Current Objectives
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Tobacco free living


1.    Promote the use of the Georgia Tobacco Quitline
2.    Promote completion of the 2As+R Brief Tobacco Intervention by physician providers and health systems
3.    Encourage participation in the Georgia Tobacco Quitline’s physician referral program
4.    Educate the public on the dangers of second-hand smoke
5.    Increase tobacco-free policies on government grounds, including parks and recreational areas
6.    Increase tobacco-free policies on colleges campuses
7.    Increase tobacco-free policies in health and human services organizations
8.    Increase smoke-free housing policies in multi-unit housing and outdoor areas


Active Living & Healthy Eating


1.    Increase the number of local government agency worksites that have implemented a comprehensive breastfeeding accommodation policy
2.    Increase the number of licensed child care facilities that establish physical activity, nutrition, screen time, and breastfeeding accommodation policies
3.    Increase access to fruits and vegetables in schools.
4.    Decrease amount of sodium in foods in schools.
5.    Reduce access to competitive low nutrition foods and beverages in schools
6.    Ensure availability of plain, cold drinking water throughout the day at no cost to students
7.    Increase the amount of time students spend in moderate or vigorous physical activity during physical education class.
8.    Increase the total number of physical activity opportunities implemented at school facilities, including daily recess, intramurals/physical activity clubs, and walk or bicycle to and from school.
9.    Increase availability and affordability of healthful foods in senior centers
10.    Promote purchase of fruits, vegetables, and other healthy foods through incentives associated with food assistance programs (including farmers’ markets)
11.    Encourage restaurants to provide healthier food options
12.    Encourage employers to complete worksite wellness assessments and implement worksite wellness programs.


High impact evidence-based clinical and other preventive services


1.    Increase the number of  and utilization of community supports for individuals identified with high blood pressure/cholesterol and tobacco use
2.    Implement strategies to translate known interventions into usual clinical care to increase control of high blood pressure, diabetes, and high cholesterol
3.    Provide training and technical assistance to health care institutions and providers to effectively implement systems to increase delivery and use of treatment for tobacco use and dependence, alcohol use and dependence, and preventive screening services.
4.    Provide outreach to increase use of clinical preventive services by the population or population subgroups.
5.    Encourage the adoption of  a patient-centered medical home or team-based care approach to promote standard protocols to deliver high impact clinical preventive services
6.    Establish a practice-based learning network among health care organizations and health advocacy groups to promote sharing of lessons learned and dissemination of best practices on clinical preventive services
7.    Increase the number of primary care providers reporting through the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Meaningful Use Clinical Quality Measures & Physician Quality Reporting System measures
8.    Provider education regarding billing and reimbursement for prevention, screening, and smoking cessation services


Healthy and safe physical environment


1.    Increase the number of community organizations that promote joint use/community use of facilities
2.    Develop and promote outdoor adult playgrounds
3.    Increase opportunities for physical activity in workplaces
4.    Increase buildings with stairwell modification to increase stair use
5.    Increase the number of school districts subject to safe walking and bicycling routes
6.    Increase adoption of comprehensive approaches to improve community design to enhance walking and bicycling and active transportation
7.    Increase mixed use zoning and transit-oriented development


 
Social and Emotional Wellness


1.    Promote effective life skills (marriage, parenting, stress management)
2.    Promote positive early childhood development and identification of developmental delays
3.    Implement effective positive youth development and risk reduction approaches to improve adolescent health (specifically including reducing youth access to tobacco products and providing tobacco-use prevention education and cessation resources)

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