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Center of Excellence for Children’s Behavioral Health to Support Implementation of the Governor’s Children’s Mental Health Recommendations

The Georgia Health Policy Center will support Georgia’s Interagency Directors Team (IDT) in the implementation of the recommendations released by the Governor’s Commission on Children’s Mental Health. The commission’s newly released report provides recommendations for improving state mental health services for children that focus on important behavioral health needs including school-based… more »

Georgia Making Strides Against Childhood Obesity

Posted On December 12, 2017
Categories Featured Stories, News

Georgia has made great strides in addressing childhood obesity over the last 15 years. Many of these efforts are highlighted in the November/December supplemental issue of Public Health Reports. Georgia’s work to address physical activity, nutrition, and weight status, using a multidisciplinary approach, has implications for public health practitioners nationally. The Georgia Health Policy Center… more »

GHPC Shares Open Enrollment Outreach Tips

The Georgia Health Policy Center compiled approaches rural communities across the country are using for the 2018 Marketplace Open Enrollment period. The brief, Benefits Counseling Tips, offers advice for how to most efficiently and effectively educate and support consumers this open enrollment period, which will be significantly shorter and with drastically reduced outreach funding,… more »

Homeless Youth Lack Supports to Maintain Physical, Mental Well-Being

Homeless youth face increased social isolation and fewer support resources, according to a study published in Social Sciences by Georgia State University sociologists. The survey of homeless youth in Atlanta revealed that having more supportive network ties reduces the risk of youth experiencing significant symptoms of a severe mental illness, while longer length of… more »

Paulding School’s Nutrition, Fitness Efforts Earn State Childhood Obesity Funding

Posted On October 20, 2017
Categories In the Media

Second-graders ran and kicked rubber balls around New Georgia Elementary’s gym on a recent school day.

Their teacher is hoping thousands in state money will give future students a variety of new ways to stay physically fit and nutritionally sound.

Gov. Nathan Deal’s childhood obesity initiative, called Georgia Shape, recently awarded a $3,000 school health… more »

Georgia REdHHoTT Launches Continuing Education Course for Transfusion Safety

The Georgia REdHHoTT project, with support from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), has launched a free, web-based continuing education series to increase awareness of and adherence to evidence-based transfusion practices in sickle cell disease (SCD).

Blood transfusion is an established therapy for treating and preventing certain SCD-related complications. The goal of… more »

Implications of Cost-Sharing Reductions for Georgia

On Oct. 12, the White House announced that the federal government would immediately stop making payments to insurers, called cost-sharing reductions, that reimburse insurance companies for lowering the costs of health insurance for low-income Americans.

This announcement, thrust cost-sharing reductions into the headlines. The Georgia Health Policy Center recently published a brief and made… more »