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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 »

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 »

Bridging for Health Advisory Panel Insights Part 2: Keeping an Eye on Innovations in Financing Upstream Drivers of Health

Posted On May 3, 2017
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We recently asked the Bridging for Health advisory panel for their insights on innovative ways to finance upstream drivers of health.


Sources of Money “I think there are two pots of money to pay attention to: financing (finding an investment partner) and finding the money associated with value that’s created from the intervention itself… more »

ACA Increases Medicalized Treatment of Substance Use Disorders

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) appears to be having an impact on medicalizing treatment of substance use disorder (SUD), according to a study recently published in the Journal of Psychoactive Drugs. While organizational changes at treatment centers and shifts in treatment approaches were modest from 2010-2014, the increases in referrals from health care providers,… more »

Bridging for Health Advisory Panel Insights Part 1: Strengthening Coalitions to Improve Health Equity

Posted On April 19, 2017
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“Coming together is a beginning, staying together is progress, and working together is success.” — Henry Ford


Building and sustaining a strong coalition of diverse, yet invested participants is no small challenge. We recently asked the Bridging for Health advisory panel for their tips for building an inclusive collaborative, pitfalls to… more »