Building a Healthy Georgia

Building a Healthy Georgia is a collaborative public education campaign spearheaded by Georgians for a Healthy Future and partner organizations Voices for Georgia’s Children, HealthSTAT, Georgia Budget & Policy Institute, AARP of Georgia and the Georgia Rural Health Association. The purpose of this effort is:

1) to foster a dialogue with community leaders, medical providers, health care stakeholders, social services professionals, human services agencies, and individual consumers in several Georgia communities on the most important health care issues facing these communities;

2) to discuss public policy initiatives at the local, state, and national levels that can address these issues; and

3) develop a more cohesive statewide network of health care advocates.

In an effort to address the various needs and issues of local communities and the vast array of topics surrounding health care in Georgia, each forum will have a tailored focus which will engage local community leaders, health care providers, small business owners and health care consumers.  Below are the topics and dates for each forum that was held in 2011. 



Thank you to all of those across the state that have participated in our Building a Healthy Georgia symposia series.  The work is far from over, there are still more cities and more conversations to come in 2012.  Check back after the New Year to see if we will be in a town near you–better yet, let us know if you’d like to partner with us to hold a forum on a particular health care topic of importance to your community!




“Building a Healthy Georgia: Widening the Safety Net and Ensuring Greater Access to Care”

Georgia has traditionally ranked poorly on health indicators from obesity to diabetes and 1 in 5 Georgians is currently uninsured.  We have primary care shortages across the state, particularly in rural areas and access to care continues to be a major roadblock to improving health outcomes.  With the passage of the Affordable Care Act, Georgia has an opportunity to address these systemic problems but there is a huge gap between what the new law allows for and what people perceive it accomplishes.  In an effort to bridge that gap, this forum will bring together medical professionals, safety-net providers, small business owners, and students/academia to examine how people who currently use the safety net and are uninsured will have new options under the ACA, what that will look like and how to empower communities to take up the cause and make upcoming changes to Georgia’s healthcare infrastructure work for consumers across the state.

DATE:                   Wednesday, November 30, 4 PM to 6 PM
LOCATION:      Coastal Georgia Center, 305 Fahm Street, Savannah, GA 31401
RSVP:                   To RSVP, click here, email Amanda Ptashkin or call 404-890-5804

For more information about the event and a list of speakers, click here.



“Building a Healthy Georgia: The Impact of Health Care Reform on Central Georgia’s 50+ Community”

Confused about the new health care reforms? You’re not alone.  The Affordable Care Act is full of new benefits, rules, penalties and projects, spread out over several years. To help you understand what the health care law means for you and your family, Georgians for a Healthy Future, along with AARP of Georgia is hosting this panel discussion. We’ll answer questions like:

  • What does the law means for uninsured adults aged 50+?
  • How will the individual insurance market change?
  • How will the law help me pay for my prescription drugs?
  • What will it take to make the ACA work for all Georgia citizens?

DATE:                 Tuesday, November 15th, 2 PM to 4 PM
LOCATION:      Macon Marriott Convention Center, 240 Coliseum Drive, Macon, GA 31217
RSVP:                 To RSVP, click here, email Amanda Ptashkin or call 404-890-5804

For more information about the event and a list of speakers, click here.






“Building a Healthy Georgia: The Role of Future Public Health Professionals and Public Health Policy-making ”

The term “public health” encompasses anything from providing vaccinations that prevent the spread of disease to ensuring food safety standards.   In recent years, spending on public health has dramatically declined yet the need for those services still exist, particularly in a state as geographically diverse as Georgia.  Engaging students, professors, health care providers and the larger public health community, 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.

DATE:                   Tuesday, September 27, 2011 4 PM to 6PM
LOCATION:       University of Georgia, Georgia Center 1197 South Lumpkin Street | Athens, Georgia 30602, Room F/G
RSVP:                   To RSVP, click here, email Amanda Ptashkin or call 404-890-5804

For more information about the event and a list of speakers, click here.



“Building a Healthy Georgia: Workforce Development and the Value of Ensuring Access to Quality Health Care”

This forum centers around how the state is bolstering workforce development, what new opportunities are available through the Affordable Care Act and how business owners, health care providers, community leaders and health care consumers can take advantage of upcoming opportunities to improve health care and access in Georgia.

DATE: September 8th, 3 PM to 5:30 PM
LOCATION:            South Crescent Technical College, Taylor County Center, 196 East Main Street , Butler, GA 31006
RSVP:                        To RSVP, click here, email Amanda Ptashkin or call 404-890-5804

For more information about the event and a list of speakers, click here.







“Building a Healthy Georgia: Exploring Policies and Practices to Improve Children’s Access to Health Care Services”
This forum will foster a community conversation centered around the barriers that children in Augusta face when accessing vital health care services.  With active engagement, the goal of this symposium is to catalyze a statewide effort to advocate for policy and practice changes to remove existing access barriers and strengthen the overall health care delivery system in Georgia.

DATE:                        Thursday, August 25th, 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
LOCATION:             The Salvation Army Ray and Joan Kroc Corps Community Center of Augusta, 1833 Broad Street, Augusta, GA 30904
RSVP:                         Click here, email Amanda Ptashkin or call 404-890-5804.

For more information about the event and a list of speakers, click here.



Please be sure to check back to this site often for more updates on upcoming forums and opportunities to get involved.

Thank You to Our Sponsors:

Georgia Health Foundation

Southern Partners Fund

A Special Thanks to the Following Organizations for their Support:

Healthcare Georgia Foundation

Kaiser Permanente of Georgia

Small Business Majority


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