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                                                                                                                                      GPHA Annual Meeting & Conference 2006
Table of Contents
Greetings from the President . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2
GPHA Vision Statement, GPHA Mission Statement, GPHA Principles . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3
Greetings from the Interim Executive Director . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4
Executive Committee . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5
Letters of Welcome . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6
Conference Schedule . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10
Workshop Schedule . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13
Poster Sessions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23
Opening Keynote Speaker – Rex D. Archer, M.D., MPH . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24
Plenary Session Speaker – Brad Nieder, M.D. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25
Closing Plenary Session – Patricia Mail, MPH, PhD, CHES . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26
2006 Award Winners . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27
The GlaxoSmithKline Child Health Recognition Awards . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 43
Pictures from GPHA Meeting & Conference 2005 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 44
Section Officers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 46
Section Meetings . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 47
Standing Committee Chairs & Special Committee Chairs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 48
Past Presidents & Honorary Members . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 49
Treasurer's Report . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 50
Exhibitors . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 51
General Conference Information . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 52
Advertisers & Sponsors . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 53
Bylaws . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 58
Conference Floor Plan . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 65
Retired Executive Director Recognition . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 66




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                                                                        Greetings from the President
                                                                        I welcome you to the 77th Annual Meeting and Conference
                                                                        of the Georgia Public Health Association (GPHA).
                                                                        This past year has been full of change and challenge for
                                                                        GPHA. Our 2005 Annual Meeting had to be rescheduled at
                                                                        the last minute from September to December because of
                                                                        Hurricane Katrina, our President–Elect Ron Burger, moved
                                                                        to Florida and left us, and our Executive Director retired.
                                                                        Regardless of all this, our Annual Meeting was a success
                                                                        and we had a very good year.
                                                                      Margaret Park, our former Executive Director, was with
                                                                      GPHA for six years and made many valuable contributions
                                        William C. Fields, MBA        to the organization. One of the most important of her
                                                                      contributions was her work with the Board of Health
                                                                      Institute. This operation was a significant step for GPHA in
                                        expanding our role as an advocate for the public health system. We wish Margaret well in
                                        her retirement.
                                        I want to welcome our Interim Executive Director, Donna Adams Morgan. Donna worked
                                        for the Chair of the DeKalb County Commission during several administrations and brings
                                        a wealth of experience and ability to GPHA. We are fortunate to have someone of Donna’s
                                        capability with us.
                                        Our annual meeting program this year features outstanding keynote speakers, many
                                        workshops of professional interest and a number of opportunities to network with others
                                        who have an interest in the health of Georgians. The pre-conference events this year are of
                                        the high quality that we have come to expect. They include a day long EMS/Emergency
                                        Response Conference, A Plain Talk presentation sponsored by the Annie E. Casey Founda-
                                        tion, and an Advocacy Workshop sponsored by Research!America and Healthcare Georgia
                                        Foundation.
                                        The entire Executive Board of GPHA worked hard to bring you this year’s meeting. I
                                        particularly wish to thank Robert Taylor, Gregory Fenno, Margaret Bean, Theresa Clark,
                                        Tony Clark, Regina Abbott, Lynn Thafvelin, Carolyn Wetzel, Carol Tompkins, Dr. Joe
                                        Alderman and Trish Southwell. The student reception was planned by Kathryn Martin,
                                        Ashley Wells and Jamie Cope. Jennifer Jarrell, our Student Intern, did an outstanding job
                                        with registration information and continuing education certification.
                                        GPHA was very active in advocacy on public health issues in the past year. We met with
                                        legislators and other interested parties on a number of issues. We played an active role in
                                        the discussions over the changes in the food service regulations and provided written and
                                        oral input to the DHR Board on this matter. There is much work to do on advocacy for
                                        public health in the coming year.
                                        I hope all of you will enjoy the meeting and take every opportunity to meet with your
                                        colleagues during this time.




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GPHA Vision Statement
Healthy Georgians, living in healthy communities.
The premier association committed to excellence
in public health practices throughout Georgia.


GPHA Mission Statement
To advocate for conditions in which all people and
communities can be healthy.
To promote the scientific foundation of public health practice and policy.
To assure a continuous voice broadly representing public health in Georgia.


GPHA Principles
Public health is what everyone in the community does to improve health.
We believe in:
■   Collaboration/partnership
■   Community development
■   Cultural competency
■   Diversity and inclusivity
■   Ethical behavior
■   Membership development and involvement
■   National public health practice standards
■   Population-based practice
■   Prevention/health promotion
■   Science-based practice
■   Social justice
■   Systems thinking
■   Workforce development




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                                                                          Greetings from the Interim
                                                                          Executive Director
                                                                          Welcome to Augusta, Georgia where City leaders embrace
                                                                          the 77th Annual Meeting and Conference of the Georgia
                                                                          Public Health Association (GPHA) with warmth and
                                                                          southern charm. The GPHA Board and staff carefully
                                                                          prepared your conference to be interesting, informative, fun
                                                                          and ensure maximum continuing education units.
                                                                          Working with the GPHA as it starts a new chapter in its
                                                                          77-year history is an exciting honor and privilege. And
                                                                          although most of you do not know me, I am very aware of
                                        Donna Adams Morgan                the GPHA mission as the largest public health advocacy
                                                                          group in our state and one of Georgia’s best kept secrets.
                                                                          That secret needs to be told.
                                        As in most cases involving public service programs, the vast professional resources and
                                        expertise that you provide to communities to ensure a healthy Georgia are in direct
                                        competition for limited dollars with many other necessary programs and services. It is
                                        critical that the collective impact of your work be known as clearly by those funding
                                        resources and policy makers as it is already known by the thousands of lives you touch
                                        each day.
                                        New beginnings require new tactics. Competition for funds requires commitment to the
                                        mission, strong, positive, clear messages that show impact and a determined, unified and
                                        powerful delivery. As your Interim Executive Director, I will assist your Board of Directors
                                        in formulating a comprehensive plan of advocacy and marketing to bring public health to
                                        the forefront for all of Georgia to see and appreciate.
                                        Your work in the field of public health is well known to many, particularly internally to
                                        your own profession. However, to ensure continued programming and growth and gain
                                        placement as a high budgetary priority with the accompanying commitment of financial
                                        resources your direct-value added profile can be raised and highlighted considerably
                                        through marketing strategies, action and implementation steps, heightened public aware-
                                        ness and third party testimonials.
                                        Public health in Georgia is about you and your unfailing commitment as servant leaders to
                                        provide quality, basic health services particularly to those most in need. It is about your
                                        ability to fill in the gaps, provide the safety net, divert disaster and stretch limited dollars to
                                        their maximum extent. You are part of the fabric of every community in our State. You
                                        have history and credibility, and you are valued and appreciated.
                                        As we begin this new initiative to maximize that awareness as well as recruit a new
                                        Executive Director, your knowledge of facts and information, support and unity will be
                                        critical to the success of the future of public health in Georgia.
                                        Have the best annual meeting and conference ever. I look forward to meeting many of you
                                        throughout the week. Thank you for allowing me to participate in this important next step
                                        in GPHA’s history. You have my respect and appreciation.




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                                                                                                GPHA Annual Meeting & Conference 2006
Executive Committee




President:                 President-Elect:     Treasurer:              Secretary:
William C. Fields, MBA     J. Frederick Agel    Robert V. Taylor, MEd   Regina P. Abbott, MPA
Retired, Marietta          Retired, Doraville   DeKalb County Board     LaGrange Health
                                                of Health, Chamblee     District 4, Griffin
* Vice President: Vacant


GPHA Elected Offices




Representative-at-         Representative-at-   Southern Health         APHA Representative:
Large:                     Large:               Association             Lisa M. Carlson, MPH,
Sam R. Cunningham          Ecleamus L. Hicks,   Representative:         CHES
                           MPH                  E. Joseph Alderman,
                                                DDS, MPH

Staff




Research Assistant
Jennifer C. Jarrell, BA


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                                        Conference Schedule
                                        Tuesday, September 5, 2006
                                        8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.     Registration and Information Desk Open             Conference
                                                                                                                     Center Lobby

                                        10:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.    Emergency Preparedness Conference                  Lamar A
                                        10:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.    Georgia Plain Talk Institute                       Lamar B

                                        10:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.    Advocacy Essentials: Speak out for Public Health   Lamar C
                                        11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.    Exhibit Set-Up                                     Estes Exhibit Hall
                                                                                                                     & Plaza Prefunction

                                        3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.     Silent Auction                                     Terrace Lounge
                                        4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.     Moderator Training                                 Hamilton

                                        5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.     GPHA Executive Board Meeting                       Oglethorpe G-H
                                        6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.     Exhibit Hall Opening/Welcome Reception             Plaza Prefunction


                                        Wednesday, September 6, 2006
                                        7:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.     Registration and Information Desk Open             Conference
                                                                                                                     Center Lobby

                                        7:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.     Exhibit Hall Open                                  Estes Exhibit Hall
                                                                                                                     & Plaza Prefunction
                                        7:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.     Silent Auction                                     Terrace Lounge

                                        7:30 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.     Continental Breakfast                              Plaza Prefunction
                                        8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.     Poster Presenters Available for Discussion         Conference
                                                                                                                     Center Lobby

                                        9:00 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.    Opening Plenary Session                            Oglethorpe E-F-G-H
                                        10:30 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.   Keynote Speaker: Rex Archer, MD                    Oglethorpe E-F-G-H
                                                                  President, National Association of
                                                                  City & County Health Officials (NACCHO)

                                        11:30 a.m.                Exhibit Drawings for Prizes                        Estes Exhibit Hall
                                                                                                                     & Plaza Prefunction
                                        12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.    Luncheon                                           Oglethorpe A-B-C-D

                                        1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.     Concurrent Workshop Session I                      See Schedule
                                        3:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.     Beverage Break                                     Estes Exhibit Hall
                                                                                                                     & Plaza Prefunction

                                        3:15 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.     Exhibit Drawings for Prizes                        Estes Exhibit Hall
                                                                                                                     & Plaza Prefunction
                                        3:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.     Concurrent Workshop Session II                     See Schedule

                                        5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.     Student Reception                                  Tower Suite 1108
                                                                  Sponsored by the Medical College of Georgia
                                                                   and the University of Georgia



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Thursday, September 7, 2006
7:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.    Silent Auction                                    Terrace Lounge

7:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.     Registration and Information Desk Open            Conference
                                                                            Center Lobby
7:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.     Exhibit Hall Open                                 Estes Exhibit Hall
                                                                            & Plaza Prefunction

7:30 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.     Continental Breakfast                             Plaza Prefunction
7:45 a.m. – 8:00 a.m.     Exhibit Drawings for Prizes                       Estes Exhibit Hall
                                                                            & Plaza Prefunction

8:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.     Section Meetings                                  See Schedule
9:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.    Section Meetings                                  See Schedule

11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.   Plenary Session                                   Oglethorpe E-F-G-H
                          Keynote Speaker: Brad Nieder, MD, MPH
                          The Healthy Humorist
12:00 p.m. – 1:25 p.m.    Legacy Awards Luncheon                            Oglethorpe A-B-C-D

3:00 p.m.                 Exhibit Takedown                                  Estes Exhibit Hall
                                                                            & Plaza Prefunction
1:15 p.m.                 Silent Auction –Successful Bids Posted            Information Desk

1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.     Concurrent Workshop Session III                   See Schedule
3:00 p.m.                 Silent Auction – Deadline to Pick-Up              Terrace Lounge

3:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.     Beverage Break                                    Estes Exhibit Hall
                                                                            & Plaza Prefunction
3:15 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.     Exhibit Drawings for Prizes                       Estes Exhibit Hall
                                                                            & Plaza Prefunction

3:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.     Concurrent Workshop Session IV                    See Schedule
6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.     President’s Reception                             Oglethorpe A-B-C-D
                          Sponsored by Mitchell & McCormick, Inc.


Friday, September 8, 2006
7:30 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.     Continental Breakfast                             Estes Exhibit Hall
                                                                            & Plaza Prefunction

7:30 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.     Newly Elected Sections Chairs Breakfast           Cumming
8:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.    Information/CEU Desk Open                         Conference
                                                                            Center Lobby

9:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.     Closing Business Session                          Lamar Ballroom
10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.   Closing Plenary Session                             Lamar Ballroom
                          Keynote Speaker: Pat Mail, PhD, MPH
                          President of the American Public Health Association

11:15 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.    Glaxo-Smith-Kline Child Health Awards Luncheon Oglethorpe A-B-C-D
                          Speaker: Dr. Dave Ross
                          “Can Information Make A Difference in Child Health”
1:30 p.m. – 2:15 p.m.     GPHA Executive Board Meeting                      Estes Exhibit Hall A


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                                        Workshop Schedule
 Session I: Wednesday, September 6,




                                        Workshops Sessions are scheduled Wednesday, September 6, 2006 and Thursday, Septem-
                                        ber 7, 2006 from 1:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. The time and location
                                        of each presentation are listed below. No special registration is required. (CE credit is
                                        available for all workshops.)

