Atlanta, Ga. – Voices for Georgia’s Children, the state’s only comprehensive statewide child advocacy and policy organization, is launching a new podcast series, Challenges for Children, and supplemental report, Barriers to Healthcare for Georgia’s Children, which outlines steps to reduce the challenges Georgians are facing.

In April 2018, the Voices team set out to find why so many of our state’s children are being left behind.  Team members traveled to Whitfield, Dougherty, Effingham and Lamar counties to talk with residents about the struggles children who live outside of the Atlanta metro area face in accessing quality healthcare. 

The podcast series and report issued today detail what we heard from Georgians and steps we can take to address the problems they confront in getting health careWe believe access to quality healthcare and comprehensive insurance is vital for a child’s development,” said Dr. Erica Fener Sitkoff, Executive Director of Voices for Georgia’s Children. “After hearing stories firsthand about what is standing in the way, we must work together to take steps to reduce the challenges so many Georgians are facing in getting access to quality, affordable health coverage.

The written report outlines ten key barriers and proposed solutions, including:

  • Streamlining health insurance eligibility and enrollment with other government programs
  • Improving opportunities for pediatric providers and specialists to reach high need areas
  • Ensuring access to health coverage for parents and adults caring for and/or living with children

Community members discussed a wide array of barriers, from transportation issues to a lack of mental health services, and shared their personal stories during 90-minute focus group sessions. The first episode of the Challenges for Children podcast series and the report are now available on the Voices’ website.

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