In recognition for the success of the Environmental Justice Initiative, Vice Chair Emma I. Darnell and the Fulton County Board of Commissioners presented the Department of Health Services staff with a proclamation for Environmental Justice Day. The proclamation recognized the department’s receipt of the 2013 Model Practice Award from the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) for the team’s successful efforts to inform and influence the implementation of policies to ensure that no demographic group is disproportionately affected by adverse environmental conditions.
“I am pleased that the work of staff, neighborhood and business groups has been recognized,” affirmed Vice-Chair Emma I. Darnell. “We have come a long way in the area of human health and the environment. However all of us understand that we yet have a long way to go.”
The Fulton County Health Services’ Department’s Environmental Justice Program has also been recognized by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as a health organization that strives to improve and protect the lives of residents and visitors and contributing to the overall goal of public health to prevent disease, prolong life and promote health.
The Fulton County Environmental Justice Initiative is accepted as a model practice because it demonstrates exemplary and replicable qualities in response to a local public health need as well as reflects a strong local health department role, collaboration, innovation, and has demonstrated its value through evaluation.
(Photo: left to right: (front row) Dr. Patrice A. Harris, Director of Fulton County Health Services; Monica Robinson, Environmental Planner; Vice Chair Emma I. Darnell; Dr. Matthew McKenna, Medical Director; Fulton County Health Services; Kevin Jones, Deputy Director; Environmental Health Services; (second row) Commissioner William “Bill” Edwards; Commissioner Robb Pitts; Commissioner Joan P. Garner; Chairman John H. Eaves)