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Medical officials identify Dougherty Co. health concerns

Board members listen to Lori Jenkins. (Source: WALB) Board members listen to Lori Jenkins. (Source: WALB)
Phoebe community care sign. (Source: WALB) Phoebe community care sign. (Source: WALB)
Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital. (Source: WALB) Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital. (Source: WALB)
Board member during today's Board of Directors meeting. (Source:WALB) Board member during today's Board of Directors meeting. (Source:WALB)
Lori Jenkins, Director of Strategy/Planning for Phoebe. (Source:WALB) Lori Jenkins, Director of Strategy/Planning for Phoebe. (Source:WALB)
DOUGHERTY CO., GA (WALB) -

Phoebe held input and interview sessions over the past several months and on Wednesday identified what they consider to be the biggest health issues in Doughtery County.

Lori Jenkins, the director of strategy planning, gave the Board of Directors an update on community health needs.

The issues identified were mental and behavioral health, addictive diseases, reproductive health and low birth weight babies.

Jenkins plans to create disease based coalitions in the community.

"Everybody doesn't have all the answers to one single problem, so I think we all play our part in how we can address those problems in the community. Working together will certainly make a bigger impact," she said.

Jenkins will meet with the Board of Directors again in five months to give an update on the Community Health Needs Assessment.

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