Health focused program for parents at GJAC

LAWRENCEVILLE - The Gwinnett County Extension Service and the Gwinnett Council of PTAs is sponsoring a series of lectures called Growing Up and Understanding, which will begin next week.

The program for girls ages 9 to 13 will take place from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Jan. 29 and 31 at the Gwinnett Justice and Administration Center auditorium, 75 Langley Drive, Lawrenceville.

A second talk aimed at boys ages 9 to 13 will run from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Feb. 8 at the administration center.

Topics include the physical and emotional aspects of human growth and development, puberty, hygiene, exercise and taking care of yourself.

The program is designed for parents to attend with their child. For more information and to make a reservation, call 678-377-4010.

Eastside Medical awarded quality, safety awards

SNELLVILLE - Emory Eastside Medical Center was awarded the Patient Quality and Safety Award by the Georgia Partnership for Health and Accountability (PHA) for a project aimed at preventing health care acquired infections.

According to a hospital press release, the medical center's project, titled Improving Healthcare Associated Infections: Methicillin Resistant Staph Aureus, won first place in the health system's category as well as a second place Josh Nahum Special Achievement Award for Infection Prevention and Control.

The annual awards recognize Georgia health care organizations for achievement in reducing the risk of medical errors and improving patient safety and medical outcomes.

The awards were presented at a the PHAs annual Patient Safety Summit two weeks ago.

Autism lecture series comes to Atlanta Jan. 31

ATLANTA - The Georgia Regional Officer of Autism Speaks has announced its 2008 Autism Speaks Family Services lecture series schedule, which will include a six-lecture series addressing topics aimed at parents and caregivers of children with autism.

The series begins at

7 p.m. Jan. 31 at The Marcus Institute, 1920 Briarcliff Road, Atlanta.

Jon Zimring, special education attorney from Zimring & Associates, will discuss pitfalls of the Individual Education Programs process. He will be joined Heather Taylor, Cobblestone Therapy Group and author of The Role of Speech Therapy in Education Programs for Children with Autism.

These programs are complimentary and open to the public, but space is limited and reservations are required. For more information and to make reservations, call 770-451-0570.

- From staff reports