Vision, Mission, and Core Values


The Fulton County Board of Health (FCBOH) is guided by core values that shape our public health policies and work throughout Fulton County.

On July 1, 2017, the Fulton County Department of Health and Wellness transitioned into a new governance and became the Fulton County Board of Health.  As one of 18 public health districts in Georgia, we are now aligned with the Georgia Department of Public Health (GDPH). As the largest single health district in Georgia, FCBOH serves nearly one million citizens who reside in Fulton County. Our health centers now include state-of-the-art clinics to serve our clients along with a newly renovated Office of Vital Records located in the Fulton County Government Center. The Office of Vital Records offers state-of-the-art technology and a waiting area that features Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) seating to accommodate all customers more efficiently.

Board of Health's nearly 400 employees serve a diverse population that utilizes our eight health centers located throughout the county.  Our goals are to protect residents from health threats, increase access to health services to improve health outcomes, and provide information that assists Fulton County citizens in living healthier lives.


All People are Healthy


The Fulton County Board of Health is committed to promoting and protecting the health of individuals, families, and communities.


Integrity: Demonstrating truthfulness, honesty and fairness in every situation.

Excellence: Setting and achieving a high standard of excellence.  Getting things done efficiently and effectively. 

Embracing change and using it to continuously learn and improve ourselves and our services.

Teamwork: Exemplifying teamwork by collaborating and communicating across services and programs and by partnering with others to achieve mutually beneficial outcomes.

Data Informed Decision-Making: Making decisions that are informed by data and valid scientific evidence.

Innovation: Applying our intellectual curiosity, creativity and expertise to advance high-quality public health practices. Using promising technology to find solutions.

People-Focused:  Treating everyone we encounter with respect and compassion. Responding with a service-oriented attitude toward our clients, communities and colleagues.

Accountability: Adhering to the highest standards of accountability and professional responsibility.





Dr. S. Elizabeth Ford has served as the District Health Director and Chief Executive Officer of the DeKalb County Board of Health since February 2005. She manages a diverse array of public health programs that serve over 730,000 people who live, work and play in the county. Dr. Ford was asked to serve as the Acting Director of the Georgia Department of Human Resources Division of Public Health during the agency’s reorganization in 2008, where she helped to develop statewide policies and legislation and enforce public health laws and regulations. Dr. Ford, a board-certified pediatrician, received a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Stanford University, a medical degree from Howard University’s College of Medicine and a Master’s degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Health Services Administration from Howard University’s Graduate School of Business. She is a fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics. Dr. Ford is a board member and executive committee member for NACCHO: National Association of County and City Health Officials and she is a member of the 2019 Leadership Atlanta class. Currently, Dr. Ford is also the interim District Health Director for Fulton County.

Under Dr. Ford’s leadership, the DeKalb County Board of Health has successfully applied for more than $20 million in federal funds to address health disparities, including $5.6 million from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) to promote smoke-free environments, physical fitness and improved nutrition. More recently the agency received a Minority Youth Violence Prevention: Integrating Public Health and Community Policing Approaches grant from DHHS and the U.S. Department of Justice aimed at curbing violence and improving the health and well-being of underserved and distressed communities. The agency also recently received a Racial and Ethnic Approaches to Community Health (REACH) grant from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Just as hospitals and schools are expected to be accredited, public health departments now have the opportunity to obtain accreditation. The DeKalb County Board of Health has been accredited by PHAB: Public Health Accreditation Board since March 2016. DeKalb was the 2nd and largest, county to be PHAB accredited in Georgia. Accreditation has strengthened trust and communication between the DeKalb County Board of Health and the community. Accreditation’s focus on continuous improvement will benefit those who live, work and play in DeKalb County.

Dr. Ford’s dedication to minority health and health inequities has led to appearances on CNN, CNN International and local Atlanta stations, including FOX, ABC, CBS, NBC, and Public Broadcasting radio.

Dr. Ford has received many awards in recognition of her commitment to public health. She received the Fulton-DeKalb Hospital Authority’s 2012 Healthcare Hero award and a Dominique Wilkins Foundation’s 2012 Legendary Humanitarian Award. She was recognized in 2012 by Black Health Magazine as one of Atlanta’s 25 Most Influential African American Doctors, by the Atlanta Tribune as one of 2007 Superwomen and by el Club de Comerciantes and the Black Latino Council as a 2010 Power Player of the Year.

Otis W. Brawley,

Chairman of the Board

Renay Blumenthal,

Board Member

Edward "Jack"
Hardin, Esq.

Vice-chair of the Board

Natalie Hall,
Fulton County Board of Commissioners,
District 4

Board Member

Clint W. Owens,
M.S.N., R.N.

Board Member

Lynne P. Meadows,
R.N., B.S.N., M.S.


Carla Smith, R.N.
Atlanta City Council Member

Board Member



Fulton County Board of Health
10 Park Place, 6th Floor, Suite 617
Joan P Garner Conference Center
Atlanta, GA 30303

Dates 2019:
January   23  Agenda
     April        24  Agenda
     July         24  Agenda
     October   23

Meetings begin at 10:30 a.m.




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