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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Access to Healthcare is Limited for Women in Rural Georgia

The Georgia Senate Women’s Adequate Healthcare Study Committee met for the first time on Monday, September 14, 2015 at the State Capitol and focused on the availability of OB/GYN services and chronic disease management services in Georgia.  The committee heard from Dr. Brenda Fitzgerald, Commissioner and State Health Officer for the Georgia Department of Public […]

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House Study Committee on Health, Education, and School-Based Health Centers

During the 2015 General Assembly session, the Georgia House approved HR 640 creating the House Study Committee on Health, Education, and School-Based Health Centers.  This study committee is exploring ways to expand Georgia’s school-based health centers to meet the needs of under served children and youth in our schools. The study committee met on September […]

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Illuminating Global Goals for Sustainable Development

This is a big week for global anti-poverty efforts.  Later this week, world leaders will gather in New York City at the United Nations to ratify the Global Goals for Sustainable Development, a framework to end extreme poverty for the world’s poorest people.  Rock star Bono of U2 fame and co-founder of the ONE Campaign […]

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Odyssey of the Mind Is In The Air

The teams work for months.  A team member has an idea so huge that she cannot sit down.  She gestures wildly and pantomimes what it will look like in action.  That sparks the next kid to stand up with an add-on he just thought of, and soon the whole team is laughing and shouting over […]

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