Primary functions

Health Assessment and Promotion uses health education tools, best practices, assessment, surveillance and community collaboration to prevent illness and injury and to prepare individuals, organizations and communities to gain mastery over their health and well-being.

What we do:
  • Disease surveillance and outbreak investigation
  • Health data analysis and reporting
  • Chronic and infectious disease prevention
  • Injury prevention
  • Community mobilization/organizing
  • Community collaboration
Three operational units:
  1. Office of Chronic Disease Prevention – Uses a community-centered approach to reduce the burden of chronic disease and eliminate health disparities in DeKalb County.  Activities include increasing the number of environmental opportunities for physical activity, increasing the awareness of the dangers of second-hand smoke, and increasing the number of opportunities in DeKalb County for healthy eating.
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  2. Office of Epidemiology & Statistics – Provides for the prevention, detection, control and investigation of infectious diseases and clusters of illnesses. Also, provides epidemiological support and statistical data support to units within the Board of Health and responds to data requests from the community.  Activities include interviewing individuals with notifiable diseases, determining the exposure and additional transmission information, providing patient education, and manages and analyzes population-based health data to publish health data reports.  Also, the Office of Epidemiology & Statistics administers the Youth Risk Behavior Survey and the Behavioral Risk Surveillance Systems survey.
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  3. Injury Prevention Unit – Identifies and addresses the leading causes of injuries and injury-related deaths of all persons in DeKalb County. Partners with Safe Kids of DeKalb County and Safe Communities of DeKalb to address driver and passenger safety initiatives, as well as pedestrian safety initiatives.
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