Peach Pulse | Awardees for our 15th year, we moved, new Pathways resources, & more!


August 2023


Celebrating the policymakers, advocates, and partners who helped GHF along the way!

On September 12th, GHF will celebrate 15 years of reimagining and reshaping Georgia’s health laws! In our first 15 years, we have been privileged to spark real changes to our state’s policies while working alongside Georgians from Albany to Athens, from Ringgold to Brunswick.

GHF’s first 15 years of accomplishments would not be possible without dozens of organizational partners, community members, and state leaders. That is why we are proud to recognize four Georgians who have had outsized impacts on GHF’s past and present, and on the well-being of Georgia families with the following awards. Please join us in applauding these individuals now and at our 15th anniversary celebration!

Linda Smith Lowe Health Advocacy Award
Cindy Zeldin, Vice President of Health Policy & Government Affairs,​ Healthcare Georgia Foundation

Powerhouse Policymaker Awards
Commissioner John King, Office of the Commissioner of Insurance & Fire Safety

Dante McKay, Director, Office of Children, Young Adults & Families at the Georgia Dept. of Behavioral Health & Developmental Disabilities

Community Impact Award
Vira Salzburn, Program Director for Safety and Resilience programs, Chatham County Safety Net Planning Council

Join us to recognize these individuals and their contributions to health equity in Georgia, and celebrate GHF’s 15 years of impact! RSVP today! We look forward to seeing you there.

Tuesday, September 12th  |  6-8 pm  | Historic Academy of Medicine

Sponsorship opportunities are available!



GHF has moved!  

We moved earlier this month! We are only a few floors up from our previous location. Our new address is:

50 Hurt Plaza SE, Suite 1130, Atlanta, GA 30303.

Please update your address book or other records as needed.
Thank you!




Celebrate community health workers with us!

This week is National CHW Awareness Week (NCHWAW), which is the first-ever national campaign to celebrate community health workers (CHWs)! Ths week is aimed at increasing awareness and support of the hardwork of CHWs. If you aren’t familiar with CHWs, check out this information from our partners at Georgia Watch!

Community health workers are front line public health workers. They use their proven knowledge of various communities to help community members navigate health care services and other social services. They may help arrange transportation so a patient can get to their doctor’s appointment, or call to make sure a mother was able to fill a prescription for their child and understood the instructions from the doctor. CHWs are also powerful advocates for their communities’ health and wellbeing.

How can you help support CHWs and public health in Georgia? Sign the petition to let state leaders know that it is time to fully invest in Georgia’s public health workforce and systems! Add your name to support community health workers and ensure public health agencies have the resources and support they need!




















What you should know about Georgia’s Pathways program! 

Governor Kemp’s Pathways to Coverage program (aka “Pathways”), started July 1st. Pathways is a new Medicaid program for uninsured adults who are working at least part time and have low incomes.

Uninsured Georgia adults (ages 19-64) with incomes at or below the poverty level can apply for Medicaid coverage if they meet stringent work requirements. Check out GHF’s new flier for more information about who qualifies for Pathways and how to apply.

If you think you may qualify, visit to apply for coverage. If you need additional help, please contact one of GHF’s health insurance navigators:

Here is a fact sheet to go over all the information you need to know about and a fact sheet comparing Mediciad Expansion vs. Pathways.

Medicaid expansion is still the best option for Georgians

Want to know the difference between Pathways and Medicaid expansion? Check out our new graphic for an easy comparison!

Estimates from the Georgia Department of Community Health suggest that 31,000-100,000 Georgians will gain coverage under the Pathways program. That means that Pathways will leave behind more than 300,000 Georgians who will remain uninsured.

Luckily, Georgia leaders can replace it with a program that covers more people, is simpler, and costs less per person: Medicaid expansion! Too many Georgians have been left without coverage for far too long. Our state leaders must choose the best way forward for our state. Medicaid expansion is the right choice.
















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. We now have a new way to submit your story!

Text in your story? Now you can! Text “MedEx” to “52886”

We welcome all stories, so don’t be shy! Share your story now! Write or record your story here. Story sharers may be paid for their time.



Georgia Medicaid program with work requirement off to slow start even as thousands lose coverage
Associated Press | August 18, 2023


Messaging: Recommendations to Encourage Routine Childhood Vaccinations
Public Health Communications Collaborative

As kids prepare to return to school this fall, routine childhood and age-specific vaccinations are a top public health priority.