Last Thursday, Georgians for a Healthy Future, the Georgia Budget & Policy Institute, Partner Up for Public Health and the Georgia Rural Health Association returned to Butler, Taylor County for our second symposium in our Building a Healthy Georgia campaign. The event focused on workforce and economic development, the value of access to care and the importance of public health. Local community leaders, elected officials, key stakeholders, health care professionals and members of the general public brought their expertise and passion to the conversation and helped highlight local challenges in having a readied workforce and a healthy community. We also discussed how the health of our communities means more than just access to care–it also means fiscal health. We were energized by the level of engagement and interest in working collaboratively to address our most pressing issues in the state and we look forward to continuing the dialogue!
The Butler forum was the second in a series of events meant to address local community health care issues by pulling together the people who live, work, and represent them and their families. The next forum will take place in Athens on September 27th from 4 PM to 6 PM at the Georgia Center, University of Georgia. This forum will explain the role that public health has in our everyday lives and how critical it is to be actively engaged in its promotion in the future. It will also explore the changing face of public health from a state, federal and local perspective and underscore the opportunities to guide its direction moving forward. You can find out more about the Athens event by clicking here.