The new Acworth-Kennesaw Public Health Center, which is located at 3810 Old 41 Highway, N.W., Kennesaw, will provide more access to services for residents visiting programs such as Women, Infant and Child Nutrition (WIC), family planning, adult health, international travel health and immunizations.
The center opened in July. It is the second public health center opened by Cobb and Douglas Public Health in 2018, following the recent opening of the Smyrna Public Health Center located at 3001 S. Cobb Dr S.E., Smyrna.
Dr. Carol Holtz, the Cobb board of health chair, recognized the need in the Acworth and Kennesaw areas for additional clinical services.
“I am thrilled that we have been able to expand these services for our north Cobb community and make those services and our WIC clinic more accessible to our patients,” Holtz said. “The beauty and commitment of this center demonstrates our respect and care for our residents.”
Cobb Commissioner Bob Weatherford said the Special Local Option Sales Tax (SPLOST) provided the primary funding for the center. Additional financial support came from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Georgia WIC Office, Cobb & Douglas Public Health and the city of Kennesaw.
“Public health has a lot of components and I appreciate all that Cobb and Douglas Public Health does for our communities,” Weatherford said. “It creates a quality of life we all have come to enjoy.”
Acworth Mayor Tommy Allegood said the new health center benefits residents of Acworth and Kennesaw.
“As we think about the mission of Cobb and Douglas Public Health, they make a promise to promote and protect our communities,” Allegood said. “We are very proud and excited to have this great resource. This is a perfect location with a beautiful facility and expert staff to better serve our residents.”
Kennesaw Mayor Derek Easterling said Cobb and Douglas Public Health plays an important role in the city’s public health goals.
“Through our partnership with public health, we achieved a Fit City designation a few years ago and expanded our Smoke Free Ordinance,” Easterling said. “Our city has made health and wellness a priority over the last several years, so we are particularly pleased to welcome public health to this new location.”
– Valerie S. Crow, director of communications for Cobb & Douglas Public Health.