A Covid crisis that was not inevitable
By Dr. Harry J. Heiman Our current crisis was not inevitable. Eighteen months ago we faced the collective challenge of a global pandemic the likes of which we had never seen. This required a tremendous learning curve in the understanding and response by a public health workforce that had... Read more
As physicians, we stand firm in favor of mask mandates
By Dr. Ericka Russell-Petty We, the doctors of the Georgia State Medical Association, want to express our alarm and concern over the current surge of the Covid-19 pandemic. The data over the course of the pandemic have documented that African Americans are disproportionately impacted by Covid-19, have excess negative health consequences, more... Read more
Don’t delay! Ban menthol cigarettes
By Dr. David Satcher Race has long been a key determinant of public health in this country, and as U.S. Surgeon General under President Bill Clinton, I saw those disparities – and worse outcomes for Black Americans – every day. In 1998, I released the first Surgeon General’s report on “Tobacco... Read more
Georgia’s troubled health care system
By Jack Bernard and Dr. Doug Skelton  The results are in for all of America to see, and Georgia has finally made it . . . to very near the bottom of the pile. Shameful, but true. Georgia has a booming economy and is one of the fastest-growing states... Read more
Join fight against climate change to protect health
By June Deen and Dr. Anne Mellinger-Birdsong In the past year, a global pandemic killed millions of people worldwide and thousands here at home. COVID-19 exposed weaknesses in our health system and health inequities as people of color became infected and died at higher rates. We are coming out of the... Read more

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