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Assistive Technology and Emergency Response

Staying safe and independent in your home.

The unexpected can happen at any time. Life may be going along fine and the next thing you know, you’re in an ambulance being taken to the hospital because you’ve been told you just had a stroke. You are in disbelief and overwhelmed that one side of your body is paralyzed and you cannot move without the use of a wheelchair or walker. Your speech is slurred and you cannot communicate effectively. You are having difficulty processing information because the stroke has caused memory problems.

Or maybe your spouse just received a diagnosis of dementia. You work full time and you worry about her safety, risk of falling, or that she might forget to take her medications while you’re not home.

Or maybe you had cataracts removed to improve your vision, but later in life you were diagnosed with glaucoma and are now legally blind. You are having difficulty navigating in your home because of your vision loss and have fallen several times. You were not able to get back up after one of the falls and needed to drag yourself on the floor to get to the phone to call for assistance.

There are solutions that can assist you to live more safely and independently

There are many technologies available today that can maximize your independence and safety, depending on your individual goals and needs.   Common examples are emergency response systems, glasses, hearing aids, and wheelchairs. These and other devices that could help you to function and improve your quality of life are called “assistive technology.”

Don’t forget, the unexpected can strike at any moment, and it is vitally important to prepare for natural disasters, medical emergencies, and other emergency situations in advance.

Emergency Response Systems

Emergency Response Systems are home devices that connect you to a 24-hour call center with the push of a button. The transmitter is typically worn on a neck pendant or wristband and it sends a signal to a console that’s connected to the home phone line. When an individual pushes the button from anywhere in the house, it signals the receiver console to call the system’s emergency response center. The staff at the call center evaluate the situation, deciding whether to call an ambulance or a designated friend or family member. With most personal emergency response systems, the individual can talk with the call center staff from anywhere in the house. There are also options to aid a person who may not be able to communicate verbally or give a signal for help.

There are two levels of emergency response systems: national and local. Some local companies are run by hospitals or social service agencies. It’s worth checking out both types of service as they both have strengths and weaknesses. In most cases, the emergency response system is leased with a monthly service fee, but some companies offer the option to buy the equipment.

Other Assistive Technology

Assistive technology can improve productivity and ease life’s tasks. The right assistive technology minimizes limitations and allows you to focus on your abilities rather than your challenges. They provide a means of mobility inside and outside the home so you don’t become isolated. They give you independence, the ability to age in place, and not feel like a worry or burden to your family and friends. Simply put, these are tools that can improve your quality of life.

Examples include:

  • -Mobility aids such as wheelchairs, scooters, walkers, canes, or crutches.
  • -Hearing aids to improve hearing ability of an individual
  • -Computer or electrical assistive devices that provide cognitive assistance to help people following a brain injury or for people living with dementia
  • -Voice recognition programs, screen readers, and screen enlargement to help people use computers
  • -Books and magazines in audio format or braille for individuals who are blind or whose physical abilities require the use audio format or braille (the Georgia Library Service for the Blind & Print Disabled provides accessible library books and magazines for Georgia residents)
  • -Automatic page turners, book holders, and adapted pencil grips to aid in reading and writing
  • -Closed captioning to enable people with hearing impairments to enjoy movies and television programs
  • -Ramps to improve accessibility to buildings

Special tools for daily activities include adapted utensils, plates and cups, non-skid surfaces, and specially designed toilet seats and shower stalls. Kitchen implements with large, cushioned grips can help people with weakness or arthritis in their hands. Medication dispensers with alarms can help people remember to take their medicine on time. People who use wheelchairs for mobility can use extendable reaching devices to reach items on shelves or pick up dropped items from the floor.

How do you find assistive technology?

Emergency Response Systems
Emergency response systems are ever increasing in the market. With so many options available, can be daunting to figure out which system is right for you or your loved one. As with any service product, there’s a range of features, pricing, and quality available. Arming yourself with a little information can help you shop wisely. Contact empowerline and our trained counselors will provide you with a variety of resources for emergency response systems to assist you in making a decision on which system best meets your needs, as well as your pocketbook.

