April 6-12 is National Public Health Week. We believe it’s important to remind people about the benefits of a strong public health system, and not because we want to pat our own backs. But in a time of shrinking budgets, and in a country with a healthcare system in crisis, public health needs community support.
Georgia legislation aimed at reorganizing the Department of Human Resources passed on the last day of the session. Read more for a summary of the new legislation.
UPDATE: The deadline for submitting nominations has been extended until April 30th for the 2009 Sellers McCroan Award.
The final version of the State of Georgia’s 2009 budget has been signed, and more than $2.44 million was restored to the budgets of Georgia’s county health departments.
Cover the Uninsured Week is March 22-28 in 2009. Event organizers have developed free resources to help you spread the message about the impact of uninsured Americans.
UPDATE: HB 229 Passes House.
Legislation is being developed to combat childhood obesity in Georgia. Find out more about the bill and how you can offer support.
Critical funding for School Nurse salaries may be eliminated in the next round of state budget cuts. The GASN has created an online petition, and is asking all interested parties to sign the petition to urge legislators to keep the funding intact.
UPDATE: Abstract submission deadline extended to 5 p.m. Friday, Feb. 13.
The National Association of Local Boards of Health is offering a scholarship to students seeking degrees in various public health fields. The application deadline is May 8, 2009.
The report finds that savings could add up to $426 million for healthcare payers in Georgia in just five years.