Community Engagement

The FDHA works collaboratively with and through groups of people in Georgia’s Fulton and Dekalb Counties to address specific health issues to positively impact the communities we serve. Our community engagement events and initiatives are a powerful vehicle for bringing about behavioral changes that will improve the health of the community and its members. It often involves partnerships with organized groups, agencies, institutions, and individuals. Our continuum of community involvement delivers on our mission of engaging, educating and empowering.

Health Summit

The FDHA has hosted their Annual Health Summit since 2012. The purpose of the Health Summit is to build a healthy community by sharing resources and solutions through various workshops, a town hall forum, and wellness screenings. This premiere event focuses on educating our constituents, so they are empowered to advocate for their own health and motivated to improve the health and wellness of their families and communities. Each year, this event provides a platform to address critical needs of populations who experience disparities in their health outcomes. The FDHA Health Summit includes information booths with resources and referrals from subject matter experts. A plenary session with multiple speakers is always a summit highlight. Over the years, participating speakers have included Iyanla Vanzant, Sheryl Lee Ralph, Lamman Rucker, Dr. Raquel Ross, and many more.

Due to the Global Pandemic, the 2020 Health Summit will be presented as a virtual event. Check The FDHA website for ongoing updates.

Sponsorship Opportunities

Sponsorships are available for The FDHA’s Annual Health Summit. Join us for Engaging, Educating, Empowering, and making a significant difference in the lives of Atlanta citizens. We have sponsor levels for every budget that will provide company exposure and lasting connections. View the Health Summit Sponsorship Package now. Submit the Sponsorship Form  to contact our Accounting Department for more information about sponsorships and payments.

Care Giver Fair

November is Caregivers Awareness Month and The FDHA celebrates and assists caregivers in our community. The FDHA Caregivers Fair provides resources, education and information to support caregivers with their many undertakings. The fair raises awareness about family caregiver concerns and challenges. Participating exhibitors at the most recent event included experts in supporting families such as Meals on Wheels and AARP.

Millions of Americans provide countless hours of unpaid care annually for adult family members and friends with chronic illnesses. These conditions prevent those in need from handling daily activities such as bathing, managing medications or preparing meals on their own. Family caregivers, particularly women, provide the majority of caregiving support in the United States. The FDHA will continue to work to assist and empower caregivers and seniors with information and resources.

Healthcare Champions Dinner

The FDHA Healthcare Champions Dinner began in 2012 and serves as the opportunity to celebrate community health champions. The FDHA Champions Awards recognize and encourage exceptional work in the health industry, and we are proud to honor individuals and organizations for their contributions towards improving the health of Georgians. Some of the honorees over the years have included Elizabeth Omilami, CEO of Hosea Helps; Dr. Valerie Montgomery Rice, President of Morehouse School of Medicine and Dr. David Satcher, 16th Surgeon General of the United States and Founding Director and Senior Advisor of the Satcher Health Leadership Institute. In addition to recognizing and pinning the students from the Montieth Fellows program, the following awards are presented. 

  • Community Health Champion – Recognizes a dedication to public health advocacy and commitment to improving the health of metro Atlanta.
  • A Healthier Georgia Champion – Recognizes exceptional work and commitment to ensuring that the communities we serve have access to quality program and services for persons in metro Atlanta.
  • Community Health Awareness & Prevention Champion – Recognizes a commitment to providing quality health services, programs and access to vulnerable persons in metro Atlanta.
  • Lew Horne Social Justice Champion – Recognizes a commitment to advocating for responsible policy or legislation designed to improve the lives of underserved populations.
  • Youth Leadership Champion – Recognizes an outstanding example to youth regarding the importance of healthy lifestyles.
  • Mental Health Champion – Recognizes a commitment to providing mental health services and programs to underserved populations in metro Atlanta.
  • Community Engagement Champion – Recognizes an ongoing commitment to engagement and collaborative efforts to provide knowledge and resources to underserved populations in Atlanta. 
  • Chairman’s Award – Recognizes a significant contribution and excellence in the healthcare industry.

The FDHA Healthcare Champions Dinner began in 2012 and serves as the opportunity to celebrate community health champions. The FDHA Champions Awards recognize and encourage exceptional work in the health industry, and we are proud to honor individuals and organizations for their contributions towards improving the health of Georgians. Some of the honorees over the years have included Elizabeth Omilami, CEO of Hosea Helps; Dr. Valerie Montgomery Rice, President of Morehouse School of Medicine and Dr. David Satcher, 16th Surgeon General of the United States and Founding Director and Senior Advisor of the Satcher Health Leadership Institute. In addition to recognizing and pinning the students from the Montieth Fellows program, the following awards are presented. 

 

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Community Conversations

The Community Conversations, formally The FDHA Community Health Forum, focuses on ongoing discussions that foster healthy lifestyles. These conversations serve as the follow up to The FDHA’s annual Health Summit. Prior to the Global Pandemic, these events were held in various locations across DeKalb, Fulton, and North Fulton Counties. Currently, all Community Conversations are being delivered as virtual Zoom sessions. A wide range of subtopics are discussed that cover the subject of the most recent Health Summit.  This allows for wellness experts, FDHA partners and health practitioners to deliver information and share resources in a forum that lends itself to deep dialogue and Q&A with all participants.

Community Roundtables

The Community Engagement Roundtables were an immediate response to an emergency facing the entire world. These virtual events allow The FDHA to regularly engage with Partners/Grantees in response to the global COVID-19 pandemic as follows:
 
  • Keep partners updated on the ongoing work of The FDHA
  • Review what partners are doing to reach their clients virtually
  • Discuss how The FDHA can provide partner support during the COVID-19 crisis
  • Identify areas where The FDHA partner network can collaborate to expand outreach All current partners/grantees are invited to participate in The FDHA Roundtable

Atlanta Ice Cream Festival

In partnership with the Atlanta Ice Cream Festival Foundation, The Fulton-Dekalb Hospital Authority sponsors the festival’s Health and Wellness Zone at this annual community, family friendly event, which is held at Piedmont Park. The FDHA partners provide free health screenings for Glucose, Hypertension, HIV, and other tests. The FDHA staff participates and provides information and resources to encourage attendees to live healthy lives.

The Fulton-DeKalb Hospital Authority is proud to partner with Kevin James and the festival as the Triple- Scoop Health Sponsor. Over the years, the FDHA’s footprint has expanded from a health tent to a Health and Wellness Zone that includes mobile health units providing free services to the community. One of our goals is to engage and educate, which ultimately empowers the residents of DeKalb and Fulton Counties to know their health status. The Atlanta Ice Cream Festival provides a unique opportunity for us to deliver on this goal while having fun with families and people of all ages.

Due to the Global Pandemic, the 2020 Atlanta Ice Cream Festival will be converted to a virtual health education event.

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