Other Assistive Technology
Assistive technology are improving and being developed every day to meet the needs of older persons and individuals with disabilities. There are many companies selling these products, making it overwhelming and difficult to narrow the search to the device that meets your needs.

You can visit this helpful website to explore assistive technology. Or contact empowerline, and our trained counselors will provide you with a variety of resources for assistive technology, which will enable you to explore the technology that will improve your independence and safety.

Use Empowerline’s search for services resources to find services and providers near you.

Study Opportunity for Persons Living with Dementia & Caregivers

MapHabit is seeking participants to improve assistive technology as an effective resource for people with dementia and their care partners by incorporating the use of their app in your day-to-day life. The deadline to enroll is September 30, 2022. Please view this flyer for more information to sign-up.

This article was first produced and published by ARC’s Empowerline. Learn more at

This information was brought to you by a RRF Foundation on Aging grant received by the Georgia Academy of Family Physicians and the Atlanta Regional Commission (ARC) – Agency on Aging. 

Disaster relief available for GAFP members in Northwest Georgia


The following message was written by Georgia Healthy Family Alliance President Eddie Richardson Jr., MD, FAAFP…

We are aware that several Northwest Georgia communities in Floyd and Chattooga County saw flooding damage on September 4. Our thoughts and prayers are with those who were impacted by these storms. Because damage is still being assessed in the impacted communities, we want you to know that the GAFP’s Foundation – the Georgia Healthy Family Alliance – has a Disaster Relief Fund to help our members who may have experienced damage to their practice. We established this fund in 2007 and over the years have helped several GAFP members to get their clinics reopened to support them and the communities they serve. If you are aware of a family physician in need or if you have damage to your office, don’t hesitate to contact Kara Sinkule at or Fay Fulton at for help completing a simple disaster relief application.

DCH promoting DME equip/orthotic & prosthetic services webinars 

The Georgia Department of Community Health (DCH) and Gainwell Technologies are encouraging physicians and practice staff that submit Medicaid claims t0 register for one of the 10 DME Equipment/Orthotic and Prosthetic Services webinars that will take place in October.

DCH says the webinars will address certification of medical necessity (CMN) forms, general billing rules, prior authorization, and other key issues.  

DCH notes that, “The webinars will be open to all territories throughout the state of Georgia. Attendees must individually register to reserve a seat by clicking on the desired territory to complete the registration form.” 

Territory  Date  Time 
Northeast GA  October 12, 2022 – Wednesday  10:00 AM 
Middle GA  October 12, 2022 – Wednesday  1:00 PM 
Augusta GA  October 14, 2022 – Friday  10:00 AM 
North GA  October 14, 2022 – Friday  1:00 PM 
Southwest GA  October 20, 2022 – Thursday  10:00 AM 
Atlanta Fulton  October 20, 2022 – Thursday  1:00 PM 
Northwest GA  October 25, 2022 – Tuesday  10:00 AM 
Southeast GA  October 25, 2022 – Tuesday  1:00 PM 
Southeast Metro  October 31, 2022 – Monday  10:00 AM 
South GA  October 31, 2022 – Monday  1:00 PM 

DCH adds that, “Upon completion of your registration, a confirmation notice will be sent via e-mail to the address provided during registration. Please review the confirmation e-mail for accuracy. The webinar confirmation e-mail will include 1) the date and time of the webinar workshop and 2) the conference phone number and pass code and 3) a ‘Teams Meeting’ hyperlink.”

GAFP announces final virtual KSA for 2022

GAFP is encouraging its members to click here to register for the final virtual ABFM Knowledge Self-Assessment Workshops (KSA) that it will offer in 2022. This includes…

Care of Women Virtual KSA
Saturday, October 1, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

This new KSA will focus on having a better understanding of the unique health care needs and common medical conditions that are experienced by gender-identified women, including gynecologic conditions and reproductive health, diagnosing and treating behavioral and mental health conditions in female patients, increasing one’s knowledge and understanding of pre-conception and prenatal care, and being better prepared to diagnose and manage conditions experienced during and after pregnancy. Click to register.

