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 Center for MSACD
12 Executive Park Drive Ne
2nd Floor, Building 12
Atlanta, GA 30329
Claire D. Coles, Ph.D.
Karen K. Howell, Ph.D.
ENEC Clinic
Lisa Doroshenko
(404) 712-9800

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(855) 789-6222

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March 03, 2015
World Birth Defects Day
MotherToBaby Blog. March, 2015. Lori Wolfe, Certified Genetic Counselor and Teratogen Information Specialist.

Februrary 12, 2015
GA Association of Licensed Adoption Agencies Annual Conference
February 12 & 13, 2015 Exhibit by Dr. Karen Howell Crowne Plaza Ravinia Hotel Atlanta, Georgia

Februrary 05, 2015
When Measles Strike
February, 2015 MotherToBabyGA Blog Sonia Alvarado

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HEARTS for Families: Oxford/Covington and Riverdale/Jonesboro 

HEARTS for Families, Inc. is dedicated to the prevention of underage drinking through the Implementation of strategies specific to communities throughout the state of Georgia.

HEARTS’ Newton and Clayton Counties implement three strategies.  There are two environmental strategies, ‘Be the Wall’ and Promoting Social Host Liability, and one individual level strategy, the Guiding Good Choices Program.  ‘Be the Wall’ is a positive community norms campaign where adults and youth pledge to ‘Be the Wall’ between youth and alcohol.  Throughout the community you may see signs, posters, fliers, bulletin inserts, T-shirts, and other forms of communication of this important message. 

Promoting Social Host Liability is designed to pass ordinances where adults are held accountable for allowing underage drinking on their property.  An adult may not actually provide the alcohol, but if they create an environment where underage drinking takes place, the property owner is to be held accountable.  Creating a community ordinance supports law enforcement with tools when faced with underage drinking parties.

Guiding Good Choices is a program for parents of children ages 9-14 where they learn how to engage their children in making good decisions and practicing resistance skills, while creating strong family bonds.   Jonesboro/Riverdale has facilitated three Guiding Good Choices parent programs at Clayton Extension, Hearts to Nourish Hope, and Clayton Community Service Board.  Other program hosts are being sought to widen the reach of the program message.  Oxford/Covington has facilitated one Guiding Good Choices parenting program at the local Salvation Army site and is anxious to begin additional programs throughout the county. 

Our focus is to lengthen the time that youth start consuming alcohol to give them a more successful outcome as they grow and develop.  If we Start Teaching Early Prevention (STEP) and STEP Up to the call for being good role models, our whole community benefits.  Please join one of our local STEP Up Workgroups listed below:

 The Newton County Workgroup meets the first Wednesday of each month:

STEP Up Oxford/Covington

Turner Lake Recreation Center

6185 Turner Lake Rd, Covington

Starts at noon


 The Clayton County Workgroup meets the third Wednesday of each month:

STEP Up Riverdale/Jonesboro

Hearts to Nourish Hope

640 Highway 138,

Riverdale Ga 30274

11:00 am


April 30, 2015
2015 Neonatology Conference
Exhibit by Dr. Karen Howell. April 30-May 1, 2015 Emory Conference Center Atlanta, Georgia

April 25, 2015
Prescription Drug Abuse Awareness Day
Lucky Shoals Park Community Recreation Center 4651 Britt Rd. Norcross, GA 30093

April 23, 2015
Decatur Town Hall Meetings
The Decatur Prevention Initiative invites you to attend their spring town hall meeting. April 6:30-8pm.

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