Cobb & Douglas Public Health (CDPH) celebrated the grand opening of the Acworth-Kennesaw Public Health Center on Wednesday. The ribbon cutting celebration was attended by local and state elected officials and community leaders, including Cobb County Commissioner Bob Weatherford, Acworth Mayor Tommy Allegood, Kennesaw Mayor Derek Easterling, and Cobb Board of Health Chairman Dr. Carol Holtz.
The new Acworth-Kennesaw Public Health Center will provide improved access and service quality for residents visiting programs such as Women, Infant and Child Nutrition (WIC), Family Planning, Adult Health, International Travel Health, and Immunizations. This is the second new public health center opened by Cobb & Douglas Public Health this year, following the recent opening of the Smyrna Public Health Center located on South Cobb Drive.
Dr. Carol Holtz recognized the need in the Acworth and Kennesaw areas for additional clinical services. “I am thrilled that we have been able to expand these services for our north Cobb community and make those services and our WIC clinic more accessible to our patients,” said Dr. Holtz. “The beauty and commitment of this center demonstrates our respect and care for our residents.”
Cobb Commissioner Bob Weatherford mentioned the Special Local Option Sales Tax (SPLOST) program, which provided the primary funding for this building renovation. Additional financial support came from the USDA and State WIC Office, Cobb & Douglas Public Health and the City of Kennesaw. He also mentioned the quality of life in Cobb County. “Public Health has a lot of components and I appreciate all that Cobb & Douglas Public Health does for our communities,” said Weatherford. “It creates a quality of life we all have come to enjoy.”
Acworth Mayor Tommy Allegood described how the new health center benefits the residents of both Acworth and Kennesaw. “As we think about the mission of Cobb & Douglas Public Health, they make a promise to promote and protect our communities,” he said. “We are very proud and excited to have this great resource. This is a perfect location with a beautiful facility and expert staff to better serve our residents.”
Kennesaw Mayor Derek Easterling provided insight into the role Cobb & Douglas Public Health will play regarding long-term public health goals for the city. “Through our partnership with public health, we achieved a Fit City designation a few years ago and expanded our Smoke Free Ordinance,” he said. “Our City has made health and wellness a priority over the last several years, so we are particularly pleased to welcome public health to this new location.”
The Acworth-Kennesaw Public Health Center is located at:
3810 Old 41 Highway NW
Kennesaw, Georgia 30144
For more information, visit www.cobbanddouglaspublichealth.org or call (770) 974-3330.
About Cobb & Douglas Public Health
Since 1920, Cobb & Douglas Public Health, with our partners, promotes and protects the health and safety of the residents of Cobb and Douglas counties. We work to achieve healthy people in healthy communities by: Preventing epidemics and spread of disease; Protecting against environmental hazards; Preventing injuries; Promoting and encouraging healthy behaviors; Responding to disasters and assisting in community recovery; Assuring the quality and accessibility of health care. By excelling at our core responsibilities, we will assist our residents in living healthier, longer and more rewarding lives.