Other options in October are available on our website.  Register today!

CME credit for these KSAs is pending with the American Academy of Family Physicians.

There will not be any live KSA workshops offered during GAFP’s annual meeting, so these will be the last KSAs that GAFP offers this year.

Contact Sarah Bigorowski at or 404-321-7445 with questions.

Leading attorney to host free contract negotiations webinar for GAFP members

GAFP is encouraging its members to register for a free “contract negotiations for employed family physicians” webinar that will take place from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Thursday, September 29.

The event will feature Ericka L. Adler, who is a lawyer, shareholder, and health law group practice leader with Roetzel & Andress in Chicago.

She will address how to address contract negotiations from numerous key perspectives, including…

– Call
– Location
– Schedule
– Duties
– Patient Allocation/Volume
– Benefits
– Salaries

Adler specializes in regulatory and transactional health care law. She devotes much of her time advising medical professionals and practices on contracts and compensation arrangements. She has a law degree from the DePaul University College of Law. She worked with AAFP to develop ‘A Family Physician Guide to Employment Contracts,’ which is free for GAFP members.

GAFP members are encouraged to submit questions that they would like to see Adler address during the webinar to GAFP Executive Vice President Fay Fulton at by 5 p.m. on Thursday, September 22.

Click here to register for this event, keeping in mind that pre-registration is required.

GAFP encouraging members to monitor insurers’ payment methodology

Several GAFP members report that insurers and third-party administrators are increasingly switching their payment methodology from EFT or check to a credit card or virtual card option, which effectively lowers the payment physicians/practices receive because of the transactional fees that are associated with credit card transactions.

GAFP is consequently encouraging its members and applicable practice staff to monitor the payments that they receive from insurers and third-party administrators.

Georgia law states that, “Any health insurance plan issued, amended, or renewed on or after January 1, 2019, between a health insurer or its contracted vendor or a care management organization and a health care provider for the provision of health care services to a plan enrollee shall not contain restrictions on methods of payment from the health insurer or its vendor or the care management organization to the health care provider in which the only acceptable payment method is a credit card payment.”

The Georgia statue also says, “If initiating or changing payments to a health care provider using electronic funds transfer payments, including virtual credit card payments, a health insurance plan, health insurer or its contracted vendor, or care management organization shall 1) notify the health care provider if any fees are associated with a particular payment method and 2) advise the provider of the available methods of payment and provide clear instructions to the health care provider as to how to select an alternative payment method.”

Commercial health insurers that operate in Georgia can make payments using a virtual credit card, but they must let medical practices (and other applicable health care professionals) decide on their preferred method of payment.

Contact Fay Fulton at or 404-321-7445 with questions.

Virtual event to address long-term planning for children with complex needs

GAFP and the Georgia Department of Public Health’s Maternal and Child Healthcare Division are encouraging GAFP members and applicable allied staff to register for an educational program that will address long-term planning for children with complex health care needs. The online event will take place from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. on Friday, September 30.

The event will be hosted by the Southeast Regional Genetics Network (SERN), and it will feature a talk by Christine Matus, who is a founding attorney with the Matus Law Firm.

SERN’s goal is to “improve health equity and health outcomes in individuals with genetic conditions, reduce morbidity and mortality caused by genetic conditions (including congenital and metabolic disorders), and improve the quality of coordinated and comprehensive genetic services to children and their families.”

Click here at 12 p.m. on September 30 to watch this event live or to register to receive a recording of the event.

GAFP honors Sen. Ben Watson, MD, with legislative “champion” award

The Georgia Academy of Family Physicians (GAFP) has honored Georgia Sen. Ben Watson, M.D. (R-Savannah) with its Georgia Senate Legislative Champion of the Year Award for his strategic vision, exemplary leadership, and tireless efforts to improve health care in the state.

