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Money Follows the Person Yields Medicaid Savings in Georgia

A Georgia Health Policy Center study confirms that Medicaid programs can achieve savings by providing long-term services and supports in the community setting. In Georgia, savings were seen across three populations served by the Money Follows the Person (MFP) program—individuals with developmental or physical disabilities and older adults—after they transitioned from facilities back to… more »

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 »

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 »

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 »

Exposure to Crime Linked to Poorer Behavioral Health in Teens

Self-reported crime exposure is significantly associated with poorer behavioral health in adolescents, according to a study published recently in the Community Mental Health Journal by a Georgia Health Policy Center researcher. Since both direct victimization and indirect exposure, through witnessing violence or knowing someone who was victimized, are independently tied to poorer mental health… more »

GHPC Increases 2016 Research Output as Part of Five-year Research Strategic Plan

Posted On October 2, 2017
Categories Featured Stories

The Georgia Health Policy Center is in the midst of implementing its five-year strategic plan for research. In 2016, GHPC took important steps to grow the center’s research outputs and strengthen its research partnerships across the Georgia State University community and beyond.

GHPC is committed to expanding its research capacity over the next five… more »

“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 »