Peach Pulse | Calling Georgia public health workers, GHF’s new board & team members, Medicaid unwinding help & more!


April 2023


GHF is hosting focus groups to hear from public health workers. Sign up today!

Are you a Georgia public health worker? GHF would like to invite you to take part in Community Conversations! Fill out this interest form to participate. These discussion groups with state, local, and district public health workers will help GHF better understand how to best support and strengthen Georgia’s public health systems and workers. Topics of discussion will focus on Georgia’s public health workforce, local and state public health policies, the public’s trust in public health workers and agencies, and more. Your participation and feedback will remain anonymous.

The information collected from these focus groups will help GHF and partner groups effectively engage the public and state leaders about what public health does and its value important in our lives.

We will host three sessions for public health workers in: 1) Rural local or district PH departments; 2) Non-rural local or district PH departments; and 3) the Georgia Dept. of Public Health. Each discussion group will take place virtually and last approximately 90 minutes.

Participation incentive: $25 gift card per participant.

If you would like to take part in Community Conversations, fill out this interest form. Please reach out to Knetta Adkins, Organizing Manager at or 404-400-2715 with any questions. 



GHF welcomes four new board members
Berneta L. Haynes, Wayne K. Hoffman, Bob Trammell and Deric Gilliard have all joined the GHF Board of Directors!

These four board members bring a breadth of experience and knowledge that will inform and guide GHF’s work over their terms of service. Join us in welcoming our new board members and learn more about
GHF’s Board of Directors and Staff on our website.


Join GHF in welcoming our new health insurance navigator! 

Angelica Rivera is a health insurance navigator focusing on Georgia’s LGBTQ+ community. Angelica is a social worker by training

and has worked with many diverse groups.

In this role, Angelica will conduct outreach and provide enrollment assistance to uninsured and underinsured Georgians, as well as those covered by Medicaid and through She will focus primarily on partnering with and serving the LGBTQ+ and Native American communities in Georgia.

We are pleased Angelica has joined our team! You can read more about her and find her contact information on GHF’s Staff & Board of Directors page.




Confused on what this Medicaid unwinding means for you? GHF is here to help!  

Visit GHF’s new unwinding webpage for a tutorial video about the unwinding, helpful resources, easy ways to spread the word in your community, and more!

On April 1st, Georgia started the process of checking Medicaid and PeachCare for Kids members to see if they are still eligible for their coverage. (This process comes after three years of continuous Medicaid coverage protections that Congress put in place at the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic.)

During this time, Medicaid and PeachCare for Kids members may be asked to provide up-to-date information about themselves or their household, or to complete certain steps. To avoid losing or having gaps in coverage, it is very important to respond to these requests.

Interested in sharing your renewal experience? Share your story here!





















Don’t stress! You can still apply for coverage in some circumstances.

If you need help with the Medicaid renewal process or have a life event that impacts your health insurance, GHF is here to help. We can answer questions about Medicaid, PeachCare, and private health insurance through the Affordable Care Act. We can also help you navigate the renewal or application processes.

Have questions or need help? Connect with health insurance navigator Deanna Williams at or (470) 654-5509.

More information is available on GHF’s Get Help with Health Insurance webpage.
















Share your health care story now! 

Your story matters and we are here to amplify yours. Our fellow Georgians and our lawmakers need to hear about your health challenges and victories.

Experiences like yours let lawmakers know what’s working, and what’s not, in our health care system. Your story shows our leaders why we need to change laws & policies so that health care is more affordable, accessible, and benefits our communities. Let our GHF team work with you to share your health care story.

We’re particularly interested in hearing from you if you are uninsured, enrolled in health insurance through, have or had medical debt, or have Medicaid coverage.

This year GHF documented stories from community members following two local hospital closures in Glenwood and Cuthbert, Georgia. We are humbled to share both stories with you today in two videos.

Watch the Glenwood and Cuthbert stories on our Georgia Can’t Wait page. Learn more about how communities struggle when hospitals are allowed to fail, in part because of our leaders’ refusal to expand Medicaid to their uninsured constituents.

We welcome all stories, so don’t be shy! Share your story now! Write or record your story here.



Thousands of Georgians could lose Medicaid and PeachCare for Kids as COVID-19 rules phase out
WABE | April 7, 2023

A Georgia bill to increase mental health funding failed to pass the Senate. What happened and what’s next?
Georgia Law News | April 8, 2023

Georgia’s Medicaid redetermination process gets rolling
Capitol Beat News Service | April 25, 2023


Toolkit: When to Take an At-Home COVID-19 Test
Public Health Communications Collaborative

The Public Health Communications Collaborative has created a new resource outlining key scenarios and considerations for when you should take an at-home COVID-19 test. Use this new PHCC resource to help your community determine when they should take an at-home COVID-19 test and what to do when they get their results.

Messaging: What are the latest updates to COVID-19 vaccine recommendations?
Public Health Communications Collaborative

Here are the latest updates from Public Health Communications Collaborative.