“Senator Watson has always had a reputation as being an unwavering and effective advocate for family physicians and our patients, but this was especially true in 2022,” says GAFP President Susana Alfonso, M.D. “He was at the forefront of efforts to increase Medicaid pay to adequate and sustainable levels, which means that Georgians in rural and underserved communities will have greater access to primary care.”

Dr. Alfonso also points out that, “GAFP members have an extra sense of pride because Senator Watson is a fellow primary care physician.”

And Dr. Alfonso concludes, “We all have more peace of mind – and a better quality of life – because of Senator Watson’s steadfast determination to do what’s right.”

In addition to chairing the Senate Health and Human Services Committee, Sen. Watson serves on the Senate Appropriations, Public Safety, and Transportation committees. It is also worth noting that he is an ex officio member of the Insurance & Labor and Veterans, Military & Homeland Security committees. After serving in the Georgia House of Representatives for four years, Dr. Watson was elected to the Georgia Senate in 2014.

Sen. Watson has been a primary care physician in Savannah since 1988. He practices internal medicine, specializing in geriatrics.

Sen. Watson and his wife, Bernice Watson, live on the Isle of Hope. She is a teacher with the Savannah-Chatham County Public School District. They have three sons.

Register for Free September 29th Webinar: Contract Negotiations for Employed Family Physicians

Thursday, September 29 – 6:00 pm (Eastern Time)
Ericka L. Adler
Shareholder – Roetzel & Andress
Health Law Group Practice Leader
Chicago, IL

Ericka Adler, JD, LLM, is a lawyer specializing in regulatory and transactional health care law. Ericka devotes a large portion of her practice to advising professionals and practices about contracts and compensation arrangements. She received her Juris Doctor and Master of Law from DePaul University College of Law. Advising professionals and practices on their contracts and compensation arrangements is a major area of Ericka’s practice. Recently, she worked with the AAFP to develop “A Family Physician Guide to Employment Contracts,” which is available for free to members. 

Handling Negotiations Professionally Including Key Goals:

  • Call
  • Location
  • Schedule
  • Duties
  • Patient Allocation/Volume
  • Benefits
  • Salaries

You must be an AAFP or GAFP member and register in advance for this meeting:

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting. Please send any of your critical employment questions no later than Thursday, September 22nd so that we can cover as many topics as possible.  Email your questions to Fay Fulton (Georgia Academy’s Executive Vice President at

Aging and Independence Services: a Q&A with Becky Kurtz

As Metro Atlanta’s Area Agency on Aging, ARC Serves Needs of Older Residents

Becky Kurtz, managing director of ARC’s Aging and Independence Services Group.

As the planning agency for the Atlanta region, the Atlanta Regional Commission wears many hats. ARC, among many other things, is metro Atlanta’s Area Agency on Aging, which is responsible for disbursing federal funds across 10 counties so that older adults can live healthy and independent lives.

This is critically important work. Metro Atlanta is aging fast. The metro Atlanta region experienced unprecedented growth in its older adult population between 2010 and 2020, outpacing all peer metros and even the nation.

And over the next few decades, the population ages 65 and older will grow at a faster rate than any other age group. In 2019, approximately 518,068 people ages 65 or older lived in the 10-county region — that’s 1 in 9 of us. By 2050, more than 1 in 5 metro Atlanta residents will be 65 or older.

In fiscal year 2021, ARC distributed $22 million for services and programs for older adults in the 10-county region (ARC’s planning functions cover an 11-county region, but the Area Agency on Aging serves all counties except new ARC member Forsyth).

An influx of federal COVID funding allowed ARC to use state funds to pay for home repairs and modifications for older adults. In a typical year, this is an expense that ARC does not cover because funds are not sufficient to cover those services ARC regularly funds, including in-home meals and services, transportation, respite care, congregate meals, etc.

I talked to Becky Kurtz, managing director of ARC’s Aging and Independence Services Group, to learn more about the role ARC plays in supporting this vital population.

