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“A Healthy Atlanta Is A Competitive Atlanta” by Kathryn Lawler

Leaders of ARCHI, the Atlanta Regional Collaborative for Health Improvement, recognize that health and well-being are baseline conditions, essential to the success of investments in education, workforce development and infrastructure.

Read more about why ARCHI’s mission is critical to the competitiveness of the city of Atlanta in Kathryn Lawler’s column… more »

CJA Releases Advice for Collaboratives Working on Community Health

Find commonality. Think long-term. Remain open to learning. This is some of the advice leaders from national initiatives give to organizations working to maintain collaborative efforts to improve community health in the latest installment of Communities Joined in Action’s “Take-Home Advice from Community Initiatives Improving Health & Equity” series.

Nationally, a large number of… more »

South Fulton High Schoolers Are First to Be Trained as Community Health Workers

Changing the world can sound daunting. Even achieving local change can be hard. But, 40 Atlanta-area high school students are changing the health and well-being of their community five people at a time.

High school students in the underserved Tri-Cities area of Atlanta, near the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, have become the first in the… more »

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 »

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
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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 »