Date of Award
Master of Public Health (MPH)
Sheryl Strasser, PHD
Local Public Health programs are at the frontline of Georgia’s struggle to prevent disease, prolong citizens’ lives, and promote health. In recent history it has been observed that both Georgia’s citizens and state government do not completely understand the breadth of the Public Health system and all it beneficiaries. Unfortunately this lack of comprehension about the scope of Public Health programs has lead to a significant decrease in support and funding. This capstone project describes the systematic development of an online educational portal that is a central tool used in the Public Health advocacy campaign in Georgia, “Partner-Up for Public Health”. An electronic database of Public Health statistics for all of Georgia’s counties (n=159) was created using secondary sources. The database presents data on four primary domains: geographic/population descriptive statistics, broad social determinants of health, health indicators, and health outcomes. Within these domains, there are a total of twenty-one indices. This project is important because it collects and presents Public Health information into one centralized location for easy retrieval and is formatted to deliver content in non-technical jargon. A hallmark of the online portal is that it facilitates the mobilization of information and tools necessary for Georgian’s to advocate for local Public Health action, programs, funding, and political attention.
Garcia, Patricia B., "Public Health in Georgia, An Internet Advocacy Tool: A Capstone Project" (2010). Public Health Theses. Paper 131.