August 6, 2013
Co-Chair’s First Lady Sandra Deal and Katie Jo Ballard visited two Metro Atlanta hospitals on behalf of the Georgia Children’s Cabinet campaign for Immunization Awareness month. The Georgia Children’s Cabinet dedicated the month of July to spreading awareness of the benefits of having Georgia’s children immunized. Mrs. Deal and Mrs. Ballard visited Newton Medical Center in Newton County and Piedmont Henry Hospital in Henry County
Mrs. Deal toured Newton Medical Center’s Birthcare Center and was joined by Representative Brian Strickland for the tour of Piedmont Henry Hospital’s maternity ward. She talked with new parents about the importance of staying up to date on baby’s immunizations in order to prevent the contraction and subsequent spreading of diseases. Mrs. Deal offered a free Hallmark immunization card to the parents to aid them in keeping their baby’s immunization records organized. Both hospitals issue the immunization cards, along with educational materials, through their First Steps program. First Steps is a program sponsored by the Governor’s Office for Children and Families that is designed to provide parents with educational materials and community resources geared towards helping newborns have a healthy start. Crystal Tatum of the Newton Citizen covered Mrs. Deal’s visit to Newton Medical Center and reports more details about the First Step program in her article published online.
Both hospitals received immunization cards to give for free to parents who need an easy way of keeping track of their child’s immunization records. Below are a few pictures from Mrs. Deal’s visits.