Welcome to the Cobb and Douglas Public Health (CDPH) Speakers Bureau— the easiest way to request a lecturer, keynote speaker or other special appearance by a member of our team. Below is a list and description of each of the topics that we regularly speak on.

To request a speaker, please complete our online form and we will follow up with you.

Cobb & Douglas Public Health Speaker’s Bureau Topics

What is Public Health?
Public health is the science of protecting and improving the health of families, communities and, ultimately, entire populations through promotion of healthy lifestyles, research for disease and injury prevention and detection and control of infectious diseases. In this presentation, you’ll learn how Cobb & Douglas Public Health (CDPH) has been protecting the health of our community and beyond since 1920.

Depending on the needs of your group, this topic can be modified to address one of these sub topics: What is Public Health, Cobb & Douglas Public Health’s Important Role in the Community, or Public Health – How It Touches Everyone’s Lives.

How Healthy Are We? (Cobb and/or Douglas)
Cobb & Douglas Public Health assesses the health and wellness of its residents every year, reporting on leading health issues and trends affecting the residents of both Cobb and Douglas counties. In this presentation, learn about why heart and cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death in adults in Cobb County, the U.S. and the world and what you can do to prevent it. You’ll also learn about childhood obesity, a growing epidemic in our county that compounds the health threat of cardio-vascular diseases.

This presentation can be customized for Cobb county, Douglas county or both.

Healthy Behaviors
In this presentation, customized for your group, learn about the many facets of CDPH’s health outreach. By encouraging the residents of the community to adopt healthier lifestyles, we offer information about balanced nutrition, regular exercise and preventative care. We also offer program templates for initiatives that can be implemented in any workplace, including a tobacco-free work environment, activity breaks, and healthy workplace food options. This topic can be modified to focus on How to adopt a Healthier Lifestyle or Community & Employer Health & Wellness.

Cobb 2020/Live Healthy Douglas: Working for a Healthier Cobb/Douglas
Designed as partnerships to facilitate and oversee the use of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention‘s (CDC) Community Transformation Grant, Cobb 2020 and Live Healthy Douglas focus on organizing community agencies and individuals dedicated to promoting healthier lifestyles and the delivery of health services in these counties. Find out how this initiative improves the lives of our residents by providing support for critical public health programs.

Don’t Leave Home Without Them – Why Travel Vaccines Are a Vital Part of Your Trip
Travel vaccines are an important factor to consider when planning travel outside of the country for work, study or pleasure. Many countries overseas still suffer from vaccine-preventable illnesses that you need to prepare for. Learn how Travel Health Services can help you avoid health risks during international travel, and stay healthy no matter where you’re headed.

Emergency Preparedness & Response
Proper preparation and response is critical during a public health emergency. At Cobb & Douglas Public Health, the EP&R team provides training and resources for our partners, as well as education and instruction for community members, to ensure we are all prepared for the unexpected. Come learn about how we are ready to keep you safe in a worst-case scenario.

Depending on the needs of your group, this topic can be modified to address one of these subtopics: EP&R Training, How to Prepare for an Emergency, or Medical Reserve Corps.

What is Epidemiology?
Epidemiology is the branch of medicine that helps determine how, when and where diseases occur. Epidemiologists attempt to establish what factors are associated with diseases and what factors may protect people against diseases.

What are notifiable diseases to Public Health and why do they need to be reported?
Disease reporting enables public health follow-up for patients. It helps identify and control the spread of diseases and outbreaks. Disease reporting also provides a better understanding of disease trends and patterns in Georgia.

Through the Epidemiology and Health Assessment department, we monitor the occurrence of infectious diseases, develop strategies for preventing and controlling diseases, and work to put those strategies into action. If you would like to learn more about the Acute Disease Epidemiology, STD Epidemiology, and HIV Prevention programs, please contact us to set up a Public Health Talk!

