Start Your Day with a Dose of Calcium

May is National Osteoporosis Month The National Osteoporosis Foundation estimates that osteoporosis and low bone mass affect 54 million Americans over the age of 50.  Osteoporosis causes an estimated two million broken bones each year, and the aftereffects are often devastating, resulting in pain, loss of mobility, and the need for long-term care.  You can […]

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Buyers of Trafficked Children are Unmasked

You have seen the numbers.  No matter which organization is publishing the statistics, Georgia is always listed in the top 5 places in the United States for sex trafficking, particularly Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking (DMST). There are many reasons for this.  Our airport, Hartsfield-Jackson, is the busiest in the world.  Atlanta sits at the intersection […]

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The Unholy Tour of Atlanta: An Eyewitness Account

The Georgia Commission on Women has been involved in the issue of human trafficking for many years, so when Public Service Commissioner Tim Echols’s office asked us to assist with his “Unholy Tour of Atlanta,” we jumped at the chance to be involved.  For the past three years, Commissioner Echols has hosted a bus tour […]

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WASP Make History in World War II

This is not a time when women should be patient.  We are in a war, and we need to fight it with all of our ability and every weapon possible.  Women pilots, in this particular case, are a weapon waiting to be used.  – Eleanor Roosevelt, 1942   I just finished the best book.  It […]

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Provide Safe Harbor For DMST Victims By Voting Yes in November

Ballot initiative Safe Harbor Yes is vitally important for getting victims the help they need.   A favorite annual event that I attend as part of the Georgia Commission on Women is DMST Lobby Day at the State Capitol.  Lobby Day is hosted each February by Street Grace, Georgia Cares, and Wellspring Living, organizations that […]

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Changing of the Guard at the Georgia Commission on Women

I have known many formidable women in my time, but none can hold a candle to the force of nature that is Nellie Dunaway Duke. Governor Deal’s office called me almost four years ago to ask me to consider accepting an appointment to the Georgia Commission on Women.  I asked all the important questions you […]

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Women’s Healthcare Providers in Georgia

The Georgia Senate Women’s Adequate Healthcare Study Committee met on November 9, 2015 at the State Capitol.  Again they heard from state experts on women’s access to healthcare in Georgia, but this time the presenters focused on women’s healthcare providers and ways to improve access to care for women in rural areas of the state. Physician Workforce […]

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OBGYN Shortage in Rural Georgia Hampers Access to Care

The Senate Women’s Adequate Healthcare Study Committee met on October 26, 2015 at the Tift Regional Health Center in Tifton, GA to discuss women’s access to healthcare in rural Georgia.  Dr. Paul Browne and Dr. Chadburn Ray of Medical College of Georgia and Dr. Adrienne Zertuche of the Georgia Obstetrical and Gynecological Society presented information […]

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Breast Cancer, Alzheimer’s, Osteoporosis, and Heart Disease in Georgia

Diseases That Predominantly Affect Women The Georgia Senate Women’s Adequate Healthcare Study Committee met at Augusta University in Augusta, GA on October 6, 2015.  The Study Committee heard from experts about the top health concerns affecting women in the state, including breast cancer and cervical cancer, aging issues such as Alzheimer’s disease and osteoporosis, and cardiovascular disease.  Information was […]

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Children’s Mental Health House Study Committee

The Georgia House Study Committee on Children’s Mental Health held their second meeting on October 20, 2015.  They heard presentations from Amerigroup Georgia, Georgia Department of Community Health, Peach State Health Plan, and Well Care Health Plans, Inc.  Study Committee members include Rep. Katie Dempsey, chair, Rep. Joyce Chandler, Rep. Pat Gardner, Rep. Rick Jasperse, […]

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Apple Butter by the Bushel

It is October in Georgia, and the morning air has that hint of crispness that means it is apple-picking time in the North Georgia Mountains.  This is one of my family’s favorite fall activities, and if we can tack it on to the end of a camping trip like we do most years, that is […]

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Senate Study Committee on Youth Mental Health and Substance Use Disorders

The Georgia Senate Study Committee on Youth Mental Health and Substance Use Disorders met on September 15, 2015.  The committee heard from Travis Fretwell, Director, Office of Behavioral Health Prevention, Garry McGiboney, Ph.D, Georgia Department of Education, and Neil Campbell, Executive Director, Georgia Council on Substance Abuse. Travis Fretwell, Director, Office of Behavioral Health Prevention [slideshare […]

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