                                        Session I: Wednesday, September 6, 2006
                                        1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. (90 Minute Sessions)

                                        LAMAR A             Healthy Indoor Air Quality Education for                     90 Min.
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                                                            MOLD, DUST MITES, ROACH DROPPINGS are three
                                                            of the known Asthma triggers and a result of poor
                                                            indoor air quality. The triggers are all a result of water
                                                            being where it should not be… in your home, school or
                                                            workplace. The Coastal Health District has an Environ-
                                                            mental Health program that is making a positive impact
                                                            on delivery of factual information and empowering
                                                            residents with a solution.
                                                            Sharon Varn
                                                            Henry Slack
                                        HAMILTON B          Study of Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate           45 Min.
                                                            Services among Health-Care Professionals
                                                            Language barriers affect the accessibility of health care
                                                            for patients in areas where health systems lack the
                                                            resources to provide translation services. Training in
                                                            Medical Spanish and how to use medical translators
                                                            need, to be implemented in health care facilities in
                                                            order to comply with standards based on culturally and
                                                            linguistically appropriate services.
                                                            Genny Carrillo- Zuniga, ScD, MSPH, MPH, MD
                                                            Bonnie Dadig, EdD, PA-C
                                                            Yoon Ho Seol, PhD, MA, MS
                                                            The Burden of Kidney Disease in Georgia                      45 Min.
                                                            Kidney failure is a serious, costly chronic disease in
                                                            Georgia. This study intends to portray the burden of
                                                            kidney disease in Georgia.
                                                            Pyone Cho, MBBS, MPH, MA
                                                            Manxia Wu, MD, MPH




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                                                                                   SessionAnnual Meeting & Conference 2006
                                                                                   GPHA I: Wednesday, September 6, 2006
LAMAR C      Physical Activity Surveillance in Georgia                   45 Min.
             The purpose of this project is to describe the prevalence
             of active individuals, environmental features and
             organizational policies supporting physical activity in
             Georgia.
             Matt Falb, MHS
             Dafna Kanny, PhD
             Population-Based County Health Assessment.                  45 Min.
             Improvement Simulation Using What-If Scenarios
             Using What-If Scenarios to simulate county public
             health improvement status. A live demonstration of data
             requirements and processes to virtually alter the public
             health future.
             Miguel Zuniga, MD, MHA, DrPH
LAMAR B      Playing with Matches: A Public Health Approach              45 Min.
             Two presentations on how matching performed
             between the HIV/AIDS Surveillance database and
             another database furthered our understanding of the
             HIV/AIDS Epidemic and informed other public health
             programs.
             Luke Shouse, MD, MPH
             Geographic Distribution of HIV Infection in Georgia         45 Min.
             This presentation will present geo-mapped AIDS
             surveillance and antiretroviral prescription data to
             evaluate the distribution of AIDS cases, where care is
             received and the completeness of reporting.
             Richard Dunville, MPH
HAMILTON A   Georgia’s New Violent Death Reporting System                45 Min.
             GVDRS makes available integrated, timely data for the
             implementation and evaluation of prevention programs
             aimed at violent death and injury. This presentation
             offers the latest data available on suicides, homicides,
             and other violent death in Georgia.
             Robert Gern, MPH
             Using SEER*Stat for Cancer Data Analysis in the Field       45 Min.
             SEER*Stat is a powerful tool for analyzing cancer data.
             This session will provide an introduction to SEER*Stat,
             including a demonstration of the software and some
             suggestions for its use in the field.
             Chrissy McNamara, MSPH
             Ahmed Jamal, MBBS, MPH




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                                        MOODY         Fetal and Infant Mortality Review:                            45 Min.
                                                      Building on Community Awareness
 Session I: Wednesday, September 6,




                                                      Coastal Georgia has one of the highest incidences of
                                                      fetal and infant mortality in the state. This program is an
                                                      opportunity to explore how one health district is
                                                      working to improve birth outcomes. Learn how the
                                                      FIMR joined forces with healthcare providers and
                                                      community leaders to address fetal and infant mortality
                                                      in coastal Georgia.
                                                      Charlotte Hough, MBA
                                                      Linking PCM, PRS and Children with Special Needs -            45 Min.
                                                      A Public Health System of Care
                                                      This presentation highlights a public health approach to
                                                      increasing positive pregnancy and neonatal outcomes
                                                      in a rural North Georgia county. Intervention begins at
                                                      the time of pregnancy determination and includes
                                                      regularly scheduled contacts throughout pregnancy,
                                                      delivery and 1-year beyond.
                                                      Mitzi Smith, RN, BSN
                                                      Tonya Woods, RN, BSN
                                                      Cheryl Bandy, RN, BSN
                                                      Carla Millican, RN, BSN
                                        WALSH A & B   An Analysis of Associated Nutrition Risk Criteria and         45 Min.
                                                      Causal Effects Identified in Women Enrolled in the
                                                      Georgia WIC Program
                                                      To become eligible for WIC a participant must be a
                                                      resident of Georgia, have an income level at or below
                                                      185% of poverty and have at least one nutrition-related
                                                      condition as determined by a certified professional or
                                                      nutritionist. Each condition has an associated risk code
                                                      based on priority according to WIC protocol. By assessing
                                                      the nutrition risks early, appropriate interventions can be
                                                      applied during critical periods of pregnancy and early
                                                      postpartum to offset their causal effects.
                                                      Shonté Richardson, MPH
                                                      Sophia Autrey, MPH, CLC
                                        CUMMING       Oral Health Screenings 101–What practitioners should          60 Min.
                                                      know to screen children effectively?
                                                      Simple and fun ways for health care providers to
                                                      provide oral health screenings on early and school age
                                                      children.
                                                      Kim Turner, DDS, MBA




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                                                                                               SessionI I: Wednesday, September 6, 2006
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3:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. (90 Minute Sessions)
WALSH A         The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Public Health Marketing             90 Min.
                The lecture will cover the following topics: public health
                marketing defined, basic marketing theory, human emotions in
                marketing decisions, decreasing health disparities,
                multiculturalism and measuring results.
                DeVellus Glover
LAMAR B         Linking Education to Health Promotion in Texas Colonias              45 Min.
                A health education program was developed using promotoras
                (community health workers) to improve health awareness in
                the Hispanic communities settled in the colonias (rural,
                unincorporated settlements) along the Texas-Mexico border.
                Although the delivery model of house visits is also used in this
                study, there is a need for further studies to test the validity of
                these interventions.
                Genny Carrillo- Zuniga, ScD, MSPH, MPH, MD
                Carmen Sumaya, MPH
                Decreasing Suicide and Depression in a Home and                      45 Min.
                Community-Based Services Program in Georgia
                Georgia’s residents >75 years of age have the highest rate of
                suicide (20.8/100,000). The Fuqua Center for Late-Life
                Depression of Emory University has partnered with the
                Department of Human Resources Division of Aging to provide
                educational programs for care managers of community-
                dwelling older adults in order to improve screening for
                depression.
                Nancie Vito
                Eve Byrd, MSN, MPH, RN, FNP
WALSH B         Strengthening Public Health Infrastructure                           45 Min.
                Through Clinical Program Integration
                The workshop will describe the efforts made by the
                Communicable Disease Prevention Branch of the Fulton
                County Department of Health and Wellness in integrating
                clinical services and collaborations with other programs in the
                community to strengthen the public health structure.
                Pradnya Tambe, MD
                Ruby Lewis Hardy
                Tisa Dupree Bright, BSN
                Facilitators and Barriers to 10 NQF Safe Practices                   45 Min.
                in Georgia Hospitals
                This qualitative study identified facilitators and barriers to the
                implementation of programs that support 10 National Quality
                Forum (NQF) patient safety practices in a sample of Georgia
                hospitals.
                Sarah Blake, MA




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                                        LAMAR A      Georgia: An HIV/AIDS STD Update                                    45 Min.
                                                     This presentation will provide a brief epidemiological
 Session II: Wednesday, September 6,




                                                     profile on the condition of AIDS and STD’s throughout
                                                     the state of Georgia.
                                                     Ranell Myles, MPH
                                                     Deanna Campbell, MPH
                                                     Utilization of Rapid HIV Testing for high-risk clients in public   45 Min.
                                                     health Clinic setting to prepare presumptive positive clients
                                                     for HIV primary care
                                                     The utility of Rapid HIV Testing in clinic settings has not
                                                     been established because of the need of confirmatory
                                                     test required for giving positive test results. This
                                                     workshop will narrate the preparation that could be
                                                     done pending confirmatory test.
                                                     Pradnya Tambe, MD
                                                     Cassandra Marquette
                                                     Anne Bruno Gaston
                                                     Ruby Lewis Hardy
                                                     Tisa Dupree Bright, BSN
                                                     Robert Glover
                                                     Sabrina Clark
                                        HAMILTON A   Time Series Analysis: Evaluation and Disparity Measurement         45 Min.
                                                     Health disparities and program effectiveness can be
                                                     measured with times series.
                                                     Frank Millard, MA
                                                     An Evaluation of the Georgia Comprehensive Cancer Registry         45 Min.
                                                     The Georgia Comprehensive Cancer Registry (GCCR) is
                                                     a ten-year-old, gold-certified registry. This systematic
                                                     evaluation using mixed methods identifies strengths and
                                                     potential areas for improvement.
                                                     Lydia Sharp, MPH
                                        CUMMING      Sudden Infant Death Syndrome in Neonatal Intensive Care            45 Min.
                                                     An evaluation of current sleep instruction given to
                                                     parents of infants from Neonatal Intensive Care Units in
                                                     four Georgia Hospitals.
                                                     Diane Manheim, MSW
                                                     Tiffany Taylor, MPH




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                                                                                       SessionAnnual Meeting September 6, 2006
                                                                                       GPHA II: Wednesday, & Conference 2006
LAMAR C         An Evaluation of the Georgia WIC Peer Counseling Program     45 Min.
                The Georgia WIC Peer Counseling Program uses the
                Best Start model for “Using Loving Support to Build a
                Peer Counseling Program.” A pilot of the model
                introduces a set of strategies and activities to be
                conducted in Georgia through September 30, 2006.
                Sophia Autrey, MPH, CLC
                The Oral Health Status and Burden of Obesity in              45 Min.
                Georgia’s Third Grade Children
                The purpose of this summary is to describe the preva-
                lence of obesity among third grade children in Georgia
                using measured height and weight data. Describe the
                oral health status and improvement efforts in Georgia.
                Matt Falb, MHS
                Dafna Kanny, PhD
HAMILTON B      Sexual Behaviors in DeKalb County High School Students       45 Min.
                The 2005 DeKalb County Youth Risk Behavior Survey
                (YRBS) was used to examine racial and gender differ-
                ences in sexual behaviors among high school students.
                Greta Kilmer, MS
                Mary Patrick, MPH
                Christopher Holliday, MPH
                Alcohol Abuse and Young Adults: Seeking Solutions            45 Min.
                The purpose of this presentation is to examine the
                impact of alcohol abuse among young adults from an
                individual and a community perspective. Prevention
                programs to reduce alcohol abuse among college
                students will be examined.
                Barbara Funke, PhD, CHES


Session III: Thursday, September 7, 2006
1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. (90 Minute Sessions)

HAMILTON A      Faith-Based Nutrition and Physical Activity Tool Kit         90 Min.
                Georgia’s Nutrition and Physical Activity Initiative
                presents a training on using a nutrition and physical
                activity tool kit developed to assist faith communities to
                establish or enhance healthy eating, breastfeeding and
                physical activity programs in their place of worship.
                Diane Roberts Ayers, RD, LD, MPH, IBCLC
WALSH A & B     Goal-Setting for Success                                     90 Min.
                Goal-setting is the first step to turning dreams, ideas,
                and wishes into reality! This workshop will help
                participants become motivated to achieve their goals, to
                write good goal statements, to visualize success, and to
                avoid obstacles.
                Donna Denman


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                                        MOODY        Promises to Keep: Preventing Child Maltreatment                90 Min.
                                                     Do you know the indicators of child maltreatment?
  Session III: Meeting September 7,




                                                     What do you do if you see a family struggling but there
                                                     is no abuse to report – yet? This session will focus on
                                                     the important work of preventing child maltreatment
                                                     before it occurs.
                                                     Liz Ferguson, MPA
                                        LAMAR A      Examining the Presence of West Nile Virus Infected Culex       45 Min.
                                                     Species of Mosquitoes in Commercial Nurseries
                                                     Some elements that commercial nursery workers are
                                                     exposed to include sunlight, pesticides, chemicals, as
                                                     well as possible infection by mosquitoes carrying the
                                                     West Nile Virus infections.
                                                     Oreta Marie Samples, MPH
                                                     Promoting Smokefree Homes in Rural Georgia: The TURF Project   45 Min.
                                                     This session will present tobacco control research that
                                                     was conducted in the Albany health district called
                                                     Tobacco Use in Rural Families (TURF). The research
                                                     examined the factors that facilitate and inhibit rural
                                                     families in establishing and enforcing smoke-free
                                                     homes, as well as suggested strategies for promoting
                                                     smoke-free homes.
                                                     Susan Butler, MEd, EdD, CHES
                                        HAMILTON B   Public Health as a Process Control System                      45 Min.
                                                     Public health is a process control system that attempts
                                                     to assure conditions in which people can be healthy.
                                                     Frank Millard, MA
                                                     Collaborating with a Medical Examiner’s Office:                45 Min.
                                                     A Novel Approach to Infectious Disease Surveillance
                                                     This paper shows that the medical examiner’s office can
                                                     be an important partner in improving completeness of
                                                     surveillance for an infectious disease like Hepatitis C.
                                                     Geroncio Fajardo, MD, MBA, MS, MS
                                                     Randy Hanzlick, MD




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                                                                                   SessionAnnual Meeting & Conference 2006
                                                                                   GPHA III: Thursday, September 7, 2006
CUMMING    “It Takes Two” Analyzing The Collaborative Efforts            45 Min.
           of The Health Department and A Community Based Organization
           National AIDS Education & Services for Minorities
           (NAESM) and the Fulton County Department of Health
           and Wellness (FCDHW) have teamed up to provide
           improved HIV/STD prevention, care, and treatment
           services. The purpose of this collaborative effort is to
           increase client access to HIV/STD prevention and
           treatment services.
           Michelle Allen
           Planning a Tabletop Exercise                                  45 Min.
           Planning a tabletop exercise? This presentation will
           provide an overview of lessons learned from planning
           and conducting bioterrorism exercises in six Georgia
           districts in 2005.
           James Buehler, MD
LAMAR C    Syndromic Surveillance: Where Are We Headed in Georgia?       45 Min.
           Syndromic Surveillance provides “real-time” health
           information to public health practitioners, enabling
           timely detection and response to events with potential
           public health significance. Public Health Districts (PHD)
           solicit facilities, while Notifiable Diseases Epidemiology
           Section provides support. PHD efforts include facilities
           in metropolitan areas as well as those with other at-risk
           populations.
           Wendy Cameron, MPH
           Erin Murray, MSPH
           Disease Surveillance among Katrina Evacuees in Shelters       45 Min.
           Disease surveillance among Hurricane Katrina evacu-
           ees in shelters was conducted through collaboration
           between the Public Health Districts and the Notifiable
           Diseases Epidemiology Section. The ease of recording
           and analyzing these data was accomplished through
           the use of the internet-based State Electronic Notifiable
           Diseases Surveillance System (SendSS). The findings are
           presented.
           Susan Temporado Cookson, MD, MPH




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                                        LAMAR B         A Worldwide Crisis: Inappropriate Antibiotic Use &                 45 Min.
                                                        Resistant Bacterial Infections
  Session III: Meeting September 7,




