Date of Award


Degree Type

Capstone Project

Degree Name

Master of Public Health (MPH)


Public Health

First Advisor

Dr. Harry J. Heiman

Second Advisor

Julia Neighbors, JD

Third Advisor

Jyll Walsh, MPH, CHES

Fourth Advisor

Natalie Towns, MSW


This work is a comprehensive issue brief outlines the causes and consequences of child abuse and neglect, how the Georgia Child Abuse & Neglect Plan provides guidance to address those problems, and how child- and family-serving providers and community leaders can operationalize the plan. The purpose of the brief is to align objectives of the Child Abuse & Neglect Plan with the Governor’s Priorities to implement prevention in all sectors throughout the state to create safe, stable, nurturing relationships and environments.

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