Building a Healthier Georgia
For Georgia to grow and thrive, we need to invest in the health of our population. In addition to the need to focus on public health and prevention, there is a growing recognition that factors outside the formal health system also impact the health of individuals, families, and communities. To make inroads in improving population health, we need to look "upstream" at social determinants of health at the same time we work to make the health system work better for consumers. Learn more about our work to build a healthier Georgia on this page.
Housing is a basic necessity that is deeply and inextricably tied to a person’s health. In order to live healthy lives, Georgians need stable, affordable housing that is safe, free from health hazards (such as mold and pests), and located in areas where they can easily access nutritious foods and reliable public transportation. For … Read More >
A partnership to prevent alcohol and drug use Georgians for a Healthy Future, the Georgia Council on Substance Abuse, and the Center for Pan Asian Communities Services are working together to build a future where Georgia youth have access to substance use prevention and mental health services they need. By joining and supporting our efforts, … Read More >
Adequate transportation is important to the health of Georgians because in most cases people need to go to a location outside of their homes to receive medical care. Without access to reliable, safe transportation, Georgians may be forced to skip health appointments, go without medication and ultimately, experience worse health outcomes. The Georgians in the … Read More >
There is a growing recognition that factors outside the formal health system such as education, housing, economic opportunity, and transportation can impact the health of individuals, families, and communities. To make inroads in improving population health, we need to look “upstream” at social determinants of health in addition to factors within the health system such as … Read More >
Our state’s public health system and workforce is fundamental to the health and well-being of Georgians. Improving the health of all Georgians means placing an intentional focus on public health and prevention. Georgians for a Healthy Future supports a strong public health system and the adoption of evidence-based practices that improve health outcomes. Our work in this area ranges … Read More >
In addition to overall health outcomes and indicators that consistently place Georgia in the bottom tier nationally, our state has considerable health disparities between communities. Racial and ethnic minority communities, rural and low-income urban communities, and those with disabilities and chronic mental illness, all experience worse health and worse opportunities for health than their peers. … Read More >