Chattahoochee River, Georgia
At a Glance
  • State Population: 10,912,876
  • Local Health Departments: 18
  • Frequent Public Health Emergencies: Tornadoes, Hurricanes, Infectious Disease Outbreaks
  • Key Emergency Operations Center Activations:
    2020 – COVID-19 Pandemic
  • CDC PHEP Funding:
    FY 2022: $17,715,933
    FY 2021: $16,818,599
    FY 2020: $16,188,726
  • Public Health Crisis Response Funding:
    Mpox 2023 Funding: $981,208
    Mpox 2022 Funding: $570,518
    COVID-19 2021 Funding: $63,097,212
    COVID-19 2020 Funding: $21,666,345
PHEP-Funded Staff
  • Community Preparedness
  • Public Health Laboratory Testing
  • Medical Countermeasure Dispensing and Administration
  • Emergency Operations Coordination
  • Medical Materiel Management & Distribution

*Includes IT specialists, administrative staff, statisticians, and other positions

CDC Preparedness Field Staff
  • 1 Career Epidemiology Field Officer
  • 1 Preparedness Field Assignee
Top 5 Preparedness Investments
  1. Community Preparedness
  2. Public Health Laboratory Testing
  3. Medical Countermeasure Dispensing and Administration
  4. Emergency Operations Coordination
  5. Medical Materiel Management & Distribution
Stories from the Field
PHEP Helps Georgia Protect Those Experiencing Homelessness during COVID-19 Pandemic

In 2020, Jennifer Polk, a PHEP-funded preparedness field assignee, coordinated the isolation of people with COVID-19 who were experiencing homelessness and others who were unable to safely self-isolate. She developed standard operating procedures for this mission. She also participated in the state’s medical countermeasure planning, creating databases to track points of distribution and community partners.

CDC CEFO Updates Georgia’s Contact Tracing Application to Accommodate COVID-19 Response

In 2020, CDR Laura Edison, a PHEP-funded Career Epidemiology Field Officer in Georgia, worked with software vendors to replace the state’s contact tracing application to accommodate the complex data demands of the COVID-19 pandemic response. She also wrote contact tracing guidance documents and training materials and trained staff from 18 health districts. In addition, she developed educational messages to help the public understand contact tracing. CDR Edison also oversaw teams of epidemiologists supporting COVID-19 data quality, analysis, and sharing; healthcare and long-term care facilities; outbreak surveillance and response; and laboratory testing.

Georgia Hurricane Irma
CDC Helps Georgia Keep its Most Vulnerable Residents Safe During Hurricane Irma

In Georgia, PHEP supported the training of six staff members in identifying and contacting vulnerable residents during an emergency using a special needs registry. During Hurricane Irma in September 2017, Georgia’s Coastal Health District used county-based Functional, Access, and Medical Needs Registry to identify residents who might require transportation support and help from trained medical professionals. PHEP-funded staff assisted with contacting these vulnerable residents, verified whether they had a means of evacuation, and coordinated evacuations when necessary. Thanks to the efforts of these staff, the state transported 70 residents with special needs out of harm’s way and into 12 skilled nursing facilities and hospices across the state.

Georgia Hurricane Matthew
Responding to Hurricane Matthew in Coastal Georgia

In the fall of 2016, Hurricane Matthew hit coastal Georgia as a category 3 storm. PHEP and Hospital Preparedness Program (HPP) funded staff arranged transportation for approximately 1,200 patients out of three coastal hospitals, 19 nursing homes, and six assisted living facilities. Seventy-three PHEP-funded public health nurses deployed to care for patients and provide vaccinations in shelters across the state. As a result, many of Georgia’s most vulnerable residents stayed safe despite the severity of the storm.