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Clayton County Health Initiative Receives $10,000 Rite Aid Foundation Grant

Clayton County Health Initiative Receives $10,000 Rite Aid Foundation Grant

Southern Regional Medical Center (SRMC) Foundation has received a grant for the county’s “Planting the Seed for Good Health” children’s diabetes and obesity initiative from the Rite Aid Foundation.  The grant will assist the foundation and its community partners (Clayton County Board of Health; Clayton County Public Schools; Clayton County Board of Commissioners; and Clayton State University) that have all partnered to form the Diabetes Prevention Collaboration.  The group will roll-out their health empowerment initiative for school age children, their families and Clayton County educators with an official check presentation at 12pm on Friday, August 19, at SRMC in the Education Center.

“The Rite Aid Foundation is proud to partner with community stakeholders in addressing the health concerns of the children in Clayton County,” said Gayle Rife, manager of The Rite Aid Foundation.  Our foundation is dedicated to helping people in the communities that Rite Aid se

Vice-Chairman Wole Ralph Partners with Chili's & St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital

Vice-Chairman Wole Ralph Partners with  Chili's  &  St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital

Fundraiser to Benefit St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital

 

Jonesboro- Chili’s Restaurant at Mt. Zion will host a fundraiser for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital on Thursday, September 8, 2011, at 7:00 p.m. Vice-Chairman Wole Ralph of the Clayton County Board of Commissioners will make a special appearance at 7:30 p.m.  The restaurant is located at 2230 Mt. Zion Parkway, Morrow, Georgia.  

Vice-Chairman Ralph and Chili’s at Mt. Zion cordially invite the public to join them in support of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.  To date, Chili's Corporation has raised more than $30 million for the children of St. Jude through their “Create a Pepper” campaign.

The mission of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital is to advance cures, and means of prevention, for pediatric catastrophic diseases through research and treatment.

Future of State Health Benefit Plan to be secured

Future of State Health Benefit Plan to be secured

ATLANTA -- The Georgia Department of Community Health has adopted a proposal to secure the future of the State Health Benefit Plan (SHBP).

The initiative introduces a new consumer-directed wellness plan, improves plan administration, eliminates the SHBP's projected deficit for this year and substantially reduces future deficits.

"The board is pleased to endorse this thoughtful and responsible plan that is not afraid to tackle the big issues," said DCH board chairman Ross Mason. "This is a forward-looking plan that provides real bottom line-driven solutions."

SHBP is facing a projected deficit of slightly more than $800 million during the next two years.

"Our major concern is the continued delivery of quality health care services at an affordable cost," said DCH commissioner David Cook.

Regents vote to hike health costs for employees

Regents vote to hike health costs for employees

ATLANTA -- The Georgia Board of Regents is raising health insurance premiums for employees and cutting coverage for about 700 workers.

The board voted Tuesday to hike rates by 5.2 percent. The university system will save $30 million by limiting access to certain doctors and hospitals.

University system workers, like all state employees, received no pay increase this year.

The board also voted to cut insurance for about 700 part-time employees by raising the minimum number of hours they have to work to qualify for coverage from 20 to 30 per week. The change will save about $1.5 million.

This is the first time since 2008 that insurance premiums have increased.

Clayton County Health Officials confirm presence of West Nile

Clayton County Health Officials confirm presence of West Nile

RIVERDALE, Ga. – A test conducted by the Clayton County Board of Health has reported that mosquitoes collected at a monitoring site in the county have tested positive for West Nile Virus.

According to the county’s District Health Director, “The discovery of West Nile Virus is not uncommon this time of year. Our continued heat is allowing mosquitoes carrying the West Nile Virus to thrive.

GBI: Prescription drug overdoses rise

GBI: Prescription drug overdoses rise

DECATUR, Ga. -- An analysis of autopsies by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation has found a 10 percent increase in the number of prescription overdose deaths in 2010 compared to 2009.

The analysis shows that the number of drug overdose deaths involving only prescription drugs jumped from 508 in 2009 to 560 in 2010. It also showed that 68 other deaths were attributed to a combination of prescription and illicit drugs.

In all, there were 729 drug overdose deaths in 2010. Most of those deaths were found to be accidental, but about nine percent were determined to be suicides.

The analysis of the GBI Medical Examiner's drug overdose autopsies involves 152 counties. The study does not include several Metro Atlanta counties, including Fulton, Cobb, Gwinnett and DeKalb.

The Clayton County Board of Health joins Facebook and Twitter

The Clayton County Board of Health joins Facebook and Twitter

Clayton County, GA --  In a move to continue to find ways to reach and serve the community, the Clayton County Board of Health opened up a Facebook page and Twitter account.

To follow them on Facebook, please visit www.facebook.com, search for "Clayton County Board of Health," and click the "Like" button. To follow on Twitter, visit www.twitter.com/CCBOH and hit the "follow" button.

Excerpts from the Press Release:

Starting this month, the Clayton County Board of Health (CCBOH) is putting public health information closer to people’s fingertips with the launch of both its Facebook and Twitter pages.