Peach Pulse: June 16, 2011


Building a Healthy Georgia

For nearly a year, we’ve been bringing the Peach Pulse to your inbox. Our hope is that it is interesting, informative, and equips you with the information and tools you need to be an effective advocate.

During the 2011 Legislative Session, we kept you updated on bills moving through the legislature that would impact health care consumers, developments with the nation’s new health care law, and other national issues affecting Georgia health care consumers.  We will continue to keep you updated on public policy developments happening in Georgia and nationally throughout the summer and fall, but also want to utilize this forum to highlight opportunities to engage on health care issues through Town Halls, Educational Forums and Health Fairs. Don’t worry–we will still have those other important updates in there!

Georgians for a Healthy Future, along with several coalition partners, is embarking on an exciting new project, the “Building a Healthy Georgia” Campaign. The effort will bring together community leaders, health care providers, consumers and small business owners to foster a dialogue on the most pressing health care issues in local communities, and we hope you’ll get involved.

Between now and October, we will hold forums in 9 cities: Alpharetta, Athens, Butler, Macon, Rome, Savannah, Gainesville, Augusta and Tifton.  Each event will have a different focus in order to address most pressing health care issues in these communities.  As these events are scheduled, we will be sure to share the details as well as an opportunity to participate.

Additionally, if you are planning an event of your own and would like to incorporate information from the health care consumer lens, we are always happy to come and speak to your group or to provide materials.  Please contact Amanda Ptashkin if you would like to include Georgians for a Healthy Future in your upcoming event!

Upcoming Events


Building a Healthy Georgia: Exploring Policies and Practices to Improve Children’s Access to Health Care Services

Georgians for a Healthy Future, along with partnering groups HealthSTAT and Voices for Georgia’s Children, invites you to participate in a community conversation centered around the barriers that children in your area face when accessing vital health care services.  With your 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.

WHEN: Thursday, August 25th, 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
WHERE: The Salvation Army Ray and Joan Kroc Corps Community Center of Augusta
CONTACT: For questions, please contact Amanda Ptashkin.  To RSVP, click here.  While we request RSVP, please note that there is no cost to attend this event.

Sandra Mobley,PhD, RN, Assistant Professor, Dept. of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Georgia Health Sciences University
Joann Yoon,JD, Assoc. Policy Director for Child Health, Voices for Georgia’s Children
Denise Kornegay,MSW, Program Director, AHEC Network
Michelle Putnam,MPH, Executive Director, HealthSTAT
Amanda Ptashkin,JD,Outreach and Advocacy Director, Georgians for a Healthy Future

To learn more about this event, click here.


Town Hall Conversation: Safely and Effectively Navigating Healthcare Today

Community leaders, civic organizations, healthcare providers and hospitals are collaborating to provide you with valuable healthcare information that everyone must have to safely and effectively navigate healthcare today.  The evening will feature discussion around patient safety as well as how healthcare reform might impact you and your family.  The event will include:

  • Free health screenings
  • Materials in various languages
  • Food and beverages, and
  • Opportunities to ask questions

WHEN: Tuesday, June 28th, 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
WHERE:  Atlanta Community Food Bank
732 Joseph E. Lowery Boulevard
Atlanta, GA 30318
CONTACT: To make a reservation or for more information, email or call 404.525.1085