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Fulton County and community partners orepare for Spring 2013 SPARC Atlanta health screening clinics

Fulton County and community partners orepare for Spring 2013 SPARC Atlanta health screening clinics

ATLANTA -- Fulton County’s SPARC Atlanta preventive healthcare screenings for older adults begin on Thursday, March 28, 2013. 

SPARC Clinics are much more than health fairs.  Citizens who visit SPARC Atlanta clinics can take advantage of several health screenings, vaccinations, nutrition counseling and health education.  Since the initiation of SPARC Atlanta in 2006, more 6000 older adults have participated. 

The spring 2013 clinic dates, times and locations

Thursday, March 28
10:00am-2:00pm
West Hunter Street Baptist Church/SWEEAC
1040 Ralph Abernathy BLVD
Atlanta, GA 30310

Tuesday, April 2
10:00am -2:00pm
Palmetto Community Center
595 Main Street
Palmetto, GA 30268

Saturday, April 13
11:00 am – 3:00pm
East Point Fire Station
2757 East Point Street
East Point, GA  30344

Fulton County Health Services encourages women and girls to take action to protect against HIV/AIDS

Fulton County Health Services encourages women and girls to take action to protect against HIV/AIDS

National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day is a day to "Share Knowledge. Take Action.". The nationwide observance held each March 10th sheds light on the disease's often overlooked impact on women and girls and empowers people to make a difference. Fulton County Health Services provide education, testing and counseling to battle this serious public health issue.

 

On Saturday, March 9, 2013 from 12:30 p.m. - 3:30p.m. Health Services will provide HIV Testing and sponsor a Workshop/Presentation at the Clark Atlanta University (CAU) Teen Summit that will be held in the Carl and Mary Ware Academic Building on the CAU campus. The Summit is sponsored by the National Coalition of 100 Black Women of Atlanta.

 

Fulton County Health Services to Hold Community Listening Sessions

Fulton County Health Services to Hold Community Listening Sessions

Residents Invited to Provide Input about Access to Healthcare

 

Fulton County Health Services will host three “Community Listening Sessions” to provide valuable information about the many high quality services available at the county’s community integrated health centers and to learn from the community about their service needs.  Each session will begin at 6:00 p.m. and take place:

 

Thursday, March 14th

Neighborhood Union Health Center

Large Community Conference Room

186 Sunset Avenue, NW

Atlanta, GA 30314

 

Thursday, March 21st

Adamsville Regional Health Center

Community Room

3700 M.L. King Jr. Drive, SW

Atlanta, GA 30331

 

Thursday, March 28th

North Fulton Service Center

Community Room #232

7741 Roswell Road

The Autism Gap: The fight for insurance

The Autism Gap: The fight for insurance

ATLANTA -- Eight year old Ava Bullard is playing with her sisters, riding their bikes on their long country driveway. It is a simple act that defies those who said she would never talk, those who said she wouldn't function in the real world.

Ava was not a typical baby, or toddler.

Her mother Anna says, "You couldn't interact with her."

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Ava did not play with toys. Did not speak. Could not dress herself. Did not interact with her parents or sisters. Slept two hours a night. She was in her own world.

Anna says, "It's like she looked straight through me. She would just...it's like you weren't there, if you were in the room with her."

Anna Bullard took Ava from doctor to doctor for months. One doctor told the family Ava was 'just weird.'

Atlanta recruiting 5,000 volunteers for cancer study

Atlanta recruiting 5,000 volunteers for cancer study

ATLANTA -- Sixty years ago, 1 million men and women signed up for the first-ever Cancer Prevention Study. They filled out surveys every few years. And the information from those million Americans led to a dramatic discovery.

Doctor Alpa Patel with the American Cancer Society is the lead researcher on CPS3, the third generation of the cancer prevention studies.

MORE | Join the Cancer prevention Study 3

"The first study was actually set up to specifically address the question of whether not smoking caused lung cancer, and it provided the first evidence that in fact smoking is what was the causal fact, causal factor with the increase rise in lung cancer death rates we were seeing in men at that time," she said.

City to offer CPR class

City to offer CPR class

UNION CITY, Ga. -- The city of Union City will host a video-based CPR course next month.

Residents are invited to sign up for the class, where they will learn the skills needed to respond to certain emergencies like choking or a heart attack.

Class participants will be taught how to treat bleeding, set broken bones and address patients who go into shock. They will also learn CPR and AED use.

The course will be held Saturday, Mar. 9 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Depot on Union Street. It costs $30 per person.

Anyone who is interested is asked to register no less than seven days before the class date. Call 770-515-7879 or send an email to jmaddox@unioncityga.org to sign up.

Fulton County Health Services and the Healthy Heart Coalition celebrates American Heart Month

Fulton County Health Services and the Healthy Heart Coalition celebrates American Heart Month

Fulton County Health Service and the Healthy Heart Coalition is supporting a range of activities in commemoration of American Heart Month this February. The Coalition’s American Heart Month activities will commence with a special proclamation at the February 6th Fulton County Board of Commissioners meeting. With the help of stakeholders, community leaders, medical experts, policy makers and grassroots organizations, the Coalition will also be supporting a range of healthy heart activities throughout the month of February.

The American Heart Association recommends we assess our risk factors for cardiovascular disease and work to keep them low. The sooner we begin reducing our risks, the longer and stronger our hearts will beat. In the spirit of American Heart Health Month, the American Heart Association encourages everyone to be aware of the following: