Health organizations celebrate decades of service

Two organizations that helped shape DeKalb County’s health and history are celebrating milestone anniversaries in 2024.

In April, both DeKalb Public Health (formally known as DeKalb County Board of Health) and the Task Force for Global Health (TFGH), based in Decatur, held events to commemorate the special occasion for each organization.

On April 16 TFGH partners gathered at the Senate Visitors Center in Washington, D.C. to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the organization. The reception, organized with the support of the office of Sen. Raphael Warnock, featured keynote remarks from World Health Organization (WHO) Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus.

“WHO is a proud co-founder of the Task Force for Global Health, and remains a proud partner,” said Ghebreyesus.

Ghebreyesus noted that since 2019, TFGH has been in official relations with WHO as a non-state actor, “a status given to organizations that have engaged substantially with WHO and made a significant contribution to public health.”

At the event, speakers talked about TFGH’s accomplishments in the past 40 years and the impact that had been felt throughout the world. Donating billions of tablets of medication to treat neglected tropical diseases; helping 40 low- and middle-income countries deploy COVID-19 vaccines; and putting more than 20,000 field epidemiologists through training programs in more than 100 countries is just some of the work TFGH CEO Patrick O’Carroll said the organization has done.

On April 24, officials from across Georgia joined DeKalb Public Health District Health Director and CEO Sandra J. Valenciano to celebrate 100 years of the organization’s work within the community.

At the celebration held at the DeKalb History Center in downtown Decatur, Valenciano highlighted DeKalb Public’s Health’s accomplishments and discussed what the organization has planned.

“Our past and our future is tied to equity, engagement and efficiency,” said Valenciano. “Our goals include advancing service accessibility; investing in employee development and workplace retention; expanding multi-sector partnerships; and modernizing our operations and infrastructure,” said Valenciano.

At the event, officials with the DeKalb History Center also unveiled display cases featuring numerous photos and items throughout the past 100 years. The displays can be viewed for free at the DeKalb History Center located at 101 East Court Square in Decatur.

Officials with both organizations said that while they may not know when the next global pandemic or health issue may happen, each is working toward providing the best care and health resources available now to as many people as possible.

“Over the years our name may have changed, but the one thing that has remained the same is the passion we have for serving our community and making a difference in people’s lives,” said Valenciano.

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One thought on “Health organizations celebrate decades of service

  • May 30, 2024 at 10:54 am

    Continue to make a mark in this world that can never be erased TFGH, Inc. Great Job!!!


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