Atlanta Technical College awarded $10,000 grant
to provide community health screening
Atlanta Technical College (ATC) has been awarded $10,000 in grant funding from the Fulton-DeKalb Hospital Authority to expand its community health screening and education programs. The funds will be used to provide low-income and uninsured residents of Fulton and DeKalb counties with access to glucose tests, cholesterol screenings, vision exams, muscular strength and flexibility assessments, and PSA tests for prostate cancer. In addition to providing these services free-of-charge, the college will advise participants on preventive care, proper nutrition and health maintenance.
“Atlanta Technical College is proud to have the support of the Fulton-DeKalb Hospital Authority,” said ATC president Alvetta Peterman Thomas. “With this funding, we can heighten awareness about the importance of routine health screenings. Research demonstrates that most diseases and chronic conditions can more easily be addressed when they are discovered at an early stage. This grant will be used to improve health outcomes by providing life-saving services to underserved members of our community.”
ATC has a history of community engagement and working to boost healthcare in metropolitan Atlanta. For the past seven years, the college has hosted a community health expo during which staff, students and community partners lead educational workshops, conduct screenings and provide complementary wellness services to the community, cost-free. The continuing education department hosts monthly CPR and medical assessment courses for emergency responders, daycare providers, medical professionals and members of the general public.
The college’s commitment to improving the overall state of healthcare in Georgia extends beyond auxiliary services. Administrators recently opened a $14.8 million allied health training complex and will expand college offerings this fall to include registered nursing, radiologic technology, physical therapist assistant, dental hygiene, surgical technology and biocsicence. The new programs are designed to improve health outcomes by providing local medical facilities with a much-needed pool of qualified health professionals who can enter the workplace on day one, with the knowledge and skills to make a positive impact.