                                                        Antibiotic resistance is a rapidly growing problem that
                                                        threatens global health. Inappropriate prescribing and
                                                        overuse of antibiotics are important factors in the
                                                        development of resistance.
                                                        Anna Vickery, MHSE, CHES
                                                        Assessing the Knowledge Structure of Public Health                 45 Min.
                                                        for Information Retrieval
                                                        The primary aim of this study is to derive a conceptual
                                                        model that elucidates the underlying public health
                                                        knowledge-domains indicated by literature analysis.
                                                        This study characterizes the domain structures of the
                                                        field and attempts to describe underlying associations
                                                        between the domains.
                                                        Yoon-Ho Seol, PhD, MS
                                                        Genny Carrillo- Zuniga, ScD, MSPH, MPH, MD
                                                        Miguel Zuniga, MD, MHA, DrPH


                                        Session IV: Thursday, September 7, 2006
                                        3:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. (90 Minute Sessions)

                                        LAMAR A         Population-Based Nutrition and Physical Activity Programs          90 Min.
                                                        in Health Districts 6 (Augusta) and 9-2 (Waycross)
                                                        Learn about how health districts 6 (Augusta) and 9-2
                                                        (Waycross) and their partners are helping fight the
                                                        obesity epidemic in their communities using collabora-
                                                        tive population-based nutrition and physical activity
                                                        strategies.
                                                        Sara Andrist, MPH, RD, LD
                                                        Anne S. Wheeler, RD, LD, CDE
                                                        Edna Davis, MS, MPH, RD, LD
                                                        Heather Peebles, RD, LD
                                                        Tiffany Taylor, MPH, CHES
                                                        Heather Vickers
                                        LAMAR B         Screening for Lead Poisoning: Are we Testing                       45 Min.
                                                        the Right Kids? Metro-Atlanta 2005
                                                        This presentation deals with identifying neighborhoods
                                                        in metro-Atlanta with large proportion of old and
                                                        substandard housing that contribute toward childhood
                                                        lead poisoning.
                                                        Ambarish Vaidyanathan, MSEvnE
                                                        Forrest Staley, MUP, MPHc
                                                        Planning the Georgia Integrated Screening Services Pilot Program   45 Min.
                                                        The Georgia Integrated Screening Services Pilot
                                                        Program is the first phase in an effort at integration and
                                                        collaboration within public health programs.
                                                        Karen Boone, MN, MPH, RN, BC
                                                        Ashwini Soman, MBBS, MPH
                                                        Simple Singh, MD, MPH
                                                        Cassandra Martin, MPH, CHES
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                                                                                       SessionAnnual Meeting & Conference 2006
                                                                                       GPHA IV: Thursday, September 7, 2006
HAMILTON B   Exploring How Churches Support Healthy Lifestyles               45 Min.
             Social and physical environments play a significant role
             in shaping health behavior. Church environments may
             be particularly influential in rural communities where
             church membership is typically high.
             Brieon Arthur, MPH, CHES
             Michelle Kegler, DrPH, MPH
             Cam Escoffery, PhD, MPH, CHES
             Kathleen Scanlin
             Iris Alcantara, MPH
             Darrell Sabbs
             Jacqueline Grant, MD, MPH
             Karen Glanz, PhD, MPH
             Potential Walkers and Neighborhood Characteristics              45 Min.
             around Public Schools in Georgia
             The purpose of this report is to estimate the potential
             walkers living 1-mile or less from school and describe
             characteristics of the environment around public
             schools in Georgia.
             Matt Falb, MHS
             Dafna Kanny, PhD
LAMAR C      The History of the Development of the Field Manual for          45 Min.
             Environmental Health Emergency Response
             James Drinnon
             Engaging and Ensuring Community Resources for                   45 Min.
             Bioterrorism Preparedness Exercises
             This presentation will review Best Practices and
             Opportunities for Improvement that may help Medical
             Reserve Corps Coordinators, county planners, public
             health and community leaders to engage citizens in
             preparedness exercises and to help ensure that the
             necessary community resources will be available for a
             real-time public health emergency.
             Andrea Polk Stephenson, MS
MOODY        Realizing a Dream: The Birth of a New Local Health Department   45 Min.
             How to find funding and gain political knowledge to help a
             community find the means to build a much needed new
             health department. The journey from beginning to end.
             Bobbie Pinson
             Patricia Townley, RN, BSN
             Margaret Bean, RN, MS, MN
             Ladye Jayne Payne
             Use of Economic Evaluation Tools in Public Health               45 Min.
             Discuss fundamental cost-benefit analysis (CBA) and
             cost effectiveness analysis (CEA) and illustrate how
             these two techniques may be applied.
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                                        HAMILTON A   Using the Georgia BRFSS to Achieve Arthritis Program         45 Min.
                                                     Goals
  Session IV: Meeting September 7,




                                                     The Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS)
                                                     has had practical applications in targeting, implement-
                                                     ing, and evaluating the Arthritis Foundation Exercise
                                                     Program (formerly called People with Arthritis Can
                                                     Exercise, or PACE) in selected regions of Georgia. A
                                                     similar approach may be extended to address arthritis in
                                                     other parts of the state.
                                                     Mehul Patel, MSPH
                                                     Moving a Data Reporting System: Paper-based to Electronic    45 Min.
                                                     Electronic data transmission in Public Health increases
                                                     the speed of data reporting and facilitates efficient data
                                                     sharing among health professionals. This session will
                                                     provide an introduction to a custom-built electronic
                                                     patient records system that replaced our resource-
                                                     intensive paper-based system and explores various
                                                     modes of electronic data dissemination.
                                                     Ahmed Jamal, MBBS, MPH
                                        CUMMING      Health Matters Worksite Wellness Initiative: An              45 Min.
                                                     effective approach for both business and employee.
                                                     Follow by example: See and learn how your worksite
                                                     can become a model for the development, implementa-
                                                     tion, and evaluation of an effective comprehensive
                                                     worksite health promotion program.
                                                     Jon Ducote
                                                     Building Capacity for Internal Public Health                 45 Min.
                                                     Worksite Wellness: The Inside Story
                                                     This abstract is a review of District 8-2’s process for
                                                     planning and implementing an internal worksite
                                                     wellness initiative. Emphasis is on policy development,
                                                     core leadership components, program design, and
                                                     evaluation for this unfunded, comprehensive program.
                                                     Jacqueline Grant, MD, MPA, MPH
                                                     Jacqueline Jenkins, MSPH
                                                     Gail Dorner, RD, LD, CLC
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                                                                                                             GPHA Annual Meeting & Conference 2006
Poster Sessions                                      GPHA Poster Presentations Sponsor:
                                                     Enterprise Community Healthy Start Program
Poster Sessions will be set up in the                MCG Health, Inc and Medical
                                                     College of Georgia
Ballroom Lobby on the Main Lobby floor.
                                                     Director, Sandra M. Pittman,
The presenters will be available for                 PhD, RN
discussion prior to the Opening Plenary
Session on Wednesday, September 6, from              Supported in part by Project
                                                     H49MC00129 from the Healthy
7:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. Please stop by and            Start Initiative, Maternal Child
review these examples of best practice               Health Bureau, Health Resources
and innovation.                                      and Services Agency, DHHS


Title                                                                                            Author
A Policy Proposal for Effective Conveyance of Information in                              Nilesh Bhutada
Direct-to-Consumer Print Ads of Prescription Drugs

Agencies Hopes to Improve Knowledge and Access to Fresh Fruits                              Jennifer Close
and Vegetables through Collaborations with Local Farmers

Cardiovascular risk reduction through a wellness program                                      Sarah Salter

Comprehensive Electronic Medical Records Management:                                    Olatoye Oyelowo
The Utility of Interoperable Medical Information Networks

Creating Synergy Among Programs and Partners                                               Janet Weisman

Diabetic Retinopathy and Diabetic, Obese Adult Georgians                                       Pyone Cho

Enhancing STD Prevention in Adolescents: A Summary of a Youth Campaign                    Tambe Pradnya

Implementation and Evaluation of a Worksite Wellness Program                              KaRetta Prescott

Insuring Our Nation, Ensuring Our Public Health                                            Amy Walthour

La Café: Nutrition Education Room                                                           Kristen Slivka

Live Healthy Bartow Six-Week Basic Training                                                Elizabeth Allen

Low Hemoglobin Levels and WIC Nutrition Education                                         Kerry Breedlove

Lowndes County Diabetes Education Program                                                 Holly Rountree

Measuring Leadership Competencies for Public Health Nurses                                     Ann North

On-Site WIC Farmers Market                                                                Cindy Paramore

Parenting and Family Characteristics: The Role of Resiliency in Mothers                    Lara DePadilla

Quality Improvement Initiatives of the Georgia’s Coverdell Stroke Registry                Wright Cortelius

Success Story of the CDC Initiative to Involve                                            Tambe Pradnya
HIV Positive Clients in HIV Prevention

Successful Utilization for Tuberculosis Clinic as a Portal for Identification of HIV      Tambe Pradnya

The Health Belief Model as a Predictor of Dietary Behaviors in                           Anthony Parrillo
Female College Students

The Ongoing Battle: Treating Iron Deficiency Anemia in                                  Shannah Whiddon
Two of Georgia’s Most Rural Counties
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                                                                        Opening Keynote Speaker

                                                                        Wednesday, September 6, 2006
                                                                        Rex D. Archer, MD, MPH
                                                                        President, National Association of
                                                                        County & City Health Officials (NACCHO)
                                                                        Kansas City, Missouri
                                                                         Dr. Rex Archer is Director of Health for the City of Kansas
                                                                         City, Missouri, and President of the National Association of
                                                                         County & City Health Officials (NACCHO). The Kansas
                                        Dr. Rex D. Archer,               City Health Department is recognized as the first fully-
                                        MD, MPH                          accredited public health agency west of the Mississippi.
                                                                         The Department has also been recognized by the CDC as
                                                                         one of the first local health departments in the U.S. to meet
                                        the criteria for Public Health Ready.
                                        As an acknowledged authority on civilian bio-defense with over 25 years in protecting the
                                        public’s health, Dr. Archer is the founding chairperson of NACCHO’s Bioterrorism and
                                        Emergency Preparedness Task Force which has been in operation for over seven years.
                                        Dr. Archer has testified on the need to provide a better level of protection against infec-
                                        tious diseases and bioterrorism threats for the U.S. Senate Appropriations Subcommittee of
                                        the Labor Health & Education, and the U.S. Conference of Mayors Emergency, Safety &
                                        Security Summit in Washington, DC on Public Health Response, the Women in Govern-
                                        ment State Directors Conference regarding state legislators’ roles and oversight of state
                                        health departments.
                                        Dr. Archer has served on a number of national committees involved with Public Health
                                        Threats and Emergency Preparedness, and has been widely quoted by national media
                                        including the Bloomberg News, Boston Herald, CBS, Congressional Quarterly, MSNBC,
                                        New York Times, US News & World Report, Wall Street Journal, and the Washington Post.
                                        Prior to his present position in Kansas City, Dr. Archer completed his medical degree with
                                        the University of Kansas, his General Preventive Medicine Public Health Residency and
                                        Masters in Public Health degree at the University of Michigan and is recognized as a
                                        Public Health Leadership Institute Scholar by UCLA/CDC. He has served as Physician-in-
                                        Charge, Employee Health Programs; Ford Motor Company and local and state health
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                                                                                                 GPHA Annual Meeting & Conference 2006
Plenary Session Speaker

Thursday, September 7, 2006
Brad Nieder, MD
The Healthy Humorist
Some call him the Funny Doctor. Some call him the
Phunny Physician TM. Still others call him Ethyl. To most,
though, he’s known as The Healthy Humorist TM. He’s Brad
Nieder, MD, a humor doctor and funny speaker who
entertains, inspires, and enlightens audiences across the
country with his unique blend of healthcare comedy and             Brad Nieder, MD
wellness advice. After all, laughter is the best medicine.
Well, okay, maybe penicillin is better. And aspirin is good,
too. But laughter is still quite effective at reducing stress, managing pain, and boosting the
immune system.
How did Brad end up being Dr. Funny TM? How does one come to blend healthcare and
humor as a professional speaker? Just prior to going off to college, Brad discovered impro-
visational comedy. So while a freshman at Stanford University, he became a founding
member of the SIMPS improv comedy troupe. During medical school at the University of
Colorado, Brad frequently performed standup comedy throughout Denver. He then took his
unique style to the East Coast when he went to the Medical College of Virginia for his
residency training. He still traverses the country, but he once again lives in Denver, a
general practitioner who some would say is a specialist in Healthy Humor TM!




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                                                                       Closing Plenary Session

                                                                       Friday, September 8, 2006
                                                                       Patricia Mail, MPH, PhD, CHES
                                                                       President, American Public Health Association


                                                                       Patricia (Pat) Mail, MPH, PhD, CHES is currently a consult-
                                                                       ant on Native-American substance use issues, and served
                                                                       most recently as a research scientist/co-principal investiga-
                                        Patricia Mail, MPH, PhD,       tor with the University of Washington’s Addiction Behaviors
                                                                       Research Center. She is also an alternate to the U.S. Depart-
                                        CHES
                                                                       ment of Defense Base Realignment and Closure Military
                                                                       Health Benefit Working Group.
                                        Dr. Mail had a long and distinguished career with the U.S. Public Health Service, serving
                                        at the National Institutes of Health; the Alcohol, Drug Abuse and Mental Health Adminis-
                                        tration; the Health Services and Resources Administration; the office of the Surgeon
                                        General; and the Indian Health Service. Her work focused on prevention of alcohol abuse,
                                        coordination of services for HIV/AIDS, manpower placement in underserved areas and the
                                        provision of services to American Indian populations. She received 22 honor and service
                                        awards during her career, including the USPHS Surgeon General’s Medallion and the
                                        Surgeon General’s Exemplary Service Medal. She developed and taught a cross-cultural
                                        alcoholism course for Seattle University’s Alcohol Studies program.
                                        As an APHA member since 1966, she brings a long history of service to the Association,
                                        including the Committee on Women’s Rights, the Joint Policy Committee, the Continuing
                                        Professional Education Committee and the Executive Board.
                                        Pat received her MPH from Yale University, a Master of Science from Smith College, a
                                        Master of Arts from the University of Arizona, and her PhD from the University of Mary-
                                        land at College Park. She has several publications discussing Indians and alcohol. She is a
                                        Certified Health Education Specialist and a Fellow of the Society for Applied Anthropology.




