Knowing Your Family History is Good for All

The holidays are here, or at least they’re about to be, and I can think of no better time to have conversations with family about family than when different generations are gathered together. Certainly there are many seasonal activities that may feel more rewarding: the traditional meal of family favorites and the annual exchanging of gifts spring immediately to mind. …

Changes in Breast Cancer Screening

One of our community members was recently handed devastating news from her doctor: “You have breast cancer.” Fortunately this middle-aged professional, we’ll call her “Susan,” was notified by her physician that the alert radiologist reviewing her mammogram suspected that the small lump might be cancerous and recommended further screening. She underwent a biopsy and was told that her cancer was …

NGHP to host first “Senior Living Seminar” on October 16

We’re fortunate to live in a time when life expectancy is high for most Americans, approaching the 80-year mark for both males and females. But it seems as if those golden years can creep up on us much faster than we often expect. And before we know it, we’re looking at a list of options for our retirement decades which …

NGHP Plans 2015 Bike Around Murray Event for October 3

It’s that time of year again – time to gear up for a fun day of scenic cycling – as the date of our second annual Bike Around Murray (BAM) event is fast approaching. This year, BAM will take place on October 3, a Saturday that we hope will provide perfect bike riding weather in which to spend a long …

NGHP Seeks Sponsors for Erwin Mitchell Community Health Fair

Last year, more than 1,000 people attended the Erwin Mitchell Community Health Fair, taking advantage of accessing health care services and gaining information on living a healthy lifestyle. Fortunately, many of those attendees were able to be diagnosed as a result of their attendance with existing conditions such as diabetes, hypertension, and high cholesterol, which enabled them to begin treating …

Northwest Georgia Healthy Babies

Bringing a healthy baby into the world is a blessing, and in most cases, it’s no accident. That’s because mothers-to-be today have access to excellent pre-natal care, care our grandmothers probably only dreamed of. But for a certain sector of our population, particularly the under- and uninsured, access to affordable prenatal care is frequently non-existent. That can be a problem, …

NGHP Teams up with Verizon and NRHA on a Diabetes and Technology Research Project

The Northwest Georgia Healthcare Partnership (NGHP) has been selected to administer a new pilot program on the impact that the use of technological devices may have on the management of diabetes, NGHP officials announced today. Program cosponsors Verizon and the National Rural Health Association (NRHA) have selected Murray County to be their first “rural community” to aid in a nationwide …

Summer Sun and Skin Cancer

With the 4th of July just around the corner, many of us are anticipating the fun of picnics, fireworks, boating and other outdoor activities. I know I am. There’s no doubt that this is the time of year when everyone should take precautions on the water and on the road. But it’s also time to be extra vigilant when it …

NGHP Expands Reach into Other Counties

Soon, the Northwest Georgia Healthcare Partnership will be extending its outreach beyond Whitfield and Murray Counties, thanks to a generous grant from one of our funding partners. With additional resources, the NGHP will begin offering services and programs in Gordon County and will expand existing services within Murray County, extending the work of its community health workers (CHWs) and providing …

ADA Promotes Diabetes Alert Day

Who doesn’t need a “wake-up” call now and again? According to the American Diabetes Association (ADA), the 86 million Americans – yes, that’s 86 million – who are pre-diabetic could use an annual wake-up call to assess their risks for developing this serious disease. Diabetes Alert Day is an annual event sponsored by the ADA that takes place on the …