Why Are Inspections Important to the Community (Food, Swimming Pool, etc.)?
The Center for Environmental Health provides services to monitor and maintain community health and safety by identifying and addressing environmental threats at businesses and public facilities. In this presentation, learn about the types of locations we inspect and the regulations and codes that keep you safe where you live, eat, play and relax.

What Do Food Scores Mean?
Inspectors from Cobb & Douglas Public Health’s Environmental Health team check a comprehensive list of food storage and handling practices before they deliver their grade to a restaurant or food preparation/service agency. In this presentation, you’ll learn about the requirements and scoring of each one of those categories. How does your favorite restaurant measure up?

Protecting Our Visitors: Tourist Accommodation-Related Topics
Learn how CDPH protects the health of visitors to our area by regularly inspecting hotels, motels, and campgrounds to assure clean and safe accommodations. There’s more to local tourism than meets the eye!

Would You Like to Work for Cobb & Douglas Public Health? (Human Resources/Careers)
Since 1920, Cobb & Douglas Public Health promotes and protects the health and safety of the residents of Cobb and Douglas counties, in partnership with several other agencies. CDPH is committed to delivering compassionate, high-quality, affordable healthcare services. If you are looking to pursue a career that makes a real difference in our community, Cobb & Douglas Public Health welcomes enthusiastic, qualified applicants. In this presentation, learn how a career with us could be the rewarding direction you’re looking for.

Child and Youth-Related Programs

Infant Health and Safety – How to Give Your Baby the Very Best
Infant health and safety begins far before birth and continues with a series of steps and practices that provide the best life for your little one. In this presentation, learn what to do and at what age, in order to keep your baby healthy and happy.

Preschool Development – Understanding the Milestones for Your Child
Much of what children do when they play, speak, behave and move is associated with learning and how they reach developmental milestones. Milestones (like crawling or naming colors) are things most children can do by a certain age. In this presentation, parents learn what to do at each age to encourage the development of these milestones in their child.

Safe Kids: Preventing Childhood Injuries
Every 30 seconds, a child somewhere in the world dies due to a preventable injury. In Georgia, nearly 1,500 infants and children die each year from accidents—especially crashes and falls. In this presentation, brought to you by Safe Kids Worldwide, learn tips to keep the children in your life safe.

Depending on the needs of your group, this topic can be modified to address one of these sub topics: Youth Sports Safety, Child Passenger safety, Poison prevention, Water safety, Bicycle safety, Fire safety, Pedestrian safety, or Home safety.

Adolescent Health and Youth Development (AHYD) Program
Our program for young people, ages 10-19, focuses on educational and skill-building programs that partner with schools, youth service agencies and the faith community. These activities for youth, parents and involved adults help young people think clearly about consequences and personal goals.

General Health-Related Programs

What You Need to Know About Flu Shots (ideal during fall)
Influenza (flu) is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses. It can cause mild to severe illness. Serious outcomes of flu infection can result in hospitalization or death. In this presentation, learn who is at the greatest risk from this illness and what kinds of vaccines are available for it as well as pneumonia and shingles.

What You Need to Know About HIV
HIV is the Human Immunodeficiency Virus that can lead to Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome, or AIDS. HIV damages a person’s body by destroying specific blood cells, called CD4+ T cells, which are crucial to helping the body fight diseases. In this presentation, learn how to prevent the spread of HIV, as well as available treatment options. Cobb & Douglas Public Health provides HIV-related services for those who do not have sufficient health care coverage or financial resources for coping with HIV disease. CDPH can also include a free testing and counseling event following the presentation.

How This Simple Habit, Done Right, Can Keep You Healthy – The Importance and “How Tos” of Safe Hand Washing
Most people don’t realize that there is a right way to wash your hands – the only way that can truly prevent the spread of certain germs. Learn what you need to do to make each trip to the sink a means of protecting your health and that of others.

What You Should Know about Epidemiology & Infectious Diseases (Ebola, Measles, etc.)
The Epidemiology/Infectious Disease Department provides infectious disease investigation, management, education, and prevention services to the residents of Cobb and Douglas counties. Come learn how we keep you safe from the major diseases that could affect our community.