Cobb & Douglas Public Health (CPDH) is pleased to announce that Karen Gulley, Environmental Health County Manager for Cobb, recently received the Georgia Public Health Association (GPHA) Environmental Health Innovation Award.  She was honored on April 14, 2015, for her creativity and commitment to the Food Safety Partnership Panel Programs that have been broadcast throughout Cobb and Douglas Counties.

Since 2010, Karen has developed discussion outlines, recruited guests, and hosted seven half-hour Food Safety Partnership Panel programs that have been promoted throughout District 3-1 on local government access cable channels (Cobb TV23 and Douglas TV23). Each episode highlights a food safety related topic that is relevant to both food service operators and the general public.

Topics for these episodes include common food service inspection violations, serving high risk populations, multi-cultural food safety challenges, service animals, special food service operations (i.e., mobile food units and temporary food service), and food allergen awareness.  Each episode features industry and consumer participation, and Environmental Health staff have been utilized to enact episode specific skits to further enhance the viewing experience.  In addition to Cobb TV23 and Douglas TV23, these episodes are also hosted on the CDPH website and on the CDPH Vimeo page.

About GPHA
The Georgia Public Health Association is an association of individuals and organizations working to improve the public’s health.

About the Environmental Health Innovation Award
This award is presented to a GPHA Member or organization for creating a new idea, practice, or product that has had a positive impact on improving the environment/public health and the quality of life. The purpose of this award is to recognize individuals or teams that have made an innovative contribution to improving the environment and/or protecting public health and to encourage other professionals to search for creative solutions. Change that promotes or improves the environment is the foundation of this award.

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