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                                                                                             GPHA Annual Meeting & Conference 2006
Al Dohany Award for
Community Service
Elsie Cason Napier, RN, BSN
Family Nurse Practitioner
Lowndes County Health Department
Valdosta
Elsie Cason Napier graduated in 1980 from Valdosta State
College with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing. In
1986 she graduated from Georgia Southern College, as a
Certified Family Nurse Practitioner. In 1995 she received
her Masters Degree in Adult Health and Administration        Elsie Cason Napier, RN,
from Valdosta State University. She is employed as a         BSN
Certified Family Nurse Practitioner with the Lowndes
County Board of Health’s Primary Care Clinic.
In February 1996, Elsie formed TEACH (Teaching, Educating, Advancing Christian Health).
The program began to feed the less fortunate underneath a bridge on Thanksgiving and
Christmas, and giving toys and clothing to the needy each year. The TEACH Outreach
Center was dedicated on April 16, 2004. Currently at the Teach Outreach Center, over 500
people are fed monthly. It provides a food pantry and clothes closet to meets the needs of
the less fortunate and homeless. The center offers free computer classes for adults and
children, a weekly youth program for at risk girls ages 10-17, summer youth reading camp,
and a monthly jail ministry. In September of 2004, a weekly television broadcast, TEACH
Speaks, was launched. In January of 2006, TEACH received final approval to erect
a 28-bed temporary housing facility for homeless women who are HIV positive and/or
undergoing substance abuse counseling, and for their children. The home is to provide a
safe haven and help restore the family spiritually, physically, and mentally within their
communities.




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                                                                        Jules S. Terry Memorial Award
                                                                        Charles Eugene Godfrey, RN, APRN
                                                                        District Clinical Coordinator
                                                                        South Health District 8, Unit 1
                                                                        Valdosta
                                                                        Gene has been employed as a nurse in Public Health for
                                                                        the past 30 years and has made numerous contributions to
                                                                        the health of the communities that he has served. He was
                                                                        first employed in Public Health in 1976 as a public health
                                                                        nurse with the Lowndes County Health Department.
                                        Charles Eugene Godfrey,          As SHAPP Coordinator, Gene began a program for screen-
                                        RN, APRN                         ing congregations in African-American churches for high
                                                                         blood pressure and diabetes. Many persons unaware of
                                                                         potentially fatal disease were identified and helped into
                                        care through this program. In 1990, Gene decided that training as a Nurse Practitioner
                                        would enhance his ability to help those in need in his program. He attended Georgia
                                        Southern College for that training and certification which he completed in 1986.
                                        In 1991, he initiated the Coalition of African-American Clergy (COAAC), an incorporated
                                        non-profit coalition whose purpose was to bring the faith community together to address
                                        health and social issues in the community. They first worked to identify and help high-risk
                                        youth by starting a summer school tutorial program that improved grades and kept youth
                                        off the streets during the summer school break. They then looked to the growing problem
                                        of HIV/AIDS and received federal funding for a demonstration project to determine and
                                        enhance awareness of HIV/AIDS among African-Americans.
                                        In 1995, Gene worked with the newly formed Partnership for Health to write a federal
                                        grant that incorporated his vision of church based wellness programs. Currently 20
                                        churches are involved with the Partnership for Health’s Well Church Council. More
                                        recently Gene has been working on improving adult immunization coverage in the
                                        African-American community and has applied for a grant to use a faith-based program to
                                        raise the number and percent of African-Americans who receive flu and pneumococcal
                                        vaccine.
                                        Throughout his career, Gene has integrated his faith and his belief in public health practice
                                        to help those in need. Using these two disciplines he has created a unique health outreach
                                        combination that has proved to be beneficial to the health of residents in the South Health
                                        District where a relatively large proportion of the population is African-American. This
                                        long-term relationship with the African-American faith community has created an atmo-
                                        sphere of trust and collaboration that has enhanced the public health presence in this area
                                        and has improved the health outcomes for many individuals.




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                                                                                               GPHA Annual Meeting & Conference 2006
Georgia Dental Public Health
Award of Merit
Dwayne L. Turner, DDS, MBA
Director of Dental Health Services
DeKalb County Board of Health
Decatur
Dr. Dwayne Turner assumed the position of Director of
Dental Health Services with the DeKalb County Board of
Health in November 2004. His previous position was
Program Coordinator, Bright Smiles, Bright Futures;
Colgate-Palmolive Company, Atlanta, GA. In this capacity,    Dwayne L. Turner, DDS,
he oversaw the overall operations of a southeastern regional MBA
community-based oral health program.
Dr. Turner also served as Clinical Instructor, Georgia Perimeter College, Department of
Oral Hygiene, and as the managing and treating dentist for Ryan White/HIV oral
healthcare program at the Fulton County Department of Health and Wellness; Atlanta, GA.
Prior to that, Dr. Turner served for 5 years as the Dental Director for Correctional Medical
Services in Atlanta, GA. He was responsible for all aspects of patient care and delivery for
up to 2900 detainees. During that time, he established operational procedures, designed
and implemented protocols for patient screening and infection control, and promoted
OSHA compliance. His department was deemed “one of the best in the country.”
Dr. Turner received his BA in English at University of Rochester, Rochester, NY. He
earned his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree at Howard University College of Dentistry,
Washington, DC, and he was awarded his MBA from Brenau University, Atlanta, GA.




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                                                                       Environmentalist of the Year
                                                                       J. Ferrell Curlee, BS, MEd, REHS
                                                                       Environmentalist (Retired)
                                                                       Gwinnett County Health Department
                                                                       Lawrenceville
                                                                       Ferrell Curlee attended Auburn University, was a member
                                                                       of the Marching & Concert Bands and an initiate of Sigma
                                                                       Phi Epsilon Fraternity. He graduated with a B.S. in Biologi-
                                                                       cal Science and a Master of Education degree.
                                                                     Mr. Curlee started his career with the State of Georgia in
                                        J. Ferrell Curlee BS, MEd,   1973, at Gwinnett County Environmental Health in
                                        REHS                         Lawrenceville working primarily in Land Use. In 1980, he
                                                                     was promoted to Senior Sanitarian and supervisor of
                                                                     Newton County Environmental Health. He became supervi-
                                        sor of Cobb County Environmental Health’s Southern Office in Austell in 1983, returning to
                                        Gwinnett County in 1985, accepting a position as an EHS IV and supervisor in Environ-
                                        mental Health.
                                        Mr. Curlee first joined GPHA in 1976. In 1986, Ferrell became a GPHA Board member and
                                        was appointed as Memorials Chairman. He also served in all three Environmental Health
                                        Section officer positions over the next few years. During this time, the Environmentalist of
                                        the Year Award was established.
                                        For the last years of his career, Mr. Curlee has been Gwinnett’s Environmental Health
                                        County Manager. In December of 2005, he retired with 34 years of service to the state,
                                        DHR and Gwinnett County.




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                                                                                                 GPHA Annual Meeting & Conference 2006
Mental Health
Worker of the Year
Kathryn A. (Kitty) Kelley, BA, MA, PhD
Program Director, Center for
Torture & Trauma Survivors
DeKalb County Board of Health
Decatur
Kitty Kelley is the Program Director for the Center for
Torture & Trauma Survivors (CTTS), a model program at the
DeKalb County Board of Health. It is the only embedded
                                                                Kathryn A. (Kitty) Kelley,
health department program in the United States.
                                                                BA, MA, PhD
Dr. Kelley studied mental health and health from an
anthropological perspective through Master’s and PhD
programs. Her emphasis is that health and healing are best understood in terms of a given
society’s culture, and that the way to understand disease is to understand how a group of
people have adapted to a given culture (e.g., genetic change, psychophysiological adapta-
tions, and problem solving). Her area of specialization is a holistic anthropological
perspective of the effects of forced migration and torture on people, especially the intersec-
tion of health issues and complex Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. The rehabilitation
program she now directs offers as its core service multidimensional holistic health and
mental health care that is so amalgamated as to be, at times, indistinguishable.
Dr. Kelley notes that she continues to learn aspects of torture, including types, trends,
methods, purpose, sequelae, and treatments that work for various populations. To design
treatment modalities, she first compares a cultural group’s normal socialization and, when
appropriate, their later adaptations to conflict. To do that, she has worked in 26 countries,
visiting one active war zone, Northern Uganda, in 2004, where she interviewed 948 war
affected children, many of whom were child soldiers. Dr. Kelley continues to visit post-war
countries like Serbia and Croatia to see how people cope with the after effects of war in
situ and Cambodia where, in addition, she studied the killing fields and prisons where Pol
Pot had thousands tortured.
Working with survivors is challenging and incredibly rewarding; Dr. Kelley attests that her
team is the best in the world; funding is sparse; and teaching mainstream providers how to
work with survivors is a tough and worthwhile endeavor. She states, “I wouldn’t do
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                                                                       Kathy Miner Health Education
                                                                       and Promotion Award
                                                                       Dominic H. Mack, MD, MBA
                                                                       Project Director
                                                                       Morehouse School of Medicine
                                                                       Atlanta
                                                                        Dr. Dominic Hugo Mack currently serves as the Associate
                                                                        Director for the National Center for Primary Care at
                                                                        Morehouse School of Medicine (MSM). His primary
                                                                        responsibility is Project Director for the Regional
                                        Dominic H. Mack, MD,            Coordinating Center for Hurricane Response. Dr. Mack
                                        MBA                             manages this multi-state project which aims to help
                                                                        revitalize the devastated healthcare systems in the Gulf
                                                                        through replicable healthcare models which include
                                        electronic health record and telemedicine technology.
                                        Dr. Mack is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Family Medicine at Morehouse
                                        School of Medicine. He received his BS degree from Paine College in Augusta and his MD
                                        in 1987 from Meharry Medical School in Nashville, TN. He completed his internship and
                                        residency in Family Medicine at MSM and received his MBA from Kennesaw State Univer-
                                        sity in Kennesaw, GA. Dr. Mack practiced for 11 years and served as Chief Medical Officer
                                        at Southside Community Health Center in Atlanta, GA. He has also served as the Medical
                                        Director and Associate Chair of Clinical Affairs for the Family Medicine Department at
                                        MSM. Dr. Mack has received numerous awards for his clinical and community services in
                                        the metro-Atlanta area.




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Janet Stancliff-Epidemiology
Award
Laurel Garrison
Vector-Borne Diseases Epidemiologist
Division of Public Health
Atlanta
Laurel Garrison, MPH, serves as Vectorborne Disease
Epidemiologist with the Georgia Division of Public Health
(GDPH). Mrs. Garrison is responsible for surveillance and
prevention of tickborne diseases, including Rocky Mountain
spotted fever, ehrlichiosis, anaplasmosis, Lyme disease,        Laurel Garrison
tularemia, and Q fever in addition to other infectious
diseases such as malaria, Legionnaires’ disease, and other
rare zoonoses. She is the principal investigator of the ongoing Tick Attach Study, and
liaison to the Georgia Poison Center for two disease reporting hotlines: Georgia’s
Emergency Notifiable Disease Reporting System (1-866-PUB-HLTH) and the Georgia
Public Health Hotline (1-866-752-3442).
During her three years at GDPH, Mrs. Garrison has contributed to several disease
investigations and surveillance projects, including West Nile virus surveillance, SARS
contact tracing training, and disease surveillance for the G-8 Summit. Prior to GDPH,
Mrs. Garrison served as Hantavirus Surveillance Coordinator with the Special
Pathogens Branch, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Her surveillance
interests include vectorborne and zoonotic diseases, environmental exposures, and
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                                                                       The Barfield Papers-Nursing
                                                                       Section Award
                                                                       Marilyn Ringstaff, RN
                                                                       Nurse Practitioner
                                                                       Floyd County Board of Health
                                                                       Rome
                                                                       Ms. Ringstaff has almost thirty years of national and
                                                                       international experience in caring for women in
                                                                       reproductive health care, in both obstetrical and gyneco-
                                                                       logical settings. She practiced for ten years as an RN in
                                        Marilyn Ringstaff, RN          Labor and Delivery, and another ten years as a Certified
                                                                       Nurse-Midwife in a private practice which cared largely for
                                                                       low-income women.
                                        Since 1997, she has worked for public health in establishing a busy and successful public
                                        health family planning clinic. The clinic is also the only public health clinic in a ten
                                        county region to make emergency contraception available. Since 1997, the clinic has
                                        provided services, both free-of-charge and on a walk-in basis when needed, six days a
                                        week and on-call.
                                        In May of 2000, Ms. Ringstaff traveled to Kosovo with Doctors of the World to assist in re-
                                        establishing Maternal and Infant health care services after the Kosovo war. In May of 2005,
                                        she traveled to Peru with ASCCP to perform colposcopy and patient triage for LEEP treat-
                                        ment for Peruvian women with abnormal pap smears. Ms. Ringstaff has entered law school
                                        while continuing to manage the family planning clinic in Rome, Georgia. She plans to
                                        remain in public health and use her legal education in the furtherance of reproductive
                                        health care services.




