skip to main content
skip to newscasts

Saturday, May 18, 2024

Public News Service Logo
facebook instagram linkedin reddit youtube twitter
view newscast page
play newscast audioPlay

4 dead as severe storms hit Houston, TX; Election Protection Program eases access to voting information; surge in solar installations eases energy costs for Missourians; IN makes a splash for Safe Boating Week.

view newscast page
play newscast audioPlay

The Supreme Court rules funding for the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is okay, election deniers hold key voting oversight positions in swing states, and North Carolina lawmakers vote to ban people from wearing masks in public.

view newscast page
play newscast audioPlay

Americans are buying up rubber ducks ahead of Memorial Day, Nebraskans who want residential solar have a new lifeline, seven community colleges are working to provide students with a better experience, and Mississippi's "Big Muddy" gets restoration help.

Gwinnett Coalition Improves Health-Care Access For Residents

play audio
Play

Monday, September 19, 2022   

Gwinnett County's uninsured population of 15.6% is slightly higher than the state rate of 15.3%, according to 2020 U.S. census data.

Renee Byrd-Lewis - president and CEO of the Gwinnett Coalition - said individual without health insurance often have less access to care, receive poorer quality of care, and experience worse health outcomes.

She added that Gwinnetthealthfinder.org provides health-care resources to the uninsured as well as underinsured residents.

"So what the website does is allow residents to quickly locate affordable health providers," said Byrd-Lewis, "by city, by ZIP code, or by service category like adult, pediatric, dental, mental health and specialty care."

She said the only providers that are in the system are those who offer Medicaid, Medicare, and PeachCARE for Kids, Sliding Scale Fee, and Self-Pay.

Gwinnett County has the highest number of uninsured residents in the state, according to the latest census data.

Byrd-Lewis noted that racial and ethnic disparities exist in the availability and accessibility of health care, and Gwinnett County has the most diverse population in the Southeast.

She noted that Gwinnett Coalition works to remove cultural and language barriers that would limit residents' access to health care.

"What we did was took the six most common languages in Gwinnett County, and we translated the website into those six languages," said Byrd-Lewis, "and they're of course English, but then Spanish, Korean, Vietnamese, Cantonese and Mandarin. And so that helps folks who don't have English as a first language."

She noted that transportation is also a known barrier, therefore residents can take advantage of the Telemedicine options that are available on the website.




Disclosure: Gwinnett Coalition contributes to our fund for reporting on Health Issues, Housing/Homelessness, Hunger/Food/Nutrition, Mental Health. If you would like to help support news in the public interest, click here.


get more stories like this via email
more stories
Solar energy helps provide more than 263,000 jobs across the U.S., according to the Solar Energy Industries Association. (spyarm/Adobe Stock)

Environment

play sound

Missouri homes and businesses have installed enough solar energy to power 68,000 homes each year. A new report released by the Solar Energy …


Social Issues

play sound

Workforce watchers project the country could face critical worker shortages in many of the skilled trades in coming years. The Nebraska Winnebago …

Environment

play sound

A new rule from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission could improve Virginia's electric grid transmission capacity. It requires utilities and …


Among adults in their 50s and early 60s, 57% express support for legal abortion, as do 59% of those ages 65 and older, according to The Pew Research Center. (triocean/Adobe Stock)

Social Issues

play sound

Surrounded by states banning nearly all abortions, its legalization in New Mexico has made the state a top place to travel for the procedure and a …

Social Issues

play sound

Hoosiers are launching their boats to enjoy another season on the water. However, before jumping aboard, now is an ideal time to review safety plans …

Ohio became the 24th state to legalize recreational marijuana in November 2023. (Konstiantyn Zapylaie/Adobe Stock)

Social Issues

play sound

This week, Ohio approved adult-use marijuana sales as part of a 2023 ballot measure, with sales anticipated to start mid-June. Ohioans age 21 and …

Social Issues

play sound

The Nevada state primary is coming up June 11 and one voting-rights group wants to make sure all Nevadans have the information they need to make their…

Social Issues

play sound

The Beaverton School District is blazing a trail in early education through bilingual learning labs, which emphasize playful inquiry and habits of …

 

Phone: 303.448.9105 Toll Free: 888.891.9416 Fax: 208.247.1830 Your trusted member- and audience-supported news source since 1996 Copyright 2021