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Commissioner Liz Hausmann and Fulton-DeKalb Hospital Authority to Host May 8th Health Forum

Opioids…By now, we are all familiar with this word and tragic circumstances it creates.   There is no denying that we are in the midst of an epidemic.   It’s time to plan our path to recovery.   Join us at the 2018 North Fulton County Community Health Forum, where the Fulton DeKalb Hospital Authority (FDHA), mental health, and addiction experts will unite with citizens to plot a course forward at 6:00 p.m. on May 8, 2018 at Roswell’s Centennial High School.  

Commissioner Hausmann emphasizes the purpose of the forum, “This Forum will focus on opioid addiction.  Communities and families are being destroyed by this epidemic.  We have heard hundreds of stories both locally and nationally regarding the deadly dangers of opioid addiction.   We want to assist with linking our residents to the resources available here in North Fulton, and will discuss how to recognize the problem and learn where they can get help.”   She added, “We want to offer resources to reduce the effects of this dangerous addiction, while also hearing from the community concerning continuing needs that must be addressed.”

Lisa Flagg, CEO of the FDHA explains, "In 2017 deaths related  to drug overdoses are nearly equal to motor vehicle  deaths.   At the Fulton-DeKalb Hospital Authority we find this unacceptable and joining forces with the commissioner is one way to address this challenge."

Commissioner Hausmann will serve as the moderator of the panel discussion.

Health Forum panelists include:

  • LaTrina Foster, Director of the Fulton County Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities
  • Diane E. Milner,   Certified Addictions Counselor, Grady Health System
  • Robin Buckley, Director of Member Services, Johns Creek Chamber of Commerce
  • Ewell Hardman, Master Addiction Counselor, Summit Counseling Center  
  • Laurisa Barthen, Peer Counselor, Georgia Substance Abuse

Health Providers and Counselors will be on hand to answer questions and provide additional information

Information is also available on the Fulton County website at www.fultoncountyga.gov   or citizens can connect with Fulton County government on Twitter at @FultonInfo or Facebook at @fultoninfo.

2018 North Fulton County Community Health Forum Flyer

Citizens in need of reasonable accommodations due to a disability including communications in an alternative format should contact the Disability Liaison in the Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities at (404) 613-6385alt. For Georgia Relay Access, dial 711.