Intensive care coordination helps to save money by serving youth with severe mental health in community-based settings rather than inpatient facilities, according to a study published by Georgia Health Policy Center researchers in the Journal of Mental Health Policy and Economics. This is the first study to find evidence of longer-term spending reductions for… more »
Georgia is home to one of the nation’s largest populations of individuals with sickle cell disease, with more than 7,000 individuals living with the disease in almost every county in Georgia. Data from public health, hospitals and insurance claims are collected in Georgia to better understand who lives with the disease, how and where they… more »
An article by Giselle Moses, a research coordinator for the Georgia Health Policy Center, was featured in The Signal. Moses discusses the importance of blood donation, especially in the case of patients living with sickle cell disease and thalassemia. View the article here.
Can affordable housing policies lead to healthier communities? Based on recent work by the Georgia Health Policy Center, the answer is a resounding yes!
Investments in affordable housing improve the health, quality of life, and opportunities for Georgia residents. Furthermore, developing more affordable housing in areas of “lower-risk” could save the lives of up to… more »
This week, in conjunction with Communities Joined in Action’s (CJA’s) annual conference, the Georgia Health Policy Center released A Summary of Learnings from Catalysts, the latest installment of the “Take-Home Advice from Community Initiatives Improving Health & Equity” series.
This is the final in the series and serves as a capstone reflecting on… more »
From 2011 to 2014, the prevalence of obesity in the United States was just over 36% in adults and 17% in kids and teens. Why should employers and community organizations care about these statistics? Medical costs and negative impacts on the productivity and well-being of current and future employees are two of the reasons. Read… more »
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 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 »
Glenn Landers was quoted in the Dec. 4 SaportaReport regarding his study on county smoking bans in bars and restaurants.