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Georgia Department Of Public Health Awarded $1.9 Million To Increase Injury Prevention Efforts

ATLANTA – The Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH) was awarded $1,969,102 from the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety (GOHS) to increase injury prevention efforts on state roads and highways throughout Georgia. The grant funding is used to provide technical assistance and resources to partner agencies statewide, develop community support for motor vehicle safety programs, support data linkages and help evaluate program efforts.

“This funding is critical to saving lives in Georgia,” said Kathleen E. Toomey, M.D., M.P.H., commissioner of the Georgia Department of Public Health. “By collaborating across agencies, we make a difference and can continue to promote safety and prevent injuries.”

“The loss of one life on our roads is one too many, and the fact almost all fatal traffic crashes can be prevented is one reason why we are awarding this grant,”  said Allen Poole, director of the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety. “The target of zero traffic deaths in our nation is achievable, and we will continue to help develop and implement educational messages, enforcement campaigns, and other safety initiatives aimed at bringing us one step closer to our goal.”

The funding from GOHS acknowledges the success of programs in Georgia that are essential to protecting public health.

  • $1,262,395 to the Injury Prevention Program’s Child Occupant Safety Project (COSP) that promotes safe transportation of children throughout Georgia. COSP provides child safety seats and education for local caregivers through the car seat mini grant program active in more than 130 counties, as well as training specific to healthcare professionals, law enforcement, emergency medical services, firefighters and child care providers.
  • $202,406 to the Office of Health Indicators for Planning, which processes Death, Population, Hospital Discharge and ER visit data. Data are made available to DPH on a departmental data warehouse and are published on OASIS, a web-based query system providing public access to Motor Vehicle Crash information on Deaths, Population, Hospital Discharges and ER visits (reporting using data tables, trends, charts and maps).
  • $108,088 to the Injury Prevention Program’s Crash Outcome Data Evaluation System (CODES), a project that brings together multiple agencies to identify opportunities for crash prevention by linking and analyzing crash, vehicle, and behavioral characteristics to medical and financial data.
  • $181,269 to the Injury Prevention Program’s 55+ Driver Safety Program. This program works to educate 55+ adult drivers, their families and professionals on safe driving, age-related mobility changes, and the importance of mobility planning. The program develops comprehensive strategies that balance the needs of at-risk adult drivers with the safety of other road users and pedestrians.
  • $214,944 for support of GEMSIS (the Georgia Emergency Medical Services Information System) upgrades and linkages, as well as tools to measure the time to definitive care, especially for trauma patients. The GEMSIS database is the only statewide source for pre-hospital care information. The GEMSIS Upgrades grant will support the work being done to increase the completeness and accuracy of the patient care information.

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About the Georgia Department of Public Health

The Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH) is the lead agency in preventing disease, injury and disability; promoting health and well-being; and preparing for and responding to disasters from a health perspective. For more information about DPH, visit https://dph.georgia.gov/