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$839,700 grant to boost injury prevention efforts

12/20/2013, 6 a.m.

The Georgia Department of Public Health has a $839,700 grant to bolster its injury prevention efforts from the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety.

The funding, awarded on Oct. 1, will be used to offer technical assistance and resources to partner agencies statewide, develop community support for motor vehicle safety programs, support data linkages, and help evaluate program efforts.

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Brenda Fitzgerald

Public Health Commissioner Brenda Fitzgerald said the funding will help prevent injuries and deaths throughout the state of Georgia.

“By working together and supporting each other, we have made a difference and can continue to save lives and prevent injuries,” she said in a Dec. 13 statement.

Dr. J. Patrick O’Neal, director of the Division of Health Protection, said the grants are key resources for the department’s public health prevention strategies that improve highway safety throughout the state.

The funding will be distributed as follows:

n $399,900 to the Child Occupant Safety Project that promotes safe transportation of children throughout Georgia. The project provides child safety seats, training specific for health care professionals, law enforcement, emergency medical services, schools and pupil transportation staff, child care as well as local caregivers through the car seat mini grant program active in 154 counties.

n $181,000 to OASIS, a Web-based query system that gives public access to statistics on deaths, hospital discharges, ER visits and motor vehicle crashes (analysis and maps) based on DPH’s departmental data warehouse.

n $96,900 to the Older Driver Safety Program that works to maintain and/or enhance the mobility of older adults by developing comprehensive strategies that balance the needs of older adults with the safety of other road users and pedestrians.

n $91,100 to the Crash Outcome Data Evaluation System, 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.

n $70,800 for support of GEMSIS, the Georgia Emergency Medical Services Information System. 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.