Commentary: Fighting lung cancer among communities of color
Statistics show that lung cancer has a disproportionate impact on communities of color. A new GHN Commentary outlines steps that can be taken to end health disparities related to this diagnosis. “Lung cancer adversely affects certain communities partly due to a history of targeted advertisement by tobacco companies, a... Read more
It’s time to address health inequities in lung cancer
By Rochelle Smalls and Dr. Daniel Miller Lung cancer is called the “silent killer” because it is the leading cause of cancer-related deaths and is often diagnosed in its later stages. It is generally associated with cigarette smoking, though it can be caused by pollutants in the air. Additionally, lung... Read more
Employer teamwork boosts vaccine access for Latino community
Three rival Georgia carpet companies took a break from their floor-covering competition to focus on a foe that united them: COVID-19. Mohawk Industries, Shaw Industries and Engineered Floors collaborated on a COVID vaccination event for the workers at their Dalton-area plants recently. Almost 5,000 shots were administered over two weeks... Read more
New treatment sought for two struggling hospitals
Five years ago, Marietta-based Wellstar Health System bought five Georgia hospitals from Tenet Healthcare. The prize of the lot was seen to be North Fulton Hospital in suburban Roswell, not far from Wellstar’s hub. Today, it’s doing well financially, as expected. Two other hospitals, in towns on the southern... Read more
Race and COVID: Stark disparities in rural Georgia
A USA Today analysis shows that of the 10 counties in the nation with the highest death rates from COVID-19, five are in Georgia. Hancock County is No. 1 on the list. The Middle Georgia county, with a death rate from COVID-19 of 45.7 per 10,000 residents, became a... Read more

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