Acworth-Kennesaw Public Health Center opens

Tommy Allegood, Mayor of Acworth; Lisa Crossman, CDPH Deputy Director; Wyman Pilcher, Cobb Board of Health Vice Chair; Bob Weatherford, Cobb County Commissioner; Dr. Janet Memark, CDPH District Health Director; Dr. Carol Holtz, Cobb Board of Health Chair, and Derek Easterling, Mayor of Kennesaw, celebrate the grand opening of the Acworth-Kennesaw Public Health Center.L-R: Tommy Allegood, Mayor of Acworth; Lisa Crossman, CDPH Deputy Director; Wyman Pilcher, Cobb Board of Health Vice Chair; Bob Weatherford, Cobb County Commissioner; Dr. Janet Memark, CDPH District Health Director; Dr. Carol Holtz, Cobb Board of Health Chair, and Derek Easterling, Mayor of Kennesaw, celebrate the grand opening of the Acworth-Kennesaw Public Health Center. (photo courtesy of Cobb & Douglas Public Health)

Ribbon-cutting for Acworth-Kennesaw Public Health Center

The Acworth-Kennesaw Public Health Center celebrated its grand opening on Wednesday. The new center, a part of the Cobb & Douglas Public Health (CDPH) system, will provide access for residents in need of programs including Women, Infant and Child Nutrition (WIC), Family Planning, Adult Health, International Travel Health, and Immunizations.

The ribbon-cutting celebration included community leaders and local and state elected officials.  Cobb County District 1 Commissioner Bob Weatherford, Acworth Mayor Tommy Allegood, Kennesaw Mayor Derek Easterling, and Cobb Board of Health Chairman Dr. Carol Holtz were on hand for the ceremony.

A press release from the CDPH reported that Holtz said, “I am thrilled that we have been able to expand these services for our north Cobb community and make those services and our WIC clinic more accessible to our patients. The beauty and commitment of this center demonstrates our respect and care for our residents.”

[epq-quote align=”align-left”]“I am thrilled that we have been able to expand these services for our north Cobb community and make those services and our WIC clinic more accessible to our patients. The beauty and commitment of this center demonstrates our respect and care for our residents.” — Dr. Carol Holtz[/epq-quote]

Weatherford, the county commissioner representing the district,  said, “Public Health has a lot of components and I appreciate all that Cobb & Douglas Public Health does for our communities. It creates a quality of life we all have come to enjoy.” He mentioned the funding for the project. The Special Local Option Sales Tax (SPLOST) program provided the primary funding for the building renovation. Financial support was also provided by the USDA and State WIC Office, Cobb & Douglas Public Health and the City of Kennesaw.

Acworth-Kennesaw Public Health Center building (photo courtesy of Cobb & Douglas Public Health)

Acworth-Kennesaw Public Health Center building (photo courtesy of Cobb & Douglas Public Health)

Acworth Mayor Tommy Allegood said, “As we think about the mission of Cobb & Douglas Public Health, they make a promise to promote and protect our communities. We are very proud and excited to have this great resource. This is a perfect location with a beautiful facility and expert staff to better serve our residents.”

Kennesaw Mayor Derek Easterling mentioned the role Cobb & Douglas Public Health plays in his city’s long-term public health goals. “Through our partnership with public health, we achieved a Fit City designation a few years ago and expanded our Smoke-Free Ordinance. Our City has made health and wellness a priority over the last several years, so we are particularly pleased to welcome public health to this new location,” he said.

The second new center opened by CDPH this year

This is the second new public health center opened by Cobb & Douglas Public Health this year, following the recent opening of the Smyrna Public Health Center located on South Cobb Drive.

Location of the new center

The Acworth-Kennesaw Public Health Center is located at 3810 Old 41 Highway NW, Kennesaw, Georgia 30144.  For more information visit the CDPH website at www.cobbanddouglaspublichealth.org, or phone 770-974-3330.

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Larry Felton Johnson
Larry Felton Johnson is the editor and publisher of the Cobb County Courier. He holds a degree in journalism from Georgia State University and enjoys exploring the county's trail and greenway network when he isn't covering county government meetings and court proceedings.

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