Blacks’ lower vaccination rates linked to distrust
By Katja Ridderbusch When Randall Hampton got his first dose of Pfizer’s coronavirus vaccine in mid-January, he asked the nurse to give him the booster shot right away. “But they wouldn’t do it,” he says, shrugging his shoulders. “They wanted me to come back three weeks later.”  (As eager... Read more
South has high rate of unreported COVID deaths, study says
Story updated Southern states have higher rates of unreported COVID-related deaths than other regions of the country, according to a new study. The study, led by Andrew Stokes, a professor of global health at Boston University School of Public Health, analyzed deaths in 787 U.S. counties that had more... Read more
Public Health hopes to spare vital HIV center as budget cuts revised
The Trump administration last year laid out an ambitious plan to reduce new HIV infections. Among 48 U.S. counties targeted for special federal help on HIV were four populous counties in metro Atlanta: Cobb, Fulton, DeKalb and Gwinnett. It wasn’t surprising that those four counties were picked. Georgia has the... Read more
Commentary: Those who most need COVID help 
Communities of color have been disproportionately impacted by COVID-19. And that’s not a surprising development, says a new GHN Commentary. Dr. Harry J. Heiman and Rodney Lyn, of the Georgia State University School of Public Health, point to the high prevalence of chronic disease and other health conditions in... Read more
Blacks bearing brunt of COVID-19 across state, Morehouse study shows
The higher the percentage of blacks in a Georgia county’s population, the higher the county’s COVID-19 rate is, a Morehouse School of Medicine study has found. The school’s analysis of Georgia data comes at a time when various reports are pointing to a disproportionate share of the viral disease among... Read more

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