • Accounting staff or those charged with record keeping functions (such as bookkeeper, executive director, administrative assistant, or CFO) AND/OR
  • The treasurer of the Board of Directors

Who are:

  • New to nonprofit finances, or
  • Want to learn best practices for improving operations, or
  • Have a small agency and/or accounting department and need internal control ideas, or
  • Have various technical questions, and no professional with whom to consult

Learning Objectives:

Boot Camp participants will:

  • Understand how to read nonprofit financial statements.
  • Understand when an audit is necessary, and what it entails and provides.
  • Learn best practice ideas for internal controls in small agencies.
  • Receive answers and resources to accounting and tax questions.
  • Understand basic dashboard reporting.
  • Learn ways nonprofit organizations can lose their tax exemption.
  • Learn basic 990 filing requirements.

To learn more and register, click here.

Atlanta Road Body Shop Earns Official Certification and Prestigious Top Automaker Recognition

August 18, 2015

Atlanta Road Body Shop has been officially certified by Assured Performance, a non-profit consumer advocacy organization for maintaining the right tools, equipment, training, and facility necessary to repair the participating Automaker brand vehicles according to the manufacturer’s specifications In achieving their certification, Atlanta Road Body Shop is now an integral part of the most advanced repair capable and efficient auto body repair network in the world. Adding to the their credentials, Atlanta Road Body Shop is officially recognized by GM, FCA and Ford

To become Certified and officially recognized by the various Automakers, Atlanta Road Body Shop passed the rigorous certification process essential to help ensure a proper and safe repair of the new generation of advanced vehicles. Less than 5 percent of body shops across the nation are able to meet the stringent requirements to become officially certified and recognized. The certified network is made up exclusively of best-in-class collision repair businesses that have met or exceeded the stringent requirements of the Certification program.

The Certification criteria is based upon auto manufacturer requirements. These are critical to ensure the vehicle fit, finish, durability, value and safety following an accident. As new model vehicles are being introduced that use light weight high strength materials and advanced technology, a proper repair according to manufacturer specification is even more important than ever to ensure the passenger safety and proper performance of the vehicle. Auto manufacturers want to ensure that consumers have the option of Certified Collision Repair wherever they live, work, or travel.

“Consumers need the confidence and peace of mind to know their vehicle is repaired by a shop that has what it takes to ensure the vehicle safety. Atlanta Road Body Shop is officially a Collision Care Provider™,” said Scott Biggs, CEO of Assured Performance Collision Care. “They represent the standard by which all other body shops are measured.”

About Assured Performance Collision Care™: Assured Performance Collision Care™ is a non-profit consumer advocacy organization specializing in the automotive collision repair market segment. Assured Performance works with the top automakers to identify, audit and promote collision repair providers that meet best-in-class business standards and the manufacturer’s requirements Consumers can go to: or to find a list of Certified Collision repair providers.

Relay for Life of Cobb County Looks to Honor Faces of Cancer

August 17, 2015

American Cancer SocietyThe American Cancer Society Relay For Life is a powerful and inspiring event that unites communities to honor loved ones who we have lost to cancer and celebrate people who have battled the disease. This fundraiser will raise awareness about the steps we can take to help prevent cancer while also raising money to find cures and support programs and services for those facing the disease.

Relay for Life of Cobb County’s “Faces of Cancer” will feature Cobb County cancer survivors who have inspired others and made significant contributions in their fight against cancer. The honoree’s picture and written testimony of survivorship will be printed on a story board displayed at Town Center Mall throughout the month of October.

All honorees will be recognized at an unveiling event held at Town Center Mall on Thursday, October 1, 2015. For a donation of $1,000, businesses, organizations, teams, and individuals can feature a survivor of their choice to be one of our “Faces of Cancer”. All donations will benefit Relay For Life in Cobb County and will be used to fund cancer research, patient support and cancer education programs.

Join the fight today by honoring YOUR loved one! Click here to become a sponsor or email for more information.


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