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Why Join GPHA?
The Georgia Public Health Association is the largest group of public health professionals in the Southeast. Becoming a GPHA member gives you access to a network of more than 1,000 other public health professionals, and opportunities for continuing education, recognition and awards, scholarships and much more. The members of GPHA are dedicated to promoting and protecting the health of Georgians, and we can achieve even more when we work together.
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2015 Legislative Priorities
Georgia Public Health Association supports:
• Hold harmless funding in the FY2016 budget for those counties that would otherwise lose General Grant-in-Aid funding under the new distribution formula adopted in 2011.
• Increasing the total amount of Formula Grant-in-Aid dollars distributed to counties.
• Adequate funding and resources to support our local public health workforce in preventing disease, promoting wellness and preparing for emergencies.
• A $1.00 per pack cigarette tax increase, or similar legislation that may be offered, including increased taxes on other tobacco products.
• Programs for the treatment and prevention of childhood obesity.
• Telehealth and telemedicine programs in rural areas.
• Programs and funding that will help stabilize and revitalize healthcare facilities and workforce in the rural areas of Georgia.
• Graduate Medical Education incentives that are designed to persuade primary care professionals to practice in Georgia and especially in rural areas of the state.
• The ongoing modernization of the Office of Vital Records.
• Capital funding that would enable the “enterprise systems modernization” at the Department of Public Health.
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Map Shows which GA Counties Are at Highest Risk for Lead Poisoning Apr 21 2016
The very public scandal in Michigan about lead in the drinking water has many people asking – are my children at risk? The Atlanta Journal Constitution recently published a map provided by the GA Dept. of Public Health, showing which counties in Georgia have the highest risk of lead poisoning.
GPHA Names Senator Dean Burke Legislator of the Year Apr 20 2016
Sen. Dean Burke, MD (R-Bainbridge), has been recognized as the 2015-16 Legislator of the Year. Among his contributions, Sen. Burke introduced legislation creating the Maternal Mortality Committee, authored a bill that enabled public health to better serve HIV patients, and helped pass a measure to modernize Georgia’s medical school loan repayment programs.
Investing in the Healthiest Nation Apr 07 2016
As part of an awareness campaign for National Public Health Week, the American Public Health Association compared the health of our nation to that of other high-income countries, and offers a plan for improving our public health.
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Rural Hospital Stabilization Pilot Program Part 3: Plans and Progress of the Hub & Spoke Model
The Rural Hospital Stabilization Pilot Program was established to assist in the financial stability to rural hospitals through genuine care integration across the continuum of care. This event will happen on Monday, April 25th.
Resources and Grant Opportunities
We have links to some grant opportunities and research awards available to public health professionals. Visit our Resources page for more information.