GHPC Releases Three-Year Sickle Cell Disease Research Plan

Over the past several years, Georgia has built a robust set of sickle cell disease (SCD) surveillance data for the purpose of developing and disseminating scientific evidence to inform policies and practices that will improve the health, quality of life, and life expectancy of individuals with SCD.

This comprehensive dataset, which will soon include years… more »

Georgia Receives $391,000 Grant from The Kresge Foundation for “Healthy Families” Project

Posted On July 27, 2017
Categories Press Releases

ATLANTA–The Georgia Department of Community Affairs (DCA), in partnership with Southface and the Georgia Health Policy Center (GHPC), is pleased to announce the support of The Kresge Foundation in a joint venture with local public housing authorities (PHAs) to improve the ability of PHAs to address residents’ health through better quality housing and improved access… more »

ARCHI Enables Region’s Most Comprehensive Community Health Needs Assessment

All too often local hospitals view each other as competition, rather than as partners in solving population health challenges. In Atlanta, five health systems are cooperating in an unprecedented way.

Nationally, nonprofit health systems are required to regularly complete community health needs assessments (CHNAs) to maintain their tax-exempt status. Very rarely have independent health… more »

County Smoking Bans in Bars, Restaurants Cut Asthma-Related Hospitalizations

Posted On June 20, 2017
Categories Featured Stories

Expanding smoke-free laws in bars or restaurants may be more impactful in preventing asthma-related hospitalizations than smoke-free laws in nonhospitality workplaces, according to a study published online May 14 in the Canadian Respiratory Journal.

While the majority of nonhospitality workplaces (e.g., office buildings) are covered by either public or private smoking bans, only about… more »

World Blood Donor Day

June 14 is World Blood Donor Day, which serves to raise awareness of the need for safe blood and blood products, and to thank blood donors for their voluntary, life-saving gifts of blood. The Georgia Health Policy Center encourages all who are able to donate blood, especially African-Americans. African-Americans and other black descendants have historically… more »

GHPC Presents at the National Rural Health Association

Continuing a long tradition of supporting rural communities in community health systems development, researchers from the Georgia Health Policy Center made several presentations at the National Rural Health Association Conference held in San Diego, Calif. May 9-12, in partnership with project officers from the U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration’s Federal Office of Rural… more »

School-Based Mental Health Programs Impacting Georgia Schools, Students

School-based mental health programs have positive outcomes for students, their families, and their schools, according to evaluation results from the first year of the Georgia Apex Program.

During the 2015-2016 school year, the program, administered by the Georgia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities, Office of Children, Young Adults, and Families, built… more »

GHPC’s Chris Parker Quoted in the Georgia Health News

Posted On May 8, 2017
Categories In the Media

Chris Parker, GHPC’s director of population and global health, was quoted on March 29 in the Georgia Health News article, “Affluent suburban counties remain Georgia’s healthiest, rankings show.” The article focuses on county health rankings based on eight components: overall health outcomes; length of life; quality of life; overall health factors; health behaviors; clinical care; social… more »