What is Georgia Health News?
Founded in July 2010 as a Georgia nonprofit, Georgia Health News is an independent news organization devoted to covering health care in the state. We are serious about our independence and are not affiliated with any political party, special interest organization or activist group. Our mission is to fill the widening gap in media coverage with a substantive website that provides crucial information about health care in Georgia. GHN features original stories and feature stories written by longtime health journalist Andy Miller. Georgia Health News also posts health articles written by other media outlets and offers a resource guide for Georgia consumers to help them navigate an increasingly complex health care system.
Why is Georgia Health News a nonprofit?
Nonprofit journalism is a growing media trend, combining a nontraditional business model with a traditional commitment to journalistic standards. Several nonprofit journalism organizations have sprouted successfully on a national and state level in the past five years, including ProPublica and MinnPost. Some of these nonprofit news groups are focused solely on health. Kaiser Health News is a national news organization covering health care, while Health News Florida and the Kansas Health Institute News Service each report on health care in their respective states.
GHN, organized as a Georgia nonprofit, has received 501c3 status from the Internal Revenue Service.
Georgia Health News will accept sponsorship agreements from reputable organizations in order to sustain and advance our mission. With a sponsorship, your organization can display your logo, web address and/or other identifying information on the main page or other pages of Georgia Health News, or on email alerts.
Background of Andy Miller, CEO and editor of Georgia Health News
Andy Miller has been a health care journalist for the past 25 years. From 1992 to mid-2009, he covered health care for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. He won numerous awards for his newspaper reporting on hospitals and health insurers, state government and Georgia’s mental hospitals.
Miller has been an Association of Health Care Journalists member for 17 years and is past president of the organization’s Atlanta chapter. He was a Kaiser Family Foundation health journalism fellow in 2001-2002.
He has worked as a freelance health care reporter for several organizations, including WebMD, AOL’s WalletPop, Kaiser Health News, msnbc.com and AARP Bulletin.
Miller graduated from Duke University in 1973 and received a master’s in education from Duke in 1979. He was a social studies teacher and basketball coach in a school system in North Carolina before switching careers to journalism.
Miller lives in Atlanta with his wife and children.
The Board of Georgia Health News is:
Linda Lowe, an Atlanta-based public policy advocate specializing in health issues, representing Families First and the Georgia Breast Cancer Coalition at the Capitol.
Gary Redding, former commissioner of the Georgia Department of Community Health, and currently a consultant for Thomson Reuters in Atlanta.
Tracy Thompson, CEO, executive director, Mercy Health Center, Athens, Ga.
David Tatum (chairman), vice president of government affairs and chief public policy officer for Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta.
Patricia Thomas, the first holder of the Knight Chair in Health and Medical Journalism at Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication, at the University of Georgia.
Cynthia Wainscott, longtime advocate for people with mental illness; board member of Mental Health America.
John Bare, Vice President for Sports Philanthropy and Affiliated Funds, Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation.
Kirk McGhee, Vice President and Regional Counsel, Kaiser Permanente.
Andy Miller, CEO and president of Georgia Health News, and an award-winning journalist at the AJC for 24 years.
To John Brown of law firm Arnall Golden Gregory, who provided pro bono legal work for Georgia Health News in its incorporation as a nonprofit and its application for 501(c)3 status with the IRS.
Thanks to Pat Puckett and the Statewide Independent Council of Georgia, who have provided invaluable expertise, advice and management of Georgia Health News’ finances. The SILC staff have donated many work hours to GHN’s startup and we are enormously grateful to them as our fiscal agent for helping handle our finances. SILC is a nonprofit, consumer-controlled organization whose vision is the equal participation of people with disabilities within their communities. Access to adequate, affordable health care remains a barrier to many people with disabilities and one of the goals to which the SILC is dedicated.
And thanks to Jason Davis and Picobarn, who did amazing work in designing and creating the website of Georgia Health News. They provide terrific online marketing support for GHN. Picobarn’s data-driven approach delivers strategic intelligence and measurable results for the online marketing needs of small and mid-sized businesses.
Much thanks to our associate editor, Gerdeen Dyer, who keeps us accurate, writes wonderful headlines, and provides great story ideas and advice. Gerdeen is a key to GHN”s success. Kudos, too, to Sonya Collins, who provides great editing and advice for our submissions from the UGA master’s degree journalism students.
If you share our mission to provide timely and important news of health care in the state, Georgia Health News asks that you support us with a donation. Your tax-deductible gift will help us to grow and expand our original reporting.
You can mail us a check, made payable to Georgia Health News. Your contribution is tax-deductible.
Here’s the address to mail a check:
Georgia Health News
2635 Rangewood Court
Atlanta, Ga. 30345
Thanks for your investment in Georgia Health News!
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