Aixa Pascual: The perception is that metro Atlanta is an overwhelmingly young region. Yet data shows that the population of older adults is growing at a faster clip than for younger age groups, and that older adults will continue to be an engine of growth for years to come. What accounts for this growth?

Becky Kurtz: A lot of people moved to the Atlanta region in the 1970s, 1980s and 1990s and decided to stay. Our population boomed, and those people are now older. A lot of older adults are now moving to the region to be close to children and grandchildren, or to retire.

Also, birth rates are going down, and people are living longer, so the population ages 60 and over is growing at a faster rate. All these factors explain why older adult populations are growing at faster clip than younger populations.

AP: Is the Atlanta region prepared to meet the needs of this segment of the population?

BK: Are we ready? Right now, we’re not meeting all the current needs. The fact that the older adult population is growing quickly means that we need to do a lot more to meet both current and future needs.

In addition to service needs, we need to think broadly about how to support an older population. For example, how do employers provide flexibility in employment that enables older workers to work longer? Are we providing the transportation services that an older population needs? Most individuals outlive their ability to drive a car by 7 to 10 years. What does that mean for our transportation system? Are our transit systems taking people where they want to go, or are they only sufficient to go from home to work and back? Are our neighborhoods safe to walk in? Is our housing stock accessible and affordable for an older population? A split-level house with lots of stairs and a huge yard in the suburbs may no longer be the house an older person can thrive in.

A group of older persons from the metro Atlanta area enjoy a hike together.

AP: When we talk about older persons, what ages are we referring to?

BK: This varies, and it depends on the context. There’s a variety of programs and services that start at different ages. For example, when it comes to eligibility for public benefits, Medicare kicks in at 65. When it comes to services and resources offered under the Older Americans Act, it’s for adults ages 60 and over. Full retirement for Social Security benefits depends on when you were born. For people born after 1960, full retirement age is 67.

It’s hard to define what “old” is. And because life expectancies vary dramatically, for some 65 is longer than the life expectancy in their community. For others, they can reasonably expect to live well into their 80s or beyond. “Old” is an arbitrary number. There is no magic number.

AP: What is the correct terminology to use when we talk about older adults?

A group of older persons from the metro Atlanta area enjoy a hike together.

BK: There are various opinions on this. The FrameWorks Institute researched what understandings come with different terminologies. It has found that we use the term “older person” to refer to people in the age range of 65 and over. Based on this research, I find that “older persons” or “older people” are appropriate and accurate terms in most contexts.

“Older adult” tends to make people think of adults ages 55 and over, a slightly younger population. Personally, I avoid the term “elderly” because it connotes weakness and frailty for an entire age group, which isn’t accurate. “Elder” is a respectful term, but it tends to be used less by the general public. Sometimes it is used in a more formal context and isn’t only used to describe age (for example, some churches use the term “elder” for leadership positions).

AP: How, and why, does the federal government fund services and resources for older people?

BK: The federal government started offering Social Security in the 1930s because the U.S. had a huge poverty rate among older adults. Social Security was passed to afford income security and decrease the poverty level among older persons. There’s still poverty among older people, but not as severe as decades ago.

Medicare was later introduced, in 1965, to provide health care for older persons. That year, Congress also passed the Older Americans Act to support the independence of individuals so they can stay at home and in their communities as long as possible. This saves money on the Medicare side and improves the quality of life for millions of older persons.

State government, through the Georgia Department of Human Services, also provides funds. One of the key ways is funding the home- and community-based program that expands on the federal funds. Federal funds are never enough for the need. The state adds to that by funding additional home delivered meals, services for caregivers, and other services. And still, it’s not enough. We still have long waiting lists in our region – and across the state – for those services.

ARC receives Older Americans Act federal funding through state government grants and distributes these monies to county governments and nonprofits in the 10-county metro area that our Area Agency on Aging serves. Counties typically have a senior services office that provide these services.

A recipient of ARC’s services stands outside of a Clayton events center.

AP: How does ARC distribute these funds from the federal and state governments?