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Ruth B. Freeman Public Health
Nurse Award for Population
Health Practice
Wanda Fisher, RN, CNM, BSN, MS, MPH
Women’s Health Coordinator
Northeast Health District
Athens

Beth Heath, RN
Public Health Nurse                                            Wanda Fisher, RN, CNM,
Madison County Health Department                               BSN, MS, MPH
Danielsville

Georgia C. Hutchins, APRN-BC, FNP
County Nurse Manager
Jackson County Health Department
Jefferson
With ingenuity, support from the Northeast Health District,
and a grant from the March of Dimes, these public health
nurses developed and implemented the Cabbage Patch
Program. Aimed at decreasing the incidence of pre-term
births and low birth weight babies, the program was
initiated in Jackson County. Based on past success, efforts
are underway to expand this innovative program to other
counties in the district.
                                                               Beth Heath, RN
Wanda Fisher assumed the role of Women’s Health Coordi-
nator for the Northeast Health District in January 2006. Ms.
Fisher works with 10 county health departments. She trains
new nurses in the district in the expanded role for Family
Planning, evaluates each nurse annually and assures
proficiency in microscope. Ms. Fisher trained to do colpos-
copy for clients with abnormal pap smears, and currently
devotes about one day per week performing this procedure
and placing IUD’s. She also works with various clinics with
grant writing and project implementation. Ms. Fisher is
enrolled at Walden University and is working toward a PhD
in Public Health, Epidemiology.
Beth Heath was hired in 2002 as a Public Health Nurse at
the Jackson County Health Department in Commerce. In
February 2004, Ms. Heath became the Nurse Supervisor at
                                                               Georgia C. Hutchins,
the Commerce Clinic, and in that year, became a part of
the group that founded The Cabbage Patch, a program to
                                                               APRN-BC, FNP
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                                        Ruth B. Freeman Public Health Nurse Award for
                                        Population Health Practice cont’d.
                                        Jackson County. In March of 2006, after moving to Colbert, Georgia, Ms. Heath transferred
                                        to the Madison County Health Department, where she will help expand The Cabbage
                                        Patch program. She is currently in studies to pursue a Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing and
                                        plans to eventually become a Family Nurse Practitioner.
                                        Georgia C. Hutchins in currently employed by the Jackson County Health Department as
                                        the County Nurse Manager. She obtained a post-graduate Family Nurse Practitioner
                                        certificate from Alcorn State University School of Nursing in 2000. Ms. Hutchin’s profes-
                                        sional nursing career has included critical care nursing, working as a nurse educator, and
                                        Public Health nursing. Ms. Hutchin’s professional certifications include Family Nurse
                                        Practitioner (ANCC) and Maternal Newborn Nursing (NCC).


                                        Lillian D. Wald Public Health
                                        Nursing Leadership Award
                                                                       Brenda Mims, RN, BSN
                                                                       Public Health Nurse Coordinator
                                                                       Lowndes County Health Department
                                                                       Valdosta
                                                                      Brenda Mims began her experience in public health as a
                                                                      Senior Staff Nurse with the Lowndes County Health Depart-
                                                                      ment in 1991 where she was later promoted to a Public
                                                                      Health Nurse Coordinator position. This new promotion
                                                                      presented the greatest challenge in her career, providing
                                                                      services for persons living with HIV/AIDS. She saw the
                                                                      urgency to revamp the infectious disease clinic. She
                                                                      understood the importance of inter and intra-disciplinary
                                        Brenda Mims, RN, BSN          collaboration. As a result of the collaborative work, health
                                                                      promotion and prevention activities were enhanced to
                                                                      augment care and services for clients. Clinic services were
                                                                      expanded which included: Establishment of Adult Health
                                        Promotion North in Tifton and South in Valdosta to provide primary care for persons living
                                        with HIV/AIDS.
                                        Brenda coordinated and managed an HIV planning grant which provides an opportunity to
                                        secure Ryan White III funds to increase accessibility and availability of comprehensive,
                                        high-quality primary care HIV services with emphasis on persons of color. In 2004, Brenda
                                        received funds from a CDC Initiative to increase availability and accessibility of HIV
                                        counseling and testing for high-risk individuals in a non-traditional and non-medical
                                        setting. African-Americans were the targeted population. Sites selected were barbershops,
                                        homeless day centers, tattoo parlors, laundry mats, bars and nightclubs. During this same
                                        time period, Brenda saw data, which indicated STD’s among 15-17 year olds had a high
                                        prevalence in the district. She wrote a proposal and was funded. The goal of this campaign
                                        was to increase STD awareness in adolescents between the ages of 15-17 years.




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Maternal and Child Health
Community Service Award
Annie Washington, RN
County Nurse Manager
Liberty County Health Department
Hinesville
Annie Washington has been a public health nurse for over
14 years and a County Nurse Manager for the last five.
Born and raised in Liberty County, Annie has a special
bond with many of the clients who come into her clinic.
                                                               Annie Washington, RN
In June 2006, a very tiny, fragile baby was discharged from
the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit of Memorial Health
University Medical Center. The mother was going back to a home where the electricity
was being cut off. Her baby was on a heart monitor and needed electrical power.
The Social Workers of the Mother Baby Unit at Memorial Medical Center contacted the
district’s High Risk Infant Follow up Nurse at 4:45 pm. She promptly contacted Annie.
Annie left work and found the new mother and her baby at home. Annie assessed the
home environment and the baby. From there, she contacted the electrical company and
made arrangements to keep the power on. While in the home, Annie was able to talk with
the mother and educate her about other public health services she and her baby would
need in order to reach maximum potential.
Annie’s initiative and timeliness of responding lead to the discussion of changes with local
power authorities who have asked to be contacted by public health and hospital workers
so that any future tragedies can be avoided.
This is only one example of Annie’s commitment to public health and to her community.
Annie continues to seek educational opportunities and encourages her staff to do like wise.




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                                                                         Larry W. Miller Information
                                                                         Specialist of the Year
                                                                         Frank H. Millard, MA
                                                                         Consultant
                                                                         Strategic Knowledge Management
                                                                         Atlanta
                                                                         Frank Millard has received formal education in engineering,
                                                                         natural sciences, geography and social theory; with gradu-
                                                                         ate degrees and study in anthropology and geophysical
                                                                         sciences at Georgia State University and Georgia Tech.
                                        Frank H. Millard, MA
                                                                       His professional experiences have mainly focused on
                                                                       clinical laboratory quality control, artificial intelligence,
                                        automated decision making by computing machinery, evidenced based machine learning
                                        systems, and, most recently, applying these principles to health system development and
                                        outcomes research.
                                        His varied current interests include: artificial biological systems, neuronal interfaces of
                                        artificial viruses, cell regeneration technology, modeling dynamics of disease and illnesses,
                                        and modeling ecologies of health.

                                                                         Maggie Kline Nursing Section
                                                                         Award
                                                                         Teresa Knight, RN
                                                                         Public Health Nurse Specialist
                                                                         Paulding County Health Department
                                                                         Dallas
                                                                         Teresa Knight has a long history of serving the public
                                                                         through nursing. She attended George Wallace College
                                                                         where she received her Registered Nurse license in 1989.
                                                                         Teresa began her nursing career at Southeast Alabama
                                        Teresa Knight, RN                Medical Center working in the Neonatal Intensive Care
                                                                         Unit. After working several years in Home Health
                                                                         Management, she accepted the position of Assistant
                                        Director of Nursing and later, the Director of Nursing in the area of Long Term Care.
                                        After moving to Georgia, Teresa joined Public Health as a Nurse Specialist in Cobb
                                        County. She is certified in Case Management and has since continued her education.
                                        Teresa is currently a Nurse Supervisor at Paulding County Health Department’s Satellite
                                        Clinic, which is actually housed within the Department of Family and Children Services. Her
                                        efforts led to one of the first collaborations of its kind in this area and serves as a model for
                                        others. The Georgia Legislature’s House Study Committee on Children recognized her accom-
                                        plishments by presenting her with the Public Health Leadership Award on September 1, 2005.
                                        Teresa joined the recently formed Paulding County Meth Alliance and is a member of the
                                        Treatment Committee. She is also a member of the Child Abuse Protocol Committee, and
                                        represents the Health Department well at numerous county, district and state functions.
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Rosemarie B. Newman
Nutrition Extra Mile Award
Mara Galic, MHSc, RD, LD
Project Coordinator
Division of Public Health
Atlanta
Mara Galic is a Registered and Licensed Dietitian and leads
Georgia’s Nutrition and Physical Activity Initiative, funded
through CDC, as the Project Coordinator,
(http://health.state.ga.us/nutandpa/) with great support from
a team of public health staff across the Division. Mara
                                                                Mara Galic, MHSc, RD,
holds a Masters of Health Science degree in Community/          LD
Public Health Nutrition from the University of Toronto.
Mara brings approximately 10 years of combined public health and community nutrition,
program planning and evaluation, prenatal nutrition, and food security experience from
Toronto, Canada and Georgia. In her spare time, Mara is an avid reader, wanna-be gar-
dener and part-time chef.

Office Personnel
Outstanding Service Award
Gregory H. Fenno, BA
Assistant to the Director
North DeKalb Health Center
DeKalb County Board of Health
Chamblee
Gregory Fenno began his Georgia Merit System career in
community mental health administration with the DeKalb
County Board of Health in 1992. When Mental Health/
                                                            Gregory H. Fenno, BA
Mental Retardation/Substance Abuse services were placed
under the DeKalb Community Service Board in 1995, Mr.
Fenno transferred back to the DeKalb County Board of
Health and assisted with the planning and design of the new North DeKalb Health Center
which was completed in 1998.
Mr. Fenno received his BA in history/political science from McPherson College (Kansas)
in 1982. He has served on the alumni board of his alma mater for 18 years. Mr. Fenno
volunteers his time with the Atlanta Regional Commission’s Workforce Investment Board,
the Blue & Gold Foundation of Chamblee Charter High School and several other commu-
nity organizations. In recognition of his volunteer work and community involvement, Mr.
Fenno received an honorary commission as a Lieutenant Colonel, Aide de Camp,
Governor’s Staff by Governor Roy Barnes in 1999, and the commission was renewed by
Governor Sonny Perdue in 2003.
Mr. Fenno has been a member of the Georgia Public Health Association since 1996, and
has volunteered at every Annual Meeting and Conference since that time. He currently
serves as GPHA Public Relations chairperson.
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                                                                      Primary Health Care
                                                                      Leadership Award
                                                                      Connie Smith, RN
                                                                      Case Manager
                                                                      Whitfield County Health Department
                                                                      Dalton
                                                                       From the age of six years, Connie Smith dreamed of
                                                                       becoming a nurse. In 1984, she graduated from Dalton
                                                                       Vocational School of Health Occupations as a LPN. She
                                                                       graduated from Dalton College in 1990 with an Associate
                                         Connie Smith, RN              Degree in Nursing. She became certified through the
                                                                       ANCC in General Nursing in 1998. She is a member of the
                                                                       American Association of Occupational Health Nurses and
                                        is also a Red Cross CPR and First Aide Instructor.
                                        Prior to coming to work in Public Health, Connie worked at Shaw Industries as an Em-
                                        ployee Health Nurse; for the Regional Detention Center in Dalton as the Clinical Manager;
                                        and at Emory Neurosurgical Spine Center and Hamilton Medical Center in various roles.
                                        In October of 2004, Connie accepted a position in the Whitfield County Health
                                        Department’s Medical Access Clinic. Working in this primary care clinic, she found many
                                        challenges and rewards. To quote Connie: “The gratitude that patients have shown me has
                                        been the greatest reward for me. We often forget how fortunate we are to be able to work,
                                        have insurance, and provide for our families. Many of the patients that we care for are
                                        frequently in poverty and we are their only resource and hope for medical care. I chal-
                                        lenge everyone to daily put yourself in the patient’s shoes and to provide them quality,
                                        professional care regardless of their circumstance.”




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Honorary Member Nomination
Ted Holloway, MD
Retired
Waycross
Ted was appointed to the District Health Director position
in the Southeast Health Unit in 1974 by former State
Health Director, Dr. James W. Alley. This followed his
experiences in the Bolivian jungle where he set up clinics
in remote villages to provide basic health care services and
worked along-side Dr. Alley in making a dramatic impact
on the overall health of those communities.
                                                                Ted Holloway, MD
Creativity and innovation were Ted’s signatures. His
ingenuity brought the highest level of health care to his
community by his uncanny ability to stretch scant resources, implement new programs,
and fund them through various sources. Among the highlights was the DAISY youth
program, a local HIV/AIDS consortium, telemedicine consultations, and Perinatal Health
Partners, just to name a few.
Ted retired from Georgia Public Health two years ago, but his legacy will live on in
southeast Georgia.


Honorary Member Nomination
Rosemarie B. Newman
Retired
Silver Creek
Rosemarie Newman has been a vital part of public health
for over 25 years. She was instrumental in establishing the
WIC program in Northwest Georgia and has always worked
to advance the cause of public health in the state.
Rosemarie retired last year after dedicating her life service
to families in our community.
She continues her service as a board member for the Rome/ Rosemarie B. Newman
Floyd County Commission on Children and Youth, the local
area PACE club, and the State Maternal Child Health
Council. Rosemarie never leaves an opportunity unturned to forward the need of preven-
tion and education of the general public, as well as legislators, in regards to the work of
public health. She continues to be a real advocate for Public Health in Georgia.




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                                                                       Legislator of the Year
                                                                       Representative Jeff Brown
                                                                       Chairman of the Appropriations
                                                                       Health Sub-Committee
                                                                       House District 69
                                                                       LaGrange
                                                                       Because of his support of public health programs and
                                                                       making himself available to assist advocates on many issues
                                                                       relevant to the health of Georgians, the Georgia Public
                                                                       Health Association has named Representative Jeff Brown as
                                        Representative                 its 2006 Legislator of the Year.
                                        Jeff Brown                    Representative Jeff Brown serves District 69, covering
                                                                      Carroll, Heard and Troup Counties. First elected in 1994,
                                                                      Representative Brown is presently serving as Chairman of
                                        the Appropriations Health Sub-Committee. He also represents the needs of his constituents
                                        through his membership on the Rules, Ways & Means and Health & Human Services
                                        Committees.

                                        Prior to his holding office, Jeff attended several different Universities on his quest for
                                        knowledge. During his time at Temple University, he earned a Master’s in Education and
                                        was appointed to Psi Chi Honorary Psychology Society. His Bachelor’s in Political Science
                                        was from Ursinus College. Chairman Brown also participated in graduate courses at both
                                        Florida State University and University of California Los Angeles. He is a graduate of the
                                        Leadership Institute at the University of Georgia. In 2003 he was nominated and attended
                                        the Air War College.

                                        Since 1983, Representative Brown has served as the President of Comprehensive Search,
                                        which services include personnel search, supplying Employee Alternatives throughout
                                        North America, recruitment research, testing, reference/background checking, spousal
                                        assistance, and outplacement.

                                        His other outside interests include speaking at various local and national functions as well
                                        as writing articles on human resources issues. Brown is a member of the Rotary Interna-
                                        tional and has been appointed as a member of the LaGrange Industrial Development
                                        Authority, Hi Tech Task Force, West Point Lake Advisory Committee and West Georgia
                                        Technical College Foundation.




