Angie Callaway isn’t out to change the world. But she is out to make a difference locally as the nurse manager at the Murray County Health Department.

“I love nursing, especially in public health,” said Callaway, a 1984 graduate of Northwest Whitfield High School. “It seems like we are reaching a group of people that need us. We are making a difference not only in one person’s life, but the whole community.”

Callaway is no stranger to public health, having served as a nurse at the Whitfield County Health Department for several years and as a nurse in the Whitfield County school system.

Most recently, Callaway was the nurse supervisor of the children’s access clinic at the Whitfield County Health Department. She began as nurse manager in Murray in April, filling a position that had been vacant for several months. The Murray department has 14 employees.

“I’ve been in nursing since 1993,” Callaway said. “I graduated from Dalton College. I worked in home health care, hospice, and at an adult day care center, where we mainly had Alzheimer’s patients.”

Callaway earned her bachelor’s degree in science and nursing from the University of West Georgia in 1995. She said she always wanted to be a nurse.

“I have a compassion for people, and I wanted to give back to society,” she said. “I want to feel like what I am doing is making a difference. I don’t want to just draw a pay check.”

One of her main goals is to strengthen the Children First program. Children First “ensures children 5 and under have a primary care physician” and makes referrals to social service agencies for additional care for income eligible families, Callaway said.

“We see if children’s shots are up to date, if they are on WIC (Women, Infants and Children), and if they have a (health) provider,” Callaway said. Health department officials keep in touch with doctors to make sure the children are coming regularly for necessary shots and checkups.

“If at any point the doctor says that he hasn’t seen them, we start trying to locate them,” Callaway said. “This is the single point of entry for children into the public health care system. We want to make our young mothers aware of our resources out there. We can help them get in touch with other programs that can help them, such as a parenting class at the Family Support Council, or get them in Head Start or find child care.”

Callaway plans to team with Ingles to do a car seat check in July. The dates will be announced.

“We hope to do a lot more partnerships in the community,” she said.

Nursing is a big part of Callaway’s life, but not the only part. She is married to Cary. They have two sons, ages 16 and 20.

“I am an avid Northwest High School baseball fan,” Callaway said. “I like to quilt. I say one day I am going to retire and join a quilting bee.”

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