Commentary: Require masks, promote vaccination
More than half of all Georgia public school students are now required to wear masks in class, the Associated Press reported recently. One physician organization would like to see mask requirements extended to more schools – and to other settings. In a new GHN Commentary, the president of the... Read more
As physicians, we stand firm in favor of mask mandates
By Dr. Ericka Russell-Petty We, the doctors of the Georgia State Medical Association, want to express our alarm and concern over the current surge of the Covid-19 pandemic. The data over the course of the pandemic have documented that African Americans are disproportionately impacted by Covid-19, have excess negative health consequences, more... Read more
Foundation OKs grants for groups promoting healthy social conditions
The term “social determinants of health’’ refers to conditions under which people live and work that can affect their health risks and outcomes. These non-medical factors, positive and negative, can include safe housing and transportation; discrimination and violence; education; access to nutritious foods and physical activity; and pollution in... Read more
Hospital closure: A rural Black community loses a lifeline
This article first appeared in STAT, which gave Georgia Health News permission to republish it. Photos are by Bethany Mollenkof for STAT. By Olivia Goldhill In every corner of Latasha Taylor’s home are plants she knows nothing about. After years spent shirking her mother’s calls to join her in... Read more
Black, Latino Georgians lag behind whites in COVID shots, report says
Blacks and Latinos in Georgia have significantly lower COVID-19 vaccination rates than whites, a newly released Kaiser Health News analysis shows. Thirty percent of whites in Georgia have had at least one shot, yet they trail another group — Asians, who are at 44 percent. The data were provided... Read more

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