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Fulton County Health Services to Hold Community Listening Sessions

Fulton County Health Services to Hold Community Listening Sessions

Residents Invited to Provide Input about Access to Healthcare

 

Fulton County Health Services will host three “Community Listening Sessions” to provide valuable information about the many high quality services available at the county’s community integrated health centers and to learn from the community about their service needs.  Each session will begin at 6:00 p.m. and take place:

 

Thursday, March 14th

Neighborhood Union Health Center

Large Community Conference Room

186 Sunset Avenue, NW

Atlanta, GA 30314

 

Thursday, March 21st

Adamsville Regional Health Center

Community Room

3700 M.L. King Jr. Drive, SW

Atlanta, GA 30331

 

Thursday, March 28th

North Fulton Service Center

Community Room #232

7741 Roswell Road

Children's hearing aid bill hits unusual roadblock

Children's hearing aid bill hits unusual roadblock

ATLANTA -- Parent advocates are facing an unusual roadblock as they push for a bill that would make children's hearing aids more affordable for Georgia families.

House Bill 74 would require private insurance companies in Georgia to pay for the cost of children's hearing aids, which can run up to $6,000 every three to five years.

The bill is sponsored by the House Majority Whip, Rep. Edward Lindsey (R-Atlanta), and it has support from both parties. It also received a favorable response during a House Insurance Committee hearing.

"The hearing was two weeks ago, and it was very successful," said parent advocate Sara Kogon. "And now we're in a holding pattern until the Governor's office appoints a mandate study committee."

The Autism Gap: The fight for insurance

The Autism Gap: The fight for insurance

ATLANTA -- Eight year old Ava Bullard is playing with her sisters, riding their bikes on their long country driveway. It is a simple act that defies those who said she would never talk, those who said she wouldn't function in the real world.

Ava was not a typical baby, or toddler.

Her mother Anna says, "You couldn't interact with her."

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Ava did not play with toys. Did not speak. Could not dress herself. Did not interact with her parents or sisters. Slept two hours a night. She was in her own world.

Anna says, "It's like she looked straight through me. She would just...it's like you weren't there, if you were in the room with her."

Anna Bullard took Ava from doctor to doctor for months. One doctor told the family Ava was 'just weird.'

Conyers couple recovering after kidney transplant

Conyers couple recovering after kidney transplant

ATLANTA -- Lisa and Speed Young of Conyers are recovering from simultaneous surgeries on Friday at Piedmont Hospital.

Speed developed complications after donating his kidney to his wife of 34 years. He was in the hospital's ICU on Monday, but family members said he is improving.

Meanwhile, Lisa is responding well to the new kidney.

"I thought I loved him before, but this has renewed that for me, the lengths that you go to for the person you love," Lisa said before surgery.

"We see the love that they have for each other," said daughter Mandy Young. "Knowing that love is still there is phenomenal."

Lisa was diagnosed with polycystic kidney disease decades ago.

But just last year, Lisa's kidney function began dropping to less than 20 percent, making her a candidate for transplant.

Atlanta recruiting 5,000 volunteers for cancer study

Atlanta recruiting 5,000 volunteers for cancer study

ATLANTA -- Sixty years ago, 1 million men and women signed up for the first-ever Cancer Prevention Study. They filled out surveys every few years. And the information from those million Americans led to a dramatic discovery.

Doctor Alpa Patel with the American Cancer Society is the lead researcher on CPS3, the third generation of the cancer prevention studies.

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"The first study was actually set up to specifically address the question of whether not smoking caused lung cancer, and it provided the first evidence that in fact smoking is what was the causal fact, causal factor with the increase rise in lung cancer death rates we were seeing in men at that time," she said.

Conyers couple shows love with kidney transplant

Conyers couple shows love with kidney transplant

ATLANTA -- Lisa and Speed Young of Conyers vowed to be faithful in sickness and in health when they were married 34 years ago.

"I thought I loved him before, but this has renewed that for me, the lengths that you go to for the person you love," Lisa said. 

She was diagnosed with polycystic kidney disease decades ago.

But just last year, Lisa's kidney function began dropping to less than 20 percent, making her a candidate for transplant.

Her husband was one of several family members and friends who wanted to be tested to be her donor.

"I think a peace came about when he started testing," said Alex Crawford, one of the couple's two daughters. "It was almost like we knew that it as going to be that way. When the call came, it was confirmation. It was an overwhelming feeling."

Turns out, Speed was a perfect match and an eager donor.

YMCA removes economic barriers between those in need, programs

YMCA removes economic barriers between those in need, programs

ATLANTA -- The YMCA of Metro Atlanta kicked off a campaign on Tuesday that will connect families in need with scholarships, allowing them to participate in YMCA programs. 

The campaign, Why It Matters takes place once a year. For 2013, board members Charlie Yates, Jr. and Carol Cookerly will co-chair the campaign as it works towards raising $2.7 million. 

"The Y has always had an annual campaign that helped meet the need for financial assistance," Cookerly said. "But, this marks the first year we are pulling together our 23 local Ys and launching a system-wide brand and effort to secure the funds we need to continue to play a pivotal role in Atlanta by helping individuals, especially children, reach their greatest potential."