Health Promotion Programs provide health education programs and work with partners using population-based practices to impact the health of the community in an effort to change policies and the environment in which we live to improve the health of children and adults.
Mission: To reduce the burden of asthma and improve the health and quality of life for all persons affected by asthma through effective control of the disease.
Asthma is the most common chronic childhood disease and it’s prevalence among children has increased so much in the past 15 years that asthma is now considered to be a national epidemic. Asthma impacts the lives and families of 497,000 (11%) of Georgia’s children.
The CDPH Chronic Disease & Injury Prevention Program partners with elementary schools and childcare centers to implement Asthma-friendly school policies. To ensure that asthma management starts early, the Georgia Asthma Management Education in Childcare Settings (GAMES C-S) curriculum is implemented in child care centers in both Cobb and Douglas Counties, through partnership with the Georgia Asthma Control Program. If you are interested in becoming a certified trainer to help educate others, please call our office at 770-432-7937.
Tobacco Use Prevention:
Mission: To reduce tobacco and other drug use and abuse across the lifespan through increased evidence-based, population focused services and programs.
In the United States, tobacco use is responsible for nearly 1 in 5 deaths (about 480,000 early deaths each year). Tobacco use is associated with illness and death related to heart disease, stroke, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, low birth weight, sudden infant death syndrome, and fire. Each year secondhand smoke causes about 42,000 deaths from heart disease in people who are not current smokers.
*Source: Cancer Facts & Figures, 2014 and US Surgeon General Report 2014
The American Cancer Society’s Freshstart program is designed to help participants stop smoking by providing them with all of the essential information and strategies needed to direct their own efforts at stopping. The program focuses on an active pragmatic approach to quitting smoking through active participation and group support. Participants are encouraged to apply what they learn in Freshstart to other aspects of their lives.
Freshstart has been successful because of its unique setup. The Freshstart program consists of four one-hour group sessions that take place twice weekly over a two-week period. Studies have demonstrated that a program of this length will yield as many successful ex-smokers (assessed on a long-term basis) as will a longer program stretched out over many weeks.
Phase 1: Individual Attention -Understanding How and Why
Phase 2: Strategies and Information- Mastering the First Few Days
Phase 3: Review and Discussion- Mastering Obstacles
Phase 4: Assignments- Staying Quit and Enjoying It Forever
For more information, please visit www.cancer.org
Free Nicotine Replacement Therapy: Help to Quit Smoking Now Available Statewide
Free Nicotine Replacement Therapy for Uninsured Adults in Georgia
The Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH) is expanding its efforts to help Georgians quit smoking and stop using tobacco products. Beginning today, with grant money from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Lastly, the Georgia Tobacco Use Prevention Program is making available, free of charge, nicotine replacement therapy in the form of 4 weeks of the patch or 4 weeks of the gum. In order to secure the patch or gum, contact the Georgia Tobacco Quit Line at 1-877-270-STOP (7867). Visit our web site at http://dph.georgia.gov/ready-quit