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GPC hosts domestic violence project

GPC hosts domestic violence project

ATLANTA -- October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, and all five campuses of Georgia Perimeter College want to make sure that no women goes unheard on this important issue.

All week and next Monday, the local college will hold forums where victims of domestic violence and advocates for its prevention can share their feelings.

The Clarkston campus held its talk on Monday; the remaining four events are:

Tuesday: Dunwoody (2101 Womack Road)
Wednesday: Newton (239 Cedar Lane, Covington)
Thursday: Decatur (3251 Panthersville Road)
Monday, Oct. 31: Alpharetta (3705 Brookside Parkway)

All events take place from noon until 2 p.m. Refreshments will be served.

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Fast and free flu shots offered during drive-thru clinics

Fast and free flu shots offered during drive-thru clinics

COVINGTON, Ga. -- For Newton and Rockdale residents, getting a flu shot this year will be as simple as rolling down a car window and rolling up your sleeve.

Health departments in both counties will host a two-day drive-thru flu shot clinic that will provide free vaccinations to the first 500 participants.

"Not only are we vaccinating the community from the seasonal flu, but we are using this as a great opportunity to exercise our ability to quickly and efficiently administer vaccinations to the public in the event of a widespread public health crisis, such as pandemic influenza," said Dr. Lloyd Hofer, district health director for the Gwinnett, Newton and Rockdale County Health Departments.

Drive-thru flu shot clinics will be:

* Newton County
Friday, Oct. 14, 11 a.m.

Local counties observe National Adult Immunization Week

Local counties observe National Adult Immunization Week

LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. – If you thought getting your dreaded “shots” ended with your childhood. Think again.

Creekview High among schools that 'rock' for MDA

Creekview High among schools that 'rock' for MDA

CANTON, Ga. -- More than 60 schools participated in this year's School ShamROCKS Program sponsored by the Muscular Dystrophy Association.

Together, these schools raised over $34,000 to fight muscular dystrophy.

Creekview High School in Canton was this year's big winner, raising $2,000 for MDA.

LOCAL PROFILE: Sawanda Spinks, President of Georgia Pediatric Hydrocephalus Foundation

LOCAL PROFILE: Sawanda Spinks, President of Georgia Pediatric Hydrocephalus Foundation

ATLANTA – Sawanda Spinks was eight-months-pregnant when she learned her first child would be born with hydrocephalus.

“I had never heard of it; I didn’t know what it was but when I heard the risks, I started crying; I couldn’t take listening to that”, she said.

Spinks had gone into the emergency room for a pulled muscle but when she left her life was changed, forever.

Hydrocephalus is a condition that affects 1-in-500 infants. The condition, also known as having “water on the brain”, happens when fluid accumulates on the brain and in the skull cavities.

As any first-time parent would Spinks visited countless specialists, searching for good news, before she would give birth to her son a month later; she heard none.

“Doctors didn’t give us much hope but they were doing their job, they’re supposed to tell you the worst case scenario”.   

“We heard it all.

Future of State Health Benefit Plan to be secured

Future of State Health Benefit Plan to be secured

ATLANTA -- The Georgia Department of Community Health has adopted a proposal to secure the future of the State Health Benefit Plan (SHBP).

The initiative introduces a new consumer-directed wellness plan, improves plan administration, eliminates the SHBP's projected deficit for this year and substantially reduces future deficits.

"The board is pleased to endorse this thoughtful and responsible plan that is not afraid to tackle the big issues," said DCH board chairman Ross Mason. "This is a forward-looking plan that provides real bottom line-driven solutions."

SHBP is facing a projected deficit of slightly more than $800 million during the next two years.

"Our major concern is the continued delivery of quality health care services at an affordable cost," said DCH commissioner David Cook.