Please contact Fozia Khan Eskew, Director of Child Health via email at for questions regarding the information on this webpage.

Pediatrician’s Guide to Public Health Programs for Children

This brief guide will help you navigate through a variety of programs offered through the Georgia Division of Public Health that may benefit your patients.  If you would like copies of the guide, please contact Kasha Askew, at the Chapter office at 404-881-5067 or email her at  Click Here for a copy of the Guide.

Children 1st

Children 1st  is the entry point into Georgia’s Public Health system for children birth to five.  The core functions of Children 1st include early identification of all children with conditions that place them at risk for poor health and/or developmental outcomes; especially through screening of Georgia’s Electronic Birth Certificates.  Additionally, Children 1st supports developmental screening activities throughout Georgia to identify children in need.  Assessment of family strengths and needs is obtained through a Maternal and Child Health Assessment tool.  Linkages to a medical home and community and public health programs and services is also provided.  Monitoring of the child’s health and development can take place either through contact with the child’s medical home or direct contact with the family at various intervals up until the child reaches age five.  Click here for a listing of Children 1st Coordinators.  Click here to obtain a copy of the Children 1st Screening and Referral form.  Click here to view Instructions to complete the form.

Great Start Georgia:  Maternal Infant Early Childhood Home Visiting (MIECHV)

Children 1st is participating in Great Start Georgia an initiative through the Governor’s Office for Children and Families which will include an Information Referral Center (IRC). The IRC will identify all children born in Georgia who are at risk for poor health and development through Georgia’s Electronic Birth Certificate system. The Central Intake Call Center will take referrals, link families to public and private services, and manage a resource directory. The toll-free number for this call center is 1-855-707-8277.  Families in Children in Clarke, Crisp, DeKalb, Glynn, Houston, Muscogee, and Whitfield Counties will be eligible to participate in Maternal Infant Early Childhood Home Visiting (MIECHV) program.

Georgia’s Online Analytical Statistical Information System (OASIS)

OASIS is a standardized health data repository and provides aggregate birth and death data by counties and by years.

Georgia Birth Defects Reporting and Information System

The Georgia Birth Defects Reporting and Information System (GBDRIS) is a surveillance system designed to provide information on incidence, prevalence, trend and epidemiology of birth defects.  Cases of birth defects are reportable to the Division of Public Health through the GBDRIS within 7 days of the confirmatory diagnosis.

Other Public Health Programs and Services

Georgia Healthy Homes and Lead Poisoning Prevention (GHHLPPP) 

Click here for information on Georgia’s surveillance system for blood lead levels and environmental tests results and selected healthy homes variables;

Georgia Tobacco Quit Line Now Available Teens

The Georgia Tobacco Quit Line is a free resource that is now able to help tobacco users ages 13 and older. Quit Line can be reached by calling 1-877-270-STOP. Spanish speakers are encouraged to dial: 1-877-2NO-FUME; TTY: 1-877-777-6534 for the hearing impaired. The Quit Line provides counseling, a resource library, and support and referral services over the phone. Georgia Tobacco Quit Line educational materials are available to post in your office or to give to your patients. Please visit to review the materials. For additional information and to order materials for your practice, call 404-367-2762.