elcome to the Southwest Health District, a 14
county public health district serving over 300,000
citizens. Our mission is to prevent disease, injury and
disability; promote health and well-being; and prepare for
and respond to disasters.
Recommendations aim to reduce sudden unexplained infant deaths "Around 4,000 babies suddenly die each year in the United States from no cause that is immediately apparent. “These deaths are referred to as SUIDs – Sudden Unexplained Infant Deaths – and roughly half are due to Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS),” says Southwest Health District Health Director Dr. Jacqueline Grant." Press Release 2/26/14
Georgia Health Officials Warn of Potential Phone Scam "Right now, we do not know the real reason for the calls or what the caller is truly looking for,” said Rick Keheley, DPH’s inspector general" Press Release 2/25/14
Singing for a Cure to observe Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day Feb. 15 "We and our partners are pleased to offer this concert in recognition of National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day,” said Chanel Scott-Dixon, program manager for Southwest Health District’s HIV/AIDS program." Press Release 2/6/14
Health District confirms first flu-related death; state fatalities continue to rise "A Dougherty County adult became Southwest Public Health District’s first flu fatality for the 2013-2014 flu season, health officials confirmed today." Press Release 1/16/14
It's cold out there! Please review the Extreme Cold Guideline to help you get through this artic blast. Prevention Guide 1/6/14
Spread cheer, not flu, during holiday season, says Public Health "Take the time to visit your healthcare provider or county health department to get your flu vaccine," said Southwest Health District Health Immunization Coordinator Rebecca Snow. Press Release 12/5/13
Cancer Coalition of South Georgia Receives Mutual of America Award "Cancer Coalition of South Georgia’s Community Cancer Screening Program has been recognized nationally as a recipient of a Mutual of America Foundation 2013 Community Partnership Award."
Press Release 11/26/13
Black women more at risk of poor outcomes from breast cancer
“Government statistics show about 232,000 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in 2013,” said Southwest Georgia Health District Health Director Dr. Jacqueline Grant. “And this year, 39,000 women are expected to die from the disease.” Press Release 10/15/13
Free "text4baby" campaign sends health information to new and expectant moms