A new van that will deliver health care to Georgia children continues a trend of bringing medical services to schools.
Peach State Health Plan is partnering with Kids’-Doc-On-Wheels, a pediatric organization, to run the new mobile health clinic. It will offer well-child exams, asthma and allergy monitoring, immunizations and behavioral health care, along with other services.
“The goal is delivering health care and meeting students where they are,’’ said Dr. Melinda Willingham, co-medical director of Kids’-Doc-On-Wheels, at a ribbon-cutting Tuesday for the mobile clinic. “A lot of children are not accessing medical care.’’
Kids’-Doc-On-Wheels already ...
A Georgia physician who visited migrant border facilities last month says she was alarmed by the signs of children’s stress there.
Dr. Sally Goza of Fayetteville, president-elect of the American Academy of Pediatrics, said Monday that the visit by herself and other pediatricians underscored the organization’s position that the Border Patrol facilities are not a good place for children, and that kids should be there for as short a time as possible.
“We believe that pediatricians should be there to care for the children,’’ Goza added.
She talked of a boy crying inconsolably at a ...
“Public health” is much more than a term that most people vaguely recognize.
Agencies that fall under this category play a vital role in Georgia and other states, and they do their work at the community level.
“We believe that Georgia’s county public health departments accomplish much more than most taxpayers realize,’’ say Dr. William Elsea and Jack Bernard in a new GHN Commentary.
Traditional functions include environmental health/regulation; women’s health services; screenings; immunizations; planning for catastrophes; prevention and control of communicable diseases; and health education.
But there are nontraditional things that public health ...
State regulators have a backlog of about 200 complaints against nursing homes that need investigation, officials say.
A high number of job vacancies for nurse surveyors is a major cause of the complaint backlog, according to the state Department of Community Health.
The agency said the unaddressed nursing home complaints were not “immediate jeopardy’’ problems, when the health and safety of patients are judged to be at risk of serious harm. (Here’s a recent example of an immediate jeopardy case in Georgia.)
“If there is an immediate jeopardy [case], that gets a priority,’’ Frank Berry, commissioner of Community Health, said recently.
General complaints can ...
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