Institute of Public and Preventive Health
“Public health is what we, as a society, do collectively to assure conditions for people to be healthy.”
-Institute of Medicine (IOM) Future of Public Health, 1988
As the state of Georgia's only public academic health center, Georgia Regents University has unique strengths and responsibilities in developing clinical services and biomedical research responsive to community health needs. The innovative solutions developed through the Institute of Public and Preventive Health will ensure that Georgia will be a healthy place to live and work for generations.
An External Advisory Board of community stakeholders will support and counsel the institute to ensure quality and relevance of the institute's research and service.
Living in Georgia should not be an indicator for susceptibility to dangerous, infectious diseases and other lagging health factors, but it is. Many preventable factors leave Georgians susceptible to disease. The Institute of Public and Preventive Health continues to find real-world solutions and uncover resource-preserving, preventive measures.
Currently, Georgia ranks among the worst for teen pregnancy, low birth-weight babies, pre-term births, and infant mortality. For many, these are shocking facts. For others, they are simply the reality of living here.
Through the Georgia Prevention Center, GRU has already formed strong alliances with schools, parents, outreach organizations and other segments of the community to research, develop, and implement innovative solutions for children's health issues. We've taken important steps to address the earliest roots of childhood obesity and with your help we can do even more.
- Georgia Regents University’s student retention and graduation rates are on the rise, according to a recent report from the University System of Georgia.
- The Ingersoll Rand Foundation donated $120,000 to the Family YMCA of Greater Augusta and Children’s Hospital of Georgia for the renovation of Camp Lakeside.
- Dr. Caryl Hess has been named Director of Leadership Development for Georgia Regents University. She will assume her new role on December 1.