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The GlaxoSmithKline Child Health Recognition Awards
11:15 a.m. – Oglethorpe A-B-C-D
GlaxoSmithKline, one of the world’s leading research-based pharmaceutical and
healthcare companies, is committed to improving the quality of life by enabling people to
do more, feel better and live longer. As a part of this corporation’s commitment, the
company takes an active role in supporting community efforts in the areas of health and
human services, education, civic activities and the arts.
This is the ninth year that Georgia has been selected by the GlaxoSmithKline Foundation
to recognize our public health community and its outstanding child health programs. The
awards program is coordinated through the Task Force for Child Survival and Develop-
ment, affiliated with the Carter Center and Emory University. Former First Lady Rosalyn
Carter is the Honorary Chairperson for this event. The awards are offered in four levels of
nomination:
■   Lifetime Achievement Award            ■   Local Health Department Recognition Award
■   Individual Recognition Award          ■   Public Health Staff Recognition Award
The Georgia Public Health Association thanks the GlaxoSmithKline Foundation and the
Task Force for Child Survival and Development for the opportunity to have Georgian
individuals and programs recognized for innovating and exemplary child health initiatives.
The Foundation funds two $500.00 scholarships each year for GPHA to award to students
in advanced degree public health programs.

“Can Information Make a Difference in Child Health?”
Dr. David Ross directs the Public Health Informatics Institute, a program of the Task Force
for Child Survival and Development. Dr. Ross lectures in medical and public health
informatics at Emory University, is a Board member of the Public Health Data Standards
Consortium, is a member of the Institute of Medicine’s core committee for the evaluation
of the U.S. commitment to global HIV/AIDs (PEPFAR), and serves on advisory committees
for Morehouse University Medical School, Georgia State University’s Robison School of
Business and the Markle Foundation.
Dr. Ross received his doctoral degree in Operations Research and Applied Mathematics
from The Johns Hopkins University in 1980. Dave served as a hospital administrator in
both public and private hospitals.
In 1983 he joined the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) where his career
involved environmental health research, executive administration, and public health
practice. Dave retired at the rank of Captain from the U.S. Public Health Service in 1988.
In his career at CDC, Dr. Ross served as the founding director of the Information Network
for Public Health Officials (INPHO), a CDC initiative to improve the information infra-
structure throughout public health and the precursor to the current Public Health Informa-
tion Network (PHIN) initiative. In September 2002, Dave established the Public Health
Informatics Institute, with assistance of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. The Public
Health Informatics Institute assists the transformation and improvement of public health
information capabilities through collaborative efforts to define requirements for future
public health information systems and by convening public and private partnerships that
lead to improved public health capability.
The Institute presently serves as the national program office for the RWJF Common Ground
initiative, a national effort define the business processes and information requirements
needed to make every local and state health department more able to support major
community health challenges.
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                                                                                           Information Systems and
                                        Section Officers                                   Information Technology
                                                                                           Chair:           Colin K. Smith,
                                        Administration                                                      Georgia Division of
                                        Chair:           JoAnne Carter,                                     Public Health, Atlanta
                                                         Georgia Division of               Vice Chair:      Rick Vickers, South Health
                                                         Public Health, Atlanta                             District 8, Unit 1, Valdosta
                                        Vice Chair:      Debra Chapman,                    Secretary:       Jodi Reece, East Central Health
                                                         Georgia Division of                                District 6, Augusta
                                                         Public Health, Atlanta
                                                                                           Maternal and Child Health
                                        Secretary:       Debra Warwell,
                                                         Richmond County Health            Chair:           Eddie Towson, Georgia Division
                                                         Department, Augusta                                of Public Health, Atlanta
                                                                                           Vice Chair:      Vacant
                                        EMS/Emergency Preparedness                         Secretary:       Vacant
                                        Chair:           Calita S. Richards,
                                                         Georgia Division of               Medical/Dental
                                                         Public Health, Atlanta            Chair:           Grier Godfrey, D.M.D.
                                        Vice Chair:      Tamber Fuller,                                     Macon-Bibb County Health
                                                         West Central Health District 7,                    Department, Macon
                                                         Columbus                          Vice Chair:      Harold W. Pitts, M.D., J.D.
                                        Secretary:       Eric Figuoroa, Savannah                            North Georgia Health District 1,
                                                                                                            Unit 2, Dalton
                                        Epidemiology                                       Secretary:       Vacant
                                        Chair:           James Cope,
                                                         Georgia Division of Public        Nursing
                                                         Health, Atlanta                   Chair:           Cheryl Christie,
                                        Vice Chair:      Linda Allen-Johnson,                               Whitfield County Health
                                                         Georgia Division of Public                         Department, Dalton
                                                         Health, Atlanta                   Vice Chair:      Caminade Moscatiello,
                                        Secretary:       Ronnie Boone,                                      Georgia Department of Audits,
                                                         North Central Health                               Atlanta
                                                         District 5, Unit 2, Macon         Secretary:       Pat Townley,
                                                                                                            Floyd County Health
                                        Environmental Health                                                Department, Rome
                                        Chair:           R. Chris Rustin,
                                                         Chatham County Health             Nutrition
                                                         Department, Savannah              Chair:           Valeria M. Johnson,
                                        Vice Chair:      Gregory Harless,                                   Georgia Division of Public
                                                         Georgia Division of Public                         Health, Atlanta
                                                         Health, Atlanta                   Vice Chair:      Tonya Scott,
                                        Secretary:       Todd Jones, Georgia Division of                    LaGrange Health District 4,
                                                         Public Health, Atlanta                             LaGrange
                                                                                           Secretary:       Carlos Dees,
                                        Governance                                                          West Central Health District 7,
                                        Chair:           Anthony Emanuel                                    Columbus
                                        Vice Chair:      Lana Norman
                                                                                           Office Personnel
                                        Secretary:       John Williams
                                                                                           Chair:           Joyce Watkins-Epps,
                                        Health Education and Promotion                                      Richmond County Health
                                        Chair:           Jennifer Hartfield                                 Department, Augusta
                                        Vice Chair:      Vacant                            Vice Chair:      Diane Johnson,
                                                                                                            Richmond County Health
                                        Secretary:       LaTonja May                                        Department, Augusta
                                                                                           Secretary:       Regina King,
                                                                                                            North Central Health District 5,
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Section Meetings
Thursday, September 7, 2006
8:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.
Administration                                  Lamar A
Behavioral Health                               Walsh A
Health Information & Information Technologies   Lamar C
Laboratory                                      Hamilton A/B
Maternal Child Health                           Lamar B
Medical/Dental                                  Moody
Primary Health                                  Walsh B


9:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
EMS/Emergency Preparedness                      Walsh B
Environmental Health                            Hamilton A/B
Epidemiology                                    Moody
Governance                                      Walsh A
Health Education                                Lamar B
Nursing                                         Lamar C
Nutrition                                       Cumming
Office Personnel                                Lamar A




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                                        Standing Committee Chairs                  Special Committee Chairs
                                        Awards:       Margaret R. Bean             Exhibits:       Trish Southwell
                                                      Northwest Georgia                            Georgia Division of
                                                      Health District 1, Unit 1,                   Public Health, Atlanta
                                                      Rome
                                                                                                   Pam Thompson
                                        Bylaws:       E. Joseph Alderman                           Georgia Division of
                                                      Retired, Atlanta                             Public Health, Atlanta

                                        Career       James Cope                    Parliamentarian: E. Joseph Alderman
                                        Development: Georgia Division of                            Retired, Atlanta
                                                     Public Health, Atlanta
                                                                                   Registration:   Theresa Clark
                                        Finance:      Robert V. Taylor                             South Health District 8,
                                                      DeKalb County Board of                       Unit 1, Valdosta
                                                      Health, Chamblee
                                                                                   Webmaster:      B. McKinley Thomas
                                        Public        Gregory Fenno                                Mercer University, Macon
                                        Relations:    DeKalb County Board of
                                                      Health, Chamblee

                                        Membership:   Lynn Thafvelin
                                                      Georgia Division of
                                                      Public Health, Atlanta

                                        Memorials:    J. Ferrell Curlee
                                                      Retired, Lilburn

                                        Nominating:   J. Frederick Agel
                                                      Retired, Doraville

                                        Strategic     Rosemarie B. Newman
                                        Planning:     Retired, Silver Creek




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                                 1975   Myrtle Tomlin                1975 Dr. John Venable
Past Presidents                  1976   James F. O’Kelley                 Calvin Buchanan
                                 1977   Earl E. Long                 1976 T. O. Vinson, MD.
1929   J. D. Applewhite
                                 1978   Eugenia T. (Mickie) Mobley        Dr. Robert J. Walker
1930   H. L. Akridge
                                 1979   Laura E. Bramblett           1978 A. Faegin Parrish
1931   G. T. Crozier
                                 1980   Thomas W. McKinley                Laura E. Bramblett
1932   Eugene E. Murphey
                                 1981   J. David Smith                    Myrtle F. Tomlin
1933   B. V. Elmore, MD
                                 1982   E. Joseph Alderman, DDS,          John E. McCroan, Jr.,
1934   O. H. Cheek
                                        MPH                               PhD
1935   M. A. Fort
                                 1983   R. E. (Bodie) Adams          1984 David Clark
1936   Hugo Robinson
                                 1984   W. Douglas Skelton, MD            Louise Clark
1937   Hugo Robinson
                                 1985   James Mallory                1985 Wilbur D. Lundquist,
1938   C. O. Rainey                                                       MD
                                 1986   James W. Alley, MD
1939   W. W. Brown                                                   1986 Dr. William A. Mason
                                 1987   Bill Mahaffey
1940   S. C. Rutland                                                 1987 W. Douglas Skelton,
                                 1988   Audrey Hollingsworth,
1941   W. H. Weir                       MSN                               MD
1942   J. R. Evans               1989   Bobby C. Robbins             1988 Ruth B. Melber, MA
1943   J. E. Lester              1990   Donald K. Speaks             1989 Maggie M. Kline, MA
1944   J. E. Lester              1991   Janice Mooney                1990 Rex Poole
1945   E. J. Sunkes              1992   Jane C. Carr                 1991 Bill Mahaffey
1946   E. J. Sunkes              1993   Mark Trail                        Eugenia T. (Mickie)
1947   Abe J. Davis              1994   Margaret Bean, BSN, MS,           Mobley
1948   M. E. Winchester                 MN                           1992 Harry L. Carr
1949   C. A. Henderson           1995   Virginia Galvin, MD          1993 Dr. James C. Crutcher
1950   J. A. Thrash              1996   Dee Cantrell, PhD            1994 Dr. Norman B. Pursley
1951   C. D. Bowdoin             1997   Kathleen Miner, PhD               Audrey Hollingsworth,
1952   Bessie F. Swan            1998   Susan Butler, EdD                 MSN
1953   Joel C. Beall             1999   Janelle Knight, MSA          1996 Dr. Joseph Wilber
1954   C. S. Buchanan            2000   Ecleamus L. Ricks, MPH            Marie Edmondson
1955   J. G. Wiggins             2001   J. Paul Newell, MD           1997 Barbara Shurling
1956   Wilbur D. Lundquist, MD   2002   Lisa M. Carlson, MPH,        1998 E. Joseph Alderman,
1957   L. G. Lenert                     CHES                              DDS, MPH
1958   Ernest B. Davis           2003   Paul J. Wiesner, MD               Dee Cantrell, RNC,
                                                                          PhD
1959   J. F. Hackney, MD         2004   Lynne Feldman, MD, MPH
                                                                     1999 J. Margaret Park
1960   C. Dexter Kimsey          2005   William C. Fields, MBA
                                                                          Ecleamus L. Ricks, MPH
1961   T. O. Vinson, MD          2006   William C. Fields, MBA
                                                                     2000 Margaret Bean, BSN,
1962   Carl Fox
                                                                          MS, MN
1963   Dorothy Barfield          Honorary                                 Willene Smith
1964   A. Faegin Parrish
                                                                     2001 Patricia H. Southwell
1965   Hart S. Odom, MD          Members                             2002 Marie Dobbs Barnes
1966   William Johnson, DDS
                                                                          Russ Toal
1967   Mark R. Harbison          1950 Dr. Guy S. Lunsford
                                                                     2003 Pamela K. Thompson
1968   Thomas F. Gibson          1951 Mildred Selman
                                                                     2004 Nova Jane McCombs,
1969   Dixon R. Olive, Jr.            Charles Tinsley
                                                                          MSN
1970   John E. McCroan, PhD      1954 Dr. Herbert G. Schenck
                                                                          Carol C. Smith, RN,
1971   J. B. Eller               1955 Janie F. Morris                     BSN
1972   Norman Pursley, MD        1961 Louva F. Morris                2005 J. Paul Newell, MD
1973   David Wolf                1964 Thomas Fort Sellers, Sr., MD        Paul J. Wiesner, MD
1974   Rufus Davis               1965 Mayola S. Carter
                                 1966 Annie J. Taylor


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                                        Georgia Public Health Association, Inc. –
                                        Treasurer’s Report
                                        Statement of Assets, Liabilities and Equities
                                                                   Fiscal Year Ending June 30, 2006
                                                                                  ASSETS

                                        Current Assets:
                                            Bank of Coweta (Money Market)                                         $161,345.09
                                            Wachovia - Money Market                                                     10,100.36
                                            Wachovia - General Checking                                                  6,478.15
                                            Petty Cash                                                                    100.00


                                            TOTAL Current Assets                                                  $178,023.60
                                            TOTAL Assets                                                          $178,023.60


                                                                                LIABILITIES
                                            TOTAL Liabilities                                                                0.00


                                                                             FUND BALANCE
                                            Restricted - Healthcare Georgia Foundation                                     $0.00
                                            Restricted Funds - James Alley Fund                                     $14,908.32
                                            Restricted Funds - Jules S. Terry Foundation                            $26,477.04
                                            Restricted Funds - Sections                                             $17,964.17
                                            Unrestricted - Operating Fund                                          $118,674.07


                                            TOTAL Fund Balance                                                    $178,023.60


                                            TOTAL Liabilities and Fund Balance                                    $178,023.60



                                        Finance Committee:       Robert V. Taylor, Treasurer/Chair   Gregory Fenno
                                                                 Margaret Park, Ex Officio           Bill Fields
                                                                 Regina Abbott                       Trisha Southwell
                                                                 Margaret Bean                       Pam Thompson
                                                                 Robert Divito, Esq.                 Carolyn Wetzel



