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CCSS Honored for Evidence-Based Programs

five employees posing with the EBP Award
February 21, 2024

Cobb County Senior Services is celebrating two recent awards from the Atlanta Regional Commission recognizing our contributions to the well-being of older adults through our evidence based initiatives. We received both the Evidence Based Aging Services Coalition 2023-2024 Above and Beyond Award and the Evidence Based Program Coach 2023 - 2024 Peer to Peer Recognition Award.

Promoting Evidence-Based Programs:

The Above and Beyond Award applauds Cobb County Senior Services' dedication to promoting evidence-based programs that demonstrably improve the lives of older adults. Between September 2022 and December 2023, we conducted a nine workshops, with three currently ongoing, reaching over 124 participants. These programs included "Powerful Tools for Caregivers," "Matter of Balance," "Tai Chi for Arthritis," and "Bingocize."

Additionally, we hosted two Tai Chi for Arthritis trainings and have three staff members certified in multiple programs, actively leading workshops and inspiring others to follow suit. We actively recruit and support volunteers, provide space for instructor trainings, and collaborate with non-traditional partners like Cobb Public Libraries, trauma centers, and even fire and emergency services to ensure broader access to these impactful programs.

Recognizing Individual Excellence:

The Evidence Based Program Coach 2023 - 2024 Peer to Peer Recognition Award shines a spotlight on the individual contributions of Shatiba Butler, Community Health Educator with Cobb County Senior Services. Nominated by peers and selected by volunteers, Shatiba is recognized for her exceptional effort and dedication. Since April 2023, she has implemented three cycles of Bingocize, consistently receiving positive feedback for her engaging facilitation style. Her commitment to continuous learning is evident, having earned three EBP certifications and leading multiple workshops herself.

Setting the Bar High:

"We are so thankful to have such dedicated staff and volunteers committed to improving the health and quality of life of older adults with these high impact programs," said Amy Woodell, Community Health and Education Manager for Cobb County Senior Services. These awards are a testament to our commitment to excellence, setting a high bar for senior programming in the region and making a positive difference in the lives of older adults.

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