Food insecurity in farm country, and how a ‘manna drop’ helps fight it
This is the second in a series of articles about health care in Southwest Georgia, an area of the state that has great health needs and challenges, but also some innovative approaches to such problems. The series is the product of a collaboration between Georgia Health News and the... Read more
Campus groups say slavery a modern menace
Student-run organizations at the University of Georgia, Georgia Tech and Georgia State University are raising awareness about human trafficking and working with local organizations to combat it. Human trafficking involves illegally trading people for exploitation or commercial gain. Traffickers use force, fraud or coercion to lure their victims and... Read more
EPA chief tells Georgians that agency’s mission is public health
The EPA’s administrator told a gathering at Atlanta’s Morehouse School of Medicine on Thursday that she wants her organization viewed “as a public health agency.” Gina McCarthy emphasized the importance of environmental effects on health at a roundtable discussion at Morehouse, which including medical students, local college professors and... Read more
Commentary: Dental Association defends its stand on House bill
A bill to allow Georgia dental hygienists to work in safety-net settings without a dentist present met an unexpected, controversial fate during the recent session of the General Assembly. The legislation appeared destined for passage after apparent agreement among all concerned parties. But then it was blocked by the House... Read more
Obama, visiting Atlanta, calls for bigger anti-drug commitment
President Obama, speaking in Atlanta at a summit on drug abuse, said Tuesday that government must spend more money on treatment of people addicted to opioid drugs. The nation’s surging opioid epidemic, he said, “is costing lives and devastating communities.”   Opioid drugs include heroin as well as prescription... Read more

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