The Douglas Healthy Futures Foundation (DHFF) Board, in partnership with the Douglasville Police Department, hosted Douglas County officials and local business leaders Tuesday morning for their first-ever breakfast event focused on promoting awareness of the Foundation and its mission to provide financial, fundraising, and advocacy support for Douglas Public Health and – with the help of their partners – promote and protect the health and safety of the residents of Douglas County.

The theme for DHFF’s first fundraising breakfast was “Healthy Futures: Partnering for Children’s Health,” and demonstrated the importance of local businesses working together with public health organizations to promote access to health and wellness care in underserved communities.

“Many of the programs Douglas Health Futures Foundation strives to raise funds for are at-risk programs that do a lot of good in the community,” said Douglas Health Futures Foundation Board Chair Dr. Suvess Ricks. “Helping to provide access to care for low-income children, preventing childhood injuries and continuing that care to adolescents and youth development gives everyone in a community the opportunity to live healthier, safer lives – and that’s why we’re so grateful for the interest that local businesses take in sponsoring these kinds of programs.”

The breakfast featured speakers such as Steven Lambert of WellStar, Greg Williams of Kaiser Permanente, Chief Deputy Gary Sparks of the Douglasville Police Department and Cobb & Douglas Public Health District Director Dr. Jack Kennedy.

A highlight of the event was the premier showing of “It’s All About the Children,” a video produced by dctv23 that features program staff describing their work and its impact on the children of Douglas County. Douglas Health Futures Foundation Board Chair Emeritus Tom Worthan also spoke during the event, urging community leaders and local establishments to act in the interest of public health and invest in the future of the communities where they do business.

To support the Douglas Health Futures Foundation, visit or call (770) 514-2325.