BK: It’s a mix. Some of the services we provide directly with ARC staff and volunteers. But the majority of federal and state funds we distribute through grants to our county-based and nonprofit partners. These partners then provide direct services that include home-delivered meals, congregate meals in senior centers, transportation to doctor appointments, material aid, homemaking, respite care, and much more.

AP: What are some of the services that ARC funds for older people?

BK: The support and services that we offer focus on maximizing the independence, health, and wellbeing of older persons, individuals with disabilities, and their care partners today, while preparing the region for the future. We call our aging and disability services Empowerline. Last year, we served more than 37,000 people through our Empowerline services and programs. Thousands more received information on our website:

One important Empowerline service is information counseling. Our certified professional counselors connect older persons, adults with disabilities, and their caregivers with resources and services in their communities. This unbiased, free service is available regardless of income. We connect people to services available to them, and sometimes they may need to pay out of pocket for these services.

During the pandemic, we have been able to offer some additional services. For example, through our CARES Flex service, we provide a monthly budget to family caregivers who provide services such as bathing and dressing to individuals 60 years and older, relieving some financial pressure from those most impacted by the pandemic.

Also last year, thanks to state funding, we were able to provide more than $1 million to three nonprofits (Habitat for Humanity, Meals on Wheels, and HouseProud) to help low-income older adults make critical modifications and repairs to their homes so they can age safely in place.

AP: Social Security is the largest single item on the federal budget, and Washington spends hundreds of billions of dollars a year on Medicare expenses. For 1 in 5 older adults in this country, Social Security is their only source of income. Why are these government programs not enough to cover expenses during old age?

BK: Medicare, which includes hospital and medical insurance, does not cover all healthcare expenses and does not cover most long-term care in one’s home or in a residential setting. Health-related and long-term care expenses can be overwhelming. A lot of people think Medicare is going to cover long-term care, and it doesn’t.

Long-term care is the biggest uninsured risk that Americans face. Health care expenses are the number one reason for individual bankruptcy, for all ages. When adults reach old age, quickly many individuals are unable to afford to have those services they need to stay alive and healthy.

A recipient of ARC’s services stands outside of a Clayton events center.

AP: Do most older people want to age in their homes and communities?

BK: Oh yes, by far. According to AARP, 77% of adults 50 and older want to remain in their home as they age. That figure has been consistent for more than a decade.

For one thing, some individuals don’t want to live in housing segregated by age. They are more comfortable in their own home. Especially if they have memory or vision loss, they may feel safer where they’re familiar with their surroundings, have relationships with their trusted neighbors, and are engaged in their communities.

For many people, their quality of life is better if they can remain safely in their own home with services and supports as needed.

AP: Do we rely too much on institutional settings for older people?

BK: All options for housing are a good fit for different people, depending on their goals, circumstances, and needs. There is no one-size-fits-all solution. This is a very diverse population in terms of needs and resources. Some individuals have a need for 24-hour care, and an assisted living or nursing facility may be a good fit for them. Other older adults may like the social benefits of independent living settings. That’s appealing to some.

It’s a mix of what they need and what they want. When it comes to public funding, Medicaid automatically pays for nursing homes for anyone who qualifies, but it doesn’t automatically pay for home- and community- based services. Instead, the state has to request a waiver from the federal government, and that program is capped, so there are usually waiting lists to get these services. And it’s never automatic. In Georgia, we are unable to meet the current demand for home- and community-based services.

AP: How have older people fared over the past two years?

BK: It’s been mixed. The bad news is that older adults died at much higher rates, got sick, and were hospitalized at much higher rates. And, because of the justifiable fear of getting COVID, they didn’t leave their homes, with many also refusing services they needed because they didn’t want people coming into their home. Some became very socially isolated. The pandemic, especially at the beginning, was very harsh on older adults.

The good news is that with COVID, we were reminded once again that older adults have amazing resilience. Based on ARC’s Metro Atlanta Speaks survey, we heard that they generally have had less anxiety and stress than younger people during the pandemic. They were also less likely to experience financial challenges. In general, the financial stress was lower for older persons than for younger age groups.

