Testing for lead in school water often rates a failing grade
PART  SIX OF SPECIAL REPORT By Andy Miller and Erica Hensley Andy Miller is editor and CEO of Georgia Health News, and Erica Hensley is a freelance health care journalist based in Athens. This investigation was done in collaboration with WebMD, and was supported by a grant from The... Read more
39th and 41st: More subpar health rankings for Georgia
Georgia remained at 41st in a national ranking of the healthiest states compiled by the United Health Foundation. Placing in the 40s is a typical ranking for the Peach State on health measures. Other Southern states did equally poorly. In America’s Health Rankings, released last week, Massachusetts, Hawaii, Vermont, Utah... Read more
Are state’s HIV laws unfair? Activists say it’s time for change
Nina Martinez moved to Georgia from Washington, D.C., in 2005. Just a few months after she settled into her new Atlanta home, she learned about Georgia’s criminal laws regarding people disclosing their HIV status to others. It personally changed things for her. “As a person living with HIV, I... Read more
Blue-ribbon panel urges stronger mental health services for Georgia kids
The landmark 2010 settlement agreement between Georgia and the Justice Department to improve mental health services in the state had one glaring gap. It didn’t address services for children. Despite some successful funding and programs since then, the need for more and better funded mental health care has presented... Read more
HIV in America is increasingly a Southern problem
The numbers tell an alarming story: How the South is the U.S. epicenter of the HIV epidemic. Half of the new HIV diagnoses occur in the South, as well as half of the AIDS-related deaths. And the region has just one-third of the U.S. population.   Eight of the... Read more

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