Fulton County was awarded $3.9 million to improve health literacy

Amy Cheribelle

FULTON COUNTY, GA—The Fulton County Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities, or known as BHDD, was granted a $3.9 million federal grant to improve health literacy for the minority population within the region. This grant was awarded by the Office of Minority Health in the Department of Health and Human Services.

The program was dedicated to focusing on African American and Latinx residents who were significantly impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

“This grant award is an exciting opportunity for the Fulton County Department of Behavioral Health & Developmental Disabilities to collaborate with community partners to reach one of the most vulnerable groups in our county,” said Anna Roach, Esq., Fulton County Chief Operating Officer. “It is imperative to not only increase awareness surrounding COVID-19 mitigation efforts but to also search for opportunities to expand behavioral health literacy throughout Fulton County.”

The program will address personal and organizational health literacy through culturally appropriate strategies. There are four main goals for this program including increasing awareness of COVID-19 mitigation actions and behavioral health services, increasing COVID-19 testing and vaccine uptake for the target residents, decreasing stigma and false rumors related to behavioral health while increasing behavioral health literacy, and increasing usage of behavioral health services in Fulton County.

BHDD will collaborate with Morehouse School of Medicine (MSM) and the Fulton County Board of Health to guarantee quality improvement activities and program evaluation.

“COVID-19 has severely impacted our communities, with the new Health Literacy funding we are dedicated to educate, connect, and serve our citizens through a holistic approach to health focusing on prevention, availability of resources, and increased access to care,” said LaTrina Foster, director of Fulton County DBHDD.

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