Other good news is that older adults got vaccinated pretty quickly and at high rates. Our region has incredibly high vaccination rates for older people. Almost 100% of older people in our region have had at least one vaccine, and the vaccine reduces the risk of serious illness and death.

AP: What can each of us do to fight ageism in our society?

BK: The first thing is a mindset change, which is not a small change. We all need to realize that each day we are getting older, and we will be an old person one day. Any time we are exhibiting ageist attitudes, we don’t admit what our age is, or we don’t embrace getting older, we are discriminating against our own future. Your future is as an older person.

We need to recognize that too many of our communities are not set up for older people to thrive. Many of our communities are set up for young adults. We need more communities where older people can move about freely and safely. We don’t have a housing stock that is accessible, why is that? Why are we building and buying houses we know we won’t be able to use in a few years? Why are we building showers without a no-step entrance?

We are not planning transportation for all ages. Many older people who cannot drive need transportation to go to the supermarket, the doctor, church, and to visit family and friends, rather than transportation to a workplace. How can we help them get to services they need and places they want to go? We haven’t designed that in our communities. Too often, we have had an ageist approach to planning.

AP: What are some of the blessings that come with aging?

BK: Resiliency, strength, and character. Generosity. Generosity of having the time to share wisdom and life stories. Some of these individuals are carrying on the culture, the multicultural understanding, and heritage of their families, and they are shared with future generations through the storytelling of our older family members

Many older people may have more time and maybe more resources and so they are often in position to give time or money generously. Volunteerism is much higher for older than for younger adults. They are able to give back to the community in meaningful ways, and this gives them meaning in their lives.


To search for services for older people and people with disabilities in the Metro Atlanta area, check out our Search Services page, or visit the Empowerline website to be connected with counseling. Portions of this article appeared previously in the Aging and Health section of the ARC News Center. 


Author: Aixa Pascual

Aixa M. Pascual is a writer, editor, and content creator who recently joined the ARC’s Center for Strategic Relations. A former journalist for BusinessWeek, TIME, People, and the AJC, Aixa also has experience in community relations, civic engagement and external affairs. She is originally from Puerto Rico and lives in Roswell. She expects to age in the Atlanta region.

Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies Conference Requests for Proposals – Deadline August 15

Requests for Proposals – Deadline August 15

October 20 & 21 – Valdosta

HMHB will be focusing on using our collective strength to increase maternal and infant health outcomes in Georgia. During the conference, participants will:

  • Engage in interactive panel discussions
  • Learn about innovations in the field
  • Participate in meaningful trainings from issue area experts
  • Connect with a diverse cross-section of the community

Since 1974, Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies Coalition of Georgia (HMHBGA) has been one of the strongest statewide voices for improved maternal & infant health outcomes in Georgia. Our mission is to improve maternal and infant health in Georgia through advocacy, education, and access to vital resources. We envision a Georgia where every mother and baby has the resources and support to be healthy and thrive throughout the perinatal period.

Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies Coalition of Georgia invites you to complete our Request for Proposal for consideration as a presenter at our 48th Annual Meeting & Conference on October 20 & 21, 2022. HMHBGA’s previous conferences have held an attendance of over 250 attendees. The audience includes: moms, birthers, supportive partners, midwives, doulas, nurses, researchers, caregivers, policy makers, social workers, public health professionals, health professionals, physicians and advocates from throughout Georgia gathering together to evoke positive outcomes in maternal and infant health within the state of Georgia.

The conference will be held at the Rainwater Conference Center in Valdosta, GA. All qualified persons are encouraged to submit proposals. Selected conference speakers must be willing to provide their services without compensation, however, speakers will have access to the conference at no cost. All sessions will be 60 minutes long, allowing for 45 minutes of prerecorded content and 15 minutes for live Q&A.

Proposals must be submitted no later than 5:00 P.M. on August 14, 2022.  Should you have difficulty uploading your materials, please email the requested documentation in a single pdf file to  with the subject line: 48th Annual Conference Proposal.

Learn more at