The ‘Value Chain’ shows Georgia’s leadership in life sciences
As home to more than 400 life sciences companies, Georgia is a thriving center of this growing industry. Much of the growth, stability and success we enjoy can be attributed to what the Georgia Department of Economic Development calls “The Georgia Value Chain.” I’m the state’s director of Life... Read more
Planning a flu shot? There’s another vaccination you may need
As we say goodbye to another summer, signals for fall are appearing: changing leaves, school buses, football, and of course, advertisements urging you to get that flu shot. These days, about 40 percent of adults ages 18 to 64 get a flu shot, but many who are at risk... Read more
Why I’m at odds with my party on health care
“Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced.” (James Baldwin)   With a proven record of cutting waste and reducing spending, I am a fiscally conservative Republican, as well as a health care professional. But the Georgia GOP legislative leadership... Read more
Georgia needs to put its foot down on ‘step therapy’ for diabetics
More than 1 million people in Georgia live with diabetes and are at risk for developing chronic, debilitating and potentially permanent nerve pain, known as diabetic peripheral neuropathy (DPN). Currently, the American Diabetes Association estimates that more than 60 percent of Americans with diabetes also suffer from diabetic peripheral neuropathy.... Read more
Invest in our state by closing the coverage gap
My expertise lies in public health, not in finance or investments. However, it is my understanding that in order to reap rewards, one first has to invest. One example is my retirement account. I give up a small amount of money out of each paycheck so that I can... Read more

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