DFCS leader’s farewell: Agency is no longer ‘four-letter word’
Bobby Cagle, who as DFCS director was praised for leading a turnaround at the state agency, has departed for a child welfare position in Los Angeles. This past week, Cagle sent this letter to DFCS staff, thanking them for helping fuel the agency’s progress. Here’s Cagle’s farewell letter:  ... Read more
International scientist finds her niche in Georgia — fighting a worldwide scourge
At the University of Georgia’s Center for Vaccines and Immunology, long fluorescent-lighted hallways with card-access doors lead into multiple labs. Large observation windows display science in action — with researchers performing tasks that are not always clear to the lay person. In one such scene, Dr. Monica Cartelle Gestal... Read more
Commentary: We know how to improve birth statistics in Georgia
Georgia’s premature birth rate is going up, recent statistics show. And it’s no coincidence that the state also has high rates of infant mortality and low birthweight babies. Merrilee Gober, a nurse who is a board member of Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies Coalition of Georgia, says preterm births and their consequences don’t... Read more
When pollutants escape into our waters, the food chain suffers
Daniel Parshley slices through a sea trout’s flesh with a quick, clean motion. His instructions are a chant, well-rehearsed, now seemingly part of his muscle memory. Remove the skin, cut off the fatty parts, lose the belly flap, repeat. Seagulls fly overhead, watching the action, and one dive-bombs a... Read more
March of Dimes gives state another ‘D’ on preterm births
A new March of Dimes report card gives Georgia a “D’’ grade for its preterm birth rate, which rose last year to 11.2 percent from 10.8 percent. Ten other states and the District of Columbia also got a “D,’’ while four others and Puerto Rico received an “F” on... Read more

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