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Exhibitors
AAP, Georgia Chapter                         Instrument House
Axiom Corporation                            Jiann-Ping Hsu College of Public Health
Beijo Bags                                   Lasting Impressions
Center for Mass Destruction Defense          Magnolia Coastlands Area Health Education
                                             Center
Channing Bete Company, Inc.
                                             Medela, Inc.
DHR, Chronic Disease, Injury, and Environ-
mental Epidemiology Section                  Medical College of Georgia Alumni Asso-
                                             ciation
DHR/DPH Injury Prevention Section
                                             Mercer University School of Medicine
DHR Office of Health Information and
Policy                                       Merck Vaccine Division
DHR Office of Nursing                        Mitchell & McCormick, Inc.
Eggland’s Best/Specialty Eggs                Premier Marketing Group
Enterprise Community Healthy Start           Retractable Technologies
Program                                      Rollins School of Public Health at Emory
Georgia Department of Human Resources        University
Immunization Program                         School Health Corporation
Georgia Division of Public Health            School Nurse Supply, Inc.
Georgia Medical Care Foundation              SouthernLink Wireless
GlaxoSmithKline                              Teletask, Inc.
Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies Coalition    University of Georgia College of Public
of Georgia                                   Health
Hemophilia of Georgia                        University of North Carolina Institute for
Human Services Employees’ Credit Union       Public Health




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                                        General Conference Information
                                        Name Badges Should Be Worn At All Times           The Exhibit Team provides the opportunity
                                        The name badge indicates that you are             for you to win prizes by completing
                                        registered for the meeting. You are re-           “Bingo” cards. Visit our exhibitors, get your
                                        quested to wear this throughout the confer-       card stamped and place it in the “Bingo”
                                        ence. Ribbons for name badges can be              box. Prizes will be awarded throughout the
                                        obtained at the Information Desk.                 Annual Meeting & Conference. Please
                                                                                          consult the Conference Schedule for prize
                                        Registration Desk                                 drawing times. You must be present to win
                                                                                          at all drawings.
                                        All conference participants will receive
                                        conference materials and name badges at
                                                                                          Silent Auction
                                        the Registration Desk located in the Confer-
                                        ence Center Lobby, directly across from the       The Silent Auction is located in the Terrace
                                        Oglethorpe Ballrooms.                             Lounge. Please visit the auction to bid on
                                                                                          items, and by doing so, contribute to the
                                        Information/CEU Desk                              James W. Alley Memorial Fund. Bidding
                                                                                          will take place beginning at 3:00 p.m. on
                                        The Information/CEU Desk is located in the
                                                                                          Tuesday, September 5 and the final bids will
                                        Conference Center Lobby, directly across
                                                                                          be taken at 12:00 p.m. on Thursday,
                                        from the Oglethorpe Ballrooms. Please
                                                                                          September 7. Successful bidders will be
                                        direct any questions regarding the meeting
                                                                                          posted at 1:15 p.m. at the Information
                                        to the individuals at this desk. Name badge
                                                                                          Desk. Payments may be made by cash,
                                        ribbons and CEU applications may be
                                                                                          check, VISA or MasterCard. Items not
                                        picked up here. A message board will be set
                                                                                          claimed by 3:00 p.m. will revert to the next
                                        up at the Information Desk.
                                                                                          highest bidder.
                                        Registration and Information Desk Hours
                                                                                          Poster Presentations
                                        Tuesday, Sept. 5, 2006: 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
                                                                                          We are grateful to the Enterprise Commu-
                                        Wednesday, Sept. 6, 2006: 7:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.   nity Healthy Start Program of MCG Heath,
                                        Thursday, Sept. 7, 2006: 7:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.   Inc., and the Medical College of Georgia
                                                                                          for sponsoring our Poster Presentations.
                                        Friday, Sept. 8, 2006: 8:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.     These presentations will be posted through-
                                                                                          out the Conference Center, and you are
                                        Exhibitors                                        encouraged to visit them. Presenters will be
                                        Exhibitors may check in with the Exhibit          available on Wednesday, September 6 from
                                        Team outside of the Estes Exhibit Hall            8:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m., immediately prior
                                        (Riverside).                                      to the Opening Plenary Session.

                                        Exhibit Hall Hours                                Workshop Schedule
                                        Exhibits are located in the Estes Exhibit Hall    Workshops are scheduled on Wednesday
                                        and Plaza Prefunction Area. Exhibitors are a      and Thursday afternoons. Each session is 90
                                        vital part of the GPHA Annual Meeting &           minutes in length. Presentations within
                                        Conference. You are encouraged to visit           each session run between 45 or 90 minutes
                                        each booth, talk with exhibitors, review          in length. Please note the subject matter for
                                        their products and/or services and gain new       each session listed under the workshops
                                        ideas for your work.                              descriptions on pages 12-22.
                                        Tuesday, Sept. 5, 2006: 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
                                        Wednesday, Sept. 6, 2006: 7:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
                                        Thursday, Sept. 7, 2006: 7:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.


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                lendar!
         Your Ca
    Mark                                          For the 78th Meeting &
                                                    Annual Conference
                                                           of the
                                                  Georgia Public Health
                                                        Association
                                                   September 4-7, 2007
                                               Savannah Marriott Riverfront
                                                    Savannah, Georgia

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                                                                        BYLAWS
                                                                          OF
                                                     “THE GEORGIA PUBLIC HEALTH ASSOCIATION, INC.”

                                                                                     ARTICLE I
                                                                                      NAME
                                        Section 1.             The name of this Association incorporated under the laws of Georgia shall be
                                                               “The Georgia Public Health Association, Inc.”, hereinafter referred to as “The
                                                               Association”.
                                        Section 2.             The Association shall be an affiliate of the American Public Health
                                                               Association, and the Southern Health Association.
                                        Section 3.             The Registered Office and Registered Agent of the Association shall continue as
                                                               fixed in the Articles of Incorporation until changed by the Executive Board.

                                                                                     ARTICLE II
                                                                                     PURPOSE
                                        The Association is a non-profit corporation and is organized for the purpose of promoting the public
                                        and personal health of the citizens of Georgia. The Association has a 501(c)3 designation from the IRS.
                                        The Association will provide scientific and educational opportunities for members and the public, and
                                        act as liaison to the General Assembly of Georgia and other governmental agencies on major public
                                        health issues.

                                                                                    ARTICLE III
                                                                                   MEMBERSHIP
                                        Section 1.             The membership shall be of eight classes: Active, Fellow, Student,
                                                               Organizational, Board of Health, Contributing, Retiree and Honorary.
                                        Section 2.             An active member is one interested in public health, who pays active
                                                               membership dues.
                                        Section 3.             An active member may list one Section as the Primary Section. Section
                                                               membership assignment and transfer of memberships to other Sections may
                                                               be made only upon written requests. A secondary member is one who is
                                                               interested in a Section, and may list any additional Section(s) as Secondary
                                                               Section(s).
                                        Section 4.             A fellow member is one interested in public health, who applies for and is
                                                               elected to fellowship by the Executive Board and who pays fellowship dues.
                                        Section 5.             A student member is one enrolled in a formal training program in preparation
                                                               for a health career, is eligible for membership in a student chapter and who
                                                               pays student membership dues. A student member, while paying active
                                                               membership dues in the Section(s), may vote in all listed Primary and
                                                               Secondary Section(s).
                                        Section 6.             An organizational member is an official governmental, public or non-profit
                                                               agency or organization interested in public health, which pays organizational
                                                               membership dues, and its designated five (5) members may cast one vote each.
                                        Section 7.             Board of Health members are members of specific local Boards of Health,
                                                               which pays Board of Health dues, and its designated seven (7) members may
                                                               cast one vote each.
                                        Section 8.             A contributing member is a for-profit corporation or partnership interested in
                                                               public health which pays contributing membership dues, and only its
                                                               designated agent may cast its one vote.


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Section 9.    A retiree member is one who has established at least five years of regular paid
              membership and has subsequently retired from his or her primary occupation
              and who pays retiree membership dues.
Section 10.   An honorary member is one upon whom such membership is conferred.
              Service to the cause of public health entitling such special recognition shall
              establish eligibility for election to honorary membership. Members may submit
              nominations along with justification to the Chairperson of the
              Membership Committee. Nominations are accepted according to a time frame
              established by the Membership Committee allowing the Executive Board to
              approve the nominees three months in advance of the annual meeting. Upon
              recommendation of the Membership Committee and endorsement by the
              Executive Board not more than two nominees may be presented for election by
              the membership at the annual meeting.
Section 11.   Membership shall be designated in one or more Sections as hereinafter
              provided. Section membership assignment and transfer of memberships to
              other Sections may be made only upon written requests. A member, while
              paying active membership dues in the Section(s), may vote in all listed Primary
              and Secondary Section(s).
Section 12.   The Executive Board shall define requirements for membership for all classes
              not otherwise specified.
Section 13.   The Executive Board shall establish dues for all classes of membership and
              each secondary section affiliation, except that an honorary member shall not
              be required to pay dues. Further, membership dues for a retiree member shall
              be one-half that for active membership. Cost of annual meeting registration for
              a retiree member shall be set at one-half that for an active member. The
              Executive Board may set a fee for multiple Section memberships. Annual dues
              are due and payable one year from the date each individual pays their dues.
Section 14.   The fiscal year of the Association shall be July 1 - June 30.

                                    ARTICLE IV
                                    SECTIONS
Section 1.    The Association shall consist of Sections namely: Administration, Behavioral
              Health, Emergency Medical Services and Emergency Preparedness, Environ-
              mental Health, Epidemiology, Governance, Health Education and Promotion,
              Health Information and Information Technology, Laboratory, Maternal and
              Child Health, Medical-Dental, Nursing, Nutrition, Office Personnel, and
              Primary Health Care.
Section 2.    Upon the recommendation of the Executive Board, new Sections may be
              authorized and existing Sections may be combined or discontinued by the
              Association at any annual meeting; provided, such a request, petition or
              proposal has been signed by at least 15 members and submitted to the
              Executive Board at least three months prior to the opening of the First Session
              of the next annual meeting.
Section 3.    The Membership Committee will review Sections with fewer than 15 members,
              and recommend inactivation to the Executive Board. At least 15 members may
              request a review of the inactivated Section by the Membership Committee. The
              Membership Committee will review and recommend that the Executive Board
              reactivate the inactivated Section. Majority vote of the Executive Board will
              authorize reactivation of the Section.
Section 4.    Section Bylaws, a copy of which shall be filed with the Association. Section
              Bylaws shall not be in conflict with the Association Bylaws.




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                                        Section 5.            Each Section shall elect a chairperson, vice chairperson, and secretary at or no
                                                              more than three months prior to the annual meeting. Election shall be by a
                                                              written ballot or electronically. If electronically, notice of election and nomina-
                                                              tion slate must be given to all Section members paying active membership dues
                                                              in the Section, not less than 15 days prior to the time set for the closing of the
                                                              polls. Notice may be communicated in person, by telephone, U. S. Mail,
                                                              Electronic Mail, Telegraph, Telegram or posted on the Association Web site.
                                                              After elections, the Chairperson shall immediately transmit the names to the
                                                              Association Secretary. Section officers must be in “active membership” status at
                                                              the time of their election.

                                                                                  ARTICLE V
                                                                              STUDENT CHAPTERS
                                        The purpose of the GPHA student chapter is to enhance the professional development of students
                                        majoring in the health-related field. Students will assist in the preparation of GPHA documents,
                                        participate in GPHA-sponsored activities, including the annual meeting, workshops, and student
                                        forums, and have the opportunity to present scholarly work. Membership in the GPHA student chapter
                                        also includes access to possible internship programs. The student chapter shall be called SGPHA
                                        (Student Chapters Georgia Public Health Association). The Chairperson of the Career Development
                                        committee shall have oversight of student chapters.
                                        Section 1.            A student member is one who is enrolled in a formal training program at a
                                                              college/university in preparation for a career as a health professional and who
                                                              pays student membership dues.
                                        Section 2.            A student chapter will have a designated faculty advisor and have an organiza-
                                                              tional charter. The charter must be submitted to the appropriate administrator
                                                              responsible for student organizations at the college/university.
                                        Section 3.            The student chapter must have written Bylaws approved by GPHA that
                                                              designates officer functions. Officers shall include President, Vice President,
                                                              and Secretary/Treasurer.
                                        Section 4.            SGPHA must meet a minimum of twice a year, including at the annual meeting.
                                                              All SGPHA members are members of GPHA.
                                        Section 5.            SGPHA shall provide professional development and mentoring opportunities
                                                              though participation in GPHA sponsored activities, including a student forum
                                                              to present scholarly work and assisting in preparing GPHA documents.
                                        Section 6.            Student members shall not be eligible to hold office except for the voting
                                                              privilege provided to the SGPHA representative to the GPHA Executive Board.
                                                              The representative must be a member of the SGPHA and GPHA. The SGPHA
                                                              representative shall be elected at or prior to the GPHA annual meeting.
                                                              Nomination of the SGPHA representative, who has membership of SGPHA and
                                                              GPHA, and agreement to serve, will be rotated annually among active SGPHAs
                                                              starting alphabetically. The nomination shall be received by the Executive
                                                              Director at least thirty days prior to voting at a time set by the Executive Board.
                                                              Election of the SGPHA representative shall be by a written ballot or electroni-
                                                              cally.

                                                                                    ARTICLE VI
                                                                                    OFFICERS
                                        Section 1.            The Officers of the Association shall be President, President-Elect, Vice-
                                                              President, Secretary, Treasurer, Representatives to the Governing Council of the
                                                              American Public Health Association, and the Southern Health Association, and
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Section 2.   Election of officers shall be at each annual meeting by a written ballot at a time
             set by the Executive Board and officers shall serve from adjournment for one
             year or until successors are elected. No elected officer of GPHA may serve in
             the same elected capacity for more than three terms. The remaining Executive
             Board shall fill vacancies.
Section 3.   In the event of a vacancy, the succession of officers will be: President Elect to
             President, Vice President to President-Elect All other vacancies will be filled by
             a vote of the Executive Board.
Section 4.   The Officers shall perform the duties prescribed by these Bylaws, the parlia-
             mentary authority adopted by the Association, and the Executive Board. The
             Representatives to the Governing Council of the American Public Health
             Association (APHA) and the Southern Health Association (SHA) shall represent
             the Association at meetings of the Governing Councils of APHA and SHA.

