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Cobb & Douglas Public Health Nurse Receives 2013 State of Georgia Public Health Nursing Practice Excellence Award

May 29, 2013

CDPH_STACKED_fullcolorThe Cobb Chamber is proud to announce that an employee of one of its Chairman’s Club members, Cobb & Douglas Public Health, has received the 2013 State of Georgia Public Health Nursing Practice Excellence Award. Kathleen Woods, R.N., is the recipient of this prestigious award. The State Public Health Award for Nursing Practice Excellence Award is given to a nurse who provides extraordinary contributions and commitment to public health nursing.

Woods is recognized for demonstrated excellence in providing leadership and assistance within her public health district, helping to develop better policies and procedures regarding public health issues, contributing to the development of teamwork, and helping to improve the health status of Georgians.

In addition to being a licensed public health nurse, Woods has many other credentials. For more than 17 years, she has been an advocate for safe sleep and injury prevention for the birth to five-year population.

“Kathy is our safe sleep cheerleader! We are all so pleased that Kathy has been recognized for her injury prevention work through the Children 1st program. She has worked hard for many years and really deserves this recognition,” says Laurie Ross, R.N., director, Birth to Five Division Cobb & Douglas Public Health.

Woods is currently the Children 1st Coordinator for Cobb & Douglas Public Health. She teams up with the SAFE Kids program to distribute free safety equipment to clients, including child proofing supplies, gun locks, smoke detectors, carbon monoxide detectors and baby gates.

Woods’ team received a $20,000 grant in 2006 to help purchase pack and play cribs. In 2007, with additional funds, she used the State Crib Match program to receive three cribs for every five purchased. In 2010, Woods received a state mini-grant for safety supplies and cribs. In 2013, the Children 1st program received a $3,750 foundation grant for safety supplies and a $2,500 Cribs for Kids grant to acquire necessary supplies.

In addition to her advocacy work, Woods is also a member of the Georgia Infant Safe Sleep Coalition, an active member of the Cobb County Child Fatality Review Committee, has worked with the Fatality Prevention Specialist from the Georgia Office of Child Advocacy to present on SIDS and SUIDS, and shares her experiences with the child fatality review committee in order to advocate the importance of injury prevention to parents.

The Cobb Chamber is proud of Kathy Woods for receiving the 2013 State of Georgia Public Health Nursing Practice Award, and of Cobb & Douglas Public Health for all the community improvement and support it provides!


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