National Diabetes Month – 5210 Challenge

November is National Diabetes Month, a time when individuals and organizations across the country pay particular attention to this medical condition, which can lead to serious health problems affecting the heart, the kidneys, the circulatory system, and vision. Diabetes is a serious disease affecting more than 29 million people, or about 9 percent of the U.S. population. Most troubling is …

Ebola vs. Flu Concerns

Over the past few weeks, I have run into a number of folks who seem to be very concerned about the Ebola epidemic. In fact, just the other day someone told me that he was staying awake at night worrying about the Ebola crisis and how it might be migrating to America. Concerns about Ebola are understandable. The Ebola virus …

Advanced Directives

There’s no escaping one central reality in life: the fact that one day, our lives, as well as the lives of our loved ones, will come to an end. While there’s nothing pleasant about dwelling on that eventuality, it is incumbent upon all of us to make sure that our “end of life” wishes are known and honored. At the …

Promotoras and Erwin Mitchell Community Health Fair

Glance around this October and you’re bound to notice beautiful red, gold, and orange foliage just about everywhere you look. But you should also notice a fair amount of pink. Pink is the color that reminds us that October is Breast Cancer Awareness month, and we at the Northwest Georgia Healthcare Partnership will be embracing that color as we focus …

Health and Economic Development

There’s no doubt that health and economic development go hand in hand. Investments in economic development are basically long-term investments in health – and vice versa. And that’s because healthy people contribute to healthy economies which create healthy communities – and the cycle goes on and on. Why is that important to us? Primarily because the vast majority of us …

The Importance of a Healthy Lifestyle

In my position, I’m often asked what can be done about the high cost of healthcare.  That is, no doubt, a complicated issue, and one without a simple answer.  But I do believe that one way we can all reduce the amount of our income that’s spent on healthcare is by choosing to live a healthy lifestyle, through maintaining a …