                                ARTICLE VII
                            EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
Section 1.   The Executive Director shall be hired and removed by the President with the
             approval of the majority of the Executive Board. Day to day supervision and
             annual performance evaluation shall be performed by the President.

                               ARTICLE VIII
                          ASSOCIATION MEETINGS
Section 1.   An annual meeting of members and Sections shall be convened at a location
             and on dates selected by the Executive Board.
Section 2.   A special meeting shall be convened upon receipt of a petition signed by not
             less than five percent of the active members. The President with the approval of
             the Executive Board may call a special meeting provided the items for business
             to be considered shall be specified. Members shall be notified of any special
             meeting at least 15 days prior to the meeting either by postal mail or electronic
             mail.
Section 3.   Whenever these Bylaws require notice to be given such notice shall be in
             writing unless oral notice is reasonable under the circumstances. Notice
             may be communicated in person, by telephone, U. S. Mail, Electronic
             Mail, Telegraph or Telegram. Written notice is effective at the earliest of
             the following:
             a.   When received or when delivered, properly addressed, to the addressee’s
                  last known address as maintained by the Secretary;
             b.   Five days after its deposit in the U. S Mail, as evidenced by the postmark if
                  mailed with first class postage prepaid and correctly addressed or;
             c.   On the date shown on the return receipt, if sent by registered or certified
                  mail, return receipt requested, and the receipt is signed by or on behalf of
                  the addressee.
Section 4.   Fifty or more members, at least two of who are officers, shall constitute a
             quorum.




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                                                                        ARTICLE IX
                                                                     EXECUTIVE BOARD
                                        Section 1.   Subject to all applicable law, the Articles of Incorporation, and these Bylaws,
                                                     the management of the affairs and business of the Association shall be vested in
                                                     the Executive Board, which shall have and may exercise all the powers that
                                                     may be exercised or performed by the Association, except as otherwise
                                                     provided by these Bylaws, the Articles, applicable law or any such agreement.
                                        Section 2.   The Executive Board shall consist of the Officers of the Association, the
                                                     immediate Past-President, the Chairperson of each Section, and the SGPHA
                                                     representative to the GPHA Executive Board.
                                        Section 3.   The Association officers shall serve in the same capacity within the
                                                     Executive Board.
                                        Section 4.   The Executive Board shall meet on call of the President or any five members
                                                     and will meet at least four times per year.
                                        Section 5.   A quorum of the Executive Board consists of a majority provided the President,
                                                     Vice-President or Secretary is in attendance.
                                        Section 6.   Duties of the Executive Board shall include the following:
                                                     a.   Act for and manage the affairs of the Association between meetings.
                                                     b.   Establish and monitor the Association budget and designate depository.
                                                     c.   Establish and maintain policy guidelines.
                                                     d.   Endorse nominees for honorary membership.
                                                     e.   Receive requests and consider Section establishment or change.
                                                     f.   Select and approve locations and dates for meetings.
                                                     g.   Consider and make recommendations on all Association Resolutions and
                                                          Bylaws Amendments.
                                                     h.   Enforce Bylaws
                                                     i.   Approve publications sponsored by the Association and materials distrib-
                                                          uted at any meeting.
                                                     j.   Report all actions through minutes.
                                                     k.   Serve as the Program Committee, with Vice-President serving as
                                                          chairperson.
                                                     l.   Approve employment and remuneration.
                                        Section 7.   The President, President-Elect, Vice-President, Secretary, and Treasurer shall
                                                     constitute an Executive Committee and shall act for and manage the affairs of
                                                     the Executive Board between meetings.
                                        Section 8.   The seal of the Association shall be in such form as the Executive Board may
                                                     determine. In the event it is inconvenient to use such a seal at any time, the
                                                     signature with the words “Georgia Public Health Association, Inc., A Non-profit
                                                     Corporation”, followed by the word “Seal”, enclosed in parentheses shall be
                                                     deemed the seal of the Association. The seal shall be in the custody of the
                                                     Secretary or maintained at the Executive Office and affixed on such papers as
                                                     may be directed by law, these Bylaws, the Executive Board or the President.




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                                  ARTICLE X
                                 COMMITTEES
Section 1.   Standing Committees of the Association shall be Bylaws, Career Development,
             Finance, Marketing and Publicity, Membership, Memorials, Nominations,
             Policy and Advocacy, and Strategic Planning.
             1.   Awards Committee
                  The Chairperson shall appoint the members with the approval of the
                  President.
                  Charge: Establish requirements and procedures concerning the Awards
                  Program; evaluate annually the Awards Program and make recommenda-
                  tions for improvement; monitor the progress of the Awards Program
                  throughout the year; review and approve all newly proposed awards and
                  submit to the Executive Board for approval, if applicable; and facilitate
                  recognition of the membership for best practices and public health
                  leadership.
             2.   Bylaws Committee
                  Charge: Make changes or revisions in the Constitution and Bylaws when
                  directed by the Executive Committee or Board of Directors. Ensure time
                  limits are followed under Article XI: Amendment.
             3.   Career Development
                  The Chairperson of the Career Development committee shall have
                  oversight of the GPHA student chapters, SGPHA, to enhance the profes-
                  sional development of students majoring in the health-related field.
                  Charge: Ensure continuing education programs and appropriate credits are
                  available for Association meetings, and are GPHA advisory to SGPHA.
             4.   Finance Committee
                  Charge: Prepare the annual budget in conjunction with the Treasurer for
                  review and approval 30 days prior to the annual meeting, be responsible
                  for fundraising and recruitment of sponsors for Association activities and
                  events, review and recommend to the Executive Board concerning
                  fundraising or recruitment of sponsors, by Sections, Committees or
                  members, and provide for an annual audit of the fiscal records as main-
                  tained by the Treasurer.
             5.   Marketing and Publicity Committee:
                  Charge: To design and develop GPHA printed materials to use with the
                  general membership; to design and develop an appropriate exhibit for
                  GPHA to use with other professional groups, local public health events,
                  and as a marketing tool; the Committee shall meet annually with the
                  Executive Director to develop a schedule of required changes for GPHA
                  printed materials to propose a budget for printing and to obtain Executive
                  Board approval; the Marketing and Publicity Committee shall be respon-
                  sible along with the Executive Director for arranging appropriate news
                  releases regarding all GPHA events, recognition of award winners, and
                  local publicity during the Annual Conference.
             6.   Membership Committee:
                  Each Section Secretary shall serve on the Membership Committee. Should
                  a Section Secretary be unable to serve, the respective Section Chairperson
                  shall appoint another Section representative to serve.
                  Charge: Conduct annual membership drive; recommend honorary
                  membership, submitted not less than three months prior to the annual

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                                                          meeting, to the Executive Board for endorsement, and recommend
                                                          inactivation and reactivation of Sections to the Executive Board for
                                                          approval.
                                                     7.   Memorials Committee
                                                          Charge: Prepare a list of past and present members of the Association who
                                                          have died since the last Annual Meeting. Present report at the Annual
                                                          Meeting of the Association.
                                                     8.   Nominating Committee
                                                          The Nominating Committee shall consist of the President-Elect, three (3)
                                                          Executive Board members selected by the President, and two (2) past-
                                                          presidents. The President-Elect shall serve as Chairperson.
                                                          Charge: The Committee shall solicit nominations for elective office from
                                                          the general membership in active status of GPHA. The Committee shall
                                                          select from the nominations the slate of officers and secure their agreement
                                                          to serve. The Committee shall present to the Secretary at least thirty days
                                                          prior to the opening of the First General Session of the next annual
                                                          meeting a nominee for each office to be filled. Officers of the Association
                                                          are required to hold membership in GPHA for a period of three years prior
                                                          to their nomination for election.
                                                     8.   Policy and Advocacy Committee:
                                                          The two Representatives at Large will Co-Chair the Policy and Advocacy
                                                          Committee. The President will appoint one the Co- Chair responsible
                                                          for resolutions and position papers, and the other Co-Chair responsible for
                                                          advocacy and publications. At least three other members will be
                                                          appointed by the President. The President will appoint the overall
                                                          Chairperson.
                                                          Charge: Develop an Association policy on the development of resolutions
                                                          and position papers including an action plan, maintain a list of current
                                                          Association resolutions and policies with any recommendations for
                                                          changes or modifications, and develop recommendations concerning
                                                          local, state, or federal activities, for advocacy or legislation that effect
                                                          public health, and other related areas for Association Board approval
                                                          and action.
                                                     9.   Strategic Planning Committee:
                                                          Charge: Review and revise the Strategic Plan annually soliciting input from
                                                          the Executive Board in conjunction with the annual planning
                                                          retreat; prepare revisions for presentation and adoption at the annual
                                                          meeting; maintain and monitor the progress of the Strategic Plan
                                                          throughout the year; provide progress reports at Executive Board
                                                          meetings when appropriate.
                                        Section 2.   Standing Committees shall be appointed by the President subject to approval
                                                     by the Executive Board and shall serve for one year.
                                        Section 3.   Each committee shall consist of at least three members unless otherwise
                                                     prescribed. Committee rosters shall be completed by one month following the
                                                     close of the Annual Meeting or during the Annual Board Retreat.
                                        Section 4.   Each committee shall be responsible for and perform the usual duties
                                                     implied by the title as well as those prescribed by these Bylaws, the
                                                     parliamentary authority and the Executive Board. The Chairperson of the
                                                     Career Development committee shall have oversight of chapters.
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                                   ARTICLE XI
                                    AWARDS
Section 1.   The Awards Program of the Association shall include the Awards for recogni-
             tion and an Annual Awards Luncheon. The Awards Committee shall establish
             requirements, procedures, and any changes concerning the Awards Program,
             and submit to the Executive Board for approval, if applicable. It is recom-
             mended that the recipients be members of the Association, if possible.
Section 2.   There are two types of awards: Legacy and Section.
             a.   Legacy Awards: Legacy Awards include the two Association Awards and
                  one historical award from each Section.
                    1)    The Association Legacy Awards are the Al Dohany Award for
                          Community Service and the Jules S. Terry Memorial Award.
                    2)    Legacy Section Historical Awards include: Environmentalist of the
                          Year (Environmental Health), Georgia Dental Public Health Award
                          of Merit (Medical-Dental); Governance Section Award (Gover-
                          nance); Janet Stancliff Award (Epidemiology); Kathy Miner Award
                          – Health Education and Promotion Award of the Year (Health
                          Education and Promotion); Larry W. Miller Health Information
                          Specialist of the Year (Health Information and Information
                          Technology); Maggie Kline Award (Nursing); Maternal and Child
                          Health Community Service Award (Maternal and Child Health);
                          Behavioral Health Worker of the Year (Behavioral Health); Office
                          Personnel Outstanding Service Award (Office Personnel); Primary
                          Health Care Leadership Award (Primary Health Care); and
                          Rosemarie B. Newman Nutrition Extra Mile Award (Nutrition).
             b.   Section Awards: Each Section will have the opportunity to establish
                  awards to be given by the Section. Criteria for this award will be standard
                  for all Association awards and nomination criteria will be the responsibility
                  of the Section to determine. New awards must be submitted according to a
                  time frame established by the Awards Committee for review and recom-
                  mendation for the Executive Board to accept or reject the award three
                  months in advance of the annual meeting.
                    1)    Section Awards are awards given by the Section for recognition
                          during Section events.
                    2)    The establishment of new awards must be submitted according to
                          a time frame established by the Awards Committee for review and
                          recommendation for the Executive Board to accept or reject the
                          awards three months in advance of the next annual meeting.
Section 3.   All awards must either be endowed by a special fund, person or Section unless
             the Executive Board establishes a special award for exceptional service to the
             Association. Each Section may establish a Legacy Section Award if one is not
             listed under Section 2. a. 2) Legacy Section Historical Awards.
Section 4.   The Honorary Member election is recommended by the Membership Committee,
             accepted by the Executive Board, and voted on by the full membership present at
             the annual meeting. (See Article III, Membership, Section 10.)
Section 5.   The Legislator of the Year Award(s) are recommended and approved by the
             Executive Board and given for special support of health care and public health
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                                                                                ARTICLE XII
                                                                         PARLIAMENTARY AUTHORITY
                                        The rules contained in the current edition of Robert’s Rules of Order Newly Revised shall govern the
                                        Association in all cases in which they are applicable, and in which they are not inconsistent with these
                                        Bylaws and any special rules or orders in the Association may adopt.

                                                                                   ARTICLE XIII
                                                                                   AMENDMENT
                                        Section 1.             These Bylaws may be amended by the affirmative vote of two-thirds of the
                                                               members present and voting at any annual meeting, provided the proposed
                                                               amendment has been given in writing to the Secretary to be transmitted to the
                                                               Executive Board for its recommendation not less than three months prior to the
                                                               annual meeting. An Executive Board approved proposed amendment shall be
                                                               set in writing by the Secretary to the members, and posted on the Association
                                                               Web site not less than 15 days prior to the annual meeting. The Bylaws also
                                                               will be printed in the Annual Meeting program.
                                        Section 2.             Whenever these Bylaws require notice to be given, such notice shall be in
                                                               writing unless oral notice is reasonable under the circumstances. Notice may
                                                               be communicated in person, by telephone, U.S. Mail, Electronic Mail, Tele-
                                                               graph, Telegram, or posted on the Association Web site.
                                        Section 3.             These Bylaws also may be amended by the affirmative signed ballot vote of a
                                                               majority of at least 50 members provided the proposed amendment has been
                                                               given in writing to the Secretary to be transmitted to the Executive Board for
                                                               recommendation. Any such Executive Board approved proposed amendment
                                                               shall be sent in writing by the Secretary along with a ballot to members not less
                                                               than 15 days prior to the time set for the closing of the polls.


                                        Section 4.             These Bylaws also may be amended at any annual meeting without previous
                                                               notice by the affirmative vote of a majority of the total membership.

                                        ADOPTED May 23, 1984
                                        Last amended: Approved by Membership December 16, 2005




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                                        Retired Executive Director Recognition




                                        Margaret Park (center) is presented with a memento of thanks from the Board of Directors
                                        for her six years of service as GPHA executive director. Making the presentation are
                                        GPHA President William C. Fields (left) and President-elect J. Frederick Agel (right).




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