Peach Pulse | Tomorrow’s mental health convo., free policy workshop, volunteer with GHF & more!


May 2022


Join GHF in celebrating Mental Health Month via Facebook Live! 

Georgians for a Healthy Future will host a Mental Health Awareness Month discussion on FaceBook Live tomorrow, May 25th. GHF’s Knetta Adkins, Deanna Williams, and Treylin Cooley will be joined by joined by Camila Gomez, Center for Pan Asian Community Services, Inc. (CPACS) and Tom Lui, DLWellness, LLC to highlight the intersection of MH Awareness Month and Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month.

Their energizing conversation GHF will highlight a new Georgia law that improves insurance coverage for mental health and substance use disorders. The group will also discuss a new special enrollment period to help more Georgians get covered, and identify how insured and uninsured Georgians can access to mental health services.

Tune in tomorrow, May 25th, at 12pm to GHF’s Facebook page!

GHF also celebrated Mental Health Awareness Month at two other events. We were so pleased to participate in Children’s Mental Health Day at the Capitol and the Rosalyn Carter Georgia Mental Health Forum. We are happy to continue the incredible mental health advocacy from the legislative session through May and through many months to come.



Join for a free policy workshop! 

The Community Voices for Health–Georgia (CVH-G) team will be hosting a FREE policy workshop centered around the following six issue topics chosen by community health workers:

  • affordable housing
  • mental health/substance abuse
  • senior health
  • healthcare access/chronic disease
  • maternal health
  • access to transportation

This workshop will help turn your policy ideas into action by guiding you through the process of developing a policy pitch with the help of subject experts.

At the end of the workshop, participants will have the opportunity to present their issue to policy makers and field experts who will provide valuable feedback; further empowering you to be stronger voices for change in your communities.






























We need public health and public health needs us!

Our state’s public health system and workforce is fundamental to the health and well-being of Georgians—as we’ve all learned during the COVID-19 pandemic. Over the last two years, Georgia’s public health workers and agencies have heroically responded to a global crisis by focusing on our health and well-being, and they did it without adequate support, resources, or staff. This monumental response effort has left public health in need of attention. That’s why GHF and our partners are kicking off an initiative to support, invest, and rebuild public health in Georgia! Join us and say “YES” to public health here!

Show your support for public health in Georgia today! Stand with GHF, our partners, and Georgians across the state as we advocate for a strong, resilient public health system and workforce. With your support, we can build the public health system and workforce that Georgians need and deserve—one that is grounded in science, built on partnerships, and focused on results!

















Celebrate more Medicaid for moms!

Continue celebrating a Medicaid win for Georgia moms and babies! Governor Kemp signed the state budget this month, giving final approval to a Medicaid change that will allow new mothers to keep their Medicaid coverage for 12 months (up from 6 months) after birth or miscarriage.

While this move marks progress, we are disappointed to report that in the same budget, the Governor rejected the expansion of Medicaid to low-income Georgians living with HIV. This program would have covered 12,000 Georgians and saved $53 million that the state could spend on HIV prevention instead. This move follows a legislative session where state leaders again refused to expand Medicaid to all low-income Georgians.

Join us in saying “Thank You, And….” to the Governor and General Assembly. This two-part note recognizes the progress they’ve made for new parents and urges them to go further by expanding Medicaid to other low-income Georgians.


























Interested in volunteering with GHF?

Volunteering with Georgians for a Healthy Future provides an opportunity to raise your voice, connect with like-minded people, and make a difference on the health issues that matter most to you.

Georgians for a Healthy Future volunteers engage on three levels:

  • Supporters are our digital champions. By liking, sharing, and commenting, you can help ensure the voice of health care consumers is heard on social media.
  • Advocates volunteer at our events, participate in our issue campaigns, and attend lobby days to talk with their elected officials.
  • GHAN (Georgia Health Action Network) members go above and beyond, working closely with GHF staff and other community leaders who are passionate about building a healthy, equitable future for all Georgians. GHAN is a volunteer-led program that supports you to organize and lead local and state efforts to spark policy change for a healthier Georgia.

Join Georgians for a Healthy Future and learn more about the work of our organization and how we strive to build and mobilize a unified voice, vision, and leadership to achieve a healthy future for all Georgians. You will also learn how volunteering with Georgians for a Healthy Future provides an opportunity to raise your voice, connect with like-minded people, and make a difference on the health issues that matter most to you.

Georgia needs to hear from you! 

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 welcome other stories too, so don’t be shy!

Share your story now! Write or record your story here.


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