• Assessment of medical needs of the Hispanic community in Macon-Bibb County, Georgia

      Giguere-Belanger, Kim; Pino, Jose; Lian, Brad; Mercer University (Georgia Public Health Association, 2011)
      Background: Little is known about the health concerns and issues among the Hispanic community in growing, mid-sized cities, such as Macon, Georgia. Methods: A questionnaire on general health-related issues was given to a sample of 125 Hispanic participants. Results: The top health concerns of the Hispanic community were diabetes, obesity, and dental hygiene; the most common factors preventing Hispanics from receiving medical treatment were the lack of insurance, language barriers, and copayments or deductibles being too high. Conclusions: Lack of higher education and the inability to communicate effectively in English may be manifested as difficulties in finding proper information about where to access insurance and healthcare. Therefore, awareness campaigns, more advertising in Spanish, and perhaps increasing the availability of English lessons may be helpful for this population.
    • Capital and technical assistance needs of Georgia’s health-related nonprofits: An exploratory study

      Daniel, Jerry B.; Green-Caldwell, Cherysh; Albany State University, Turner County Connection-Communities In Schools of Turner County, Inc. (Georgia Public Health Association, 2016)
      Background: Nonprofit organizations, particularly those related to health and human services, are involved in addressing needs of the American population. They provide an array of services in small and large communities throughout the United States. Compared to for-profit organizations, health-related nonprofits are increasing in number. Despite having a substantial share of the health care market, nonprofit organizations face difficulties delivering services to those in need. The difficulties faced by rural nonprofits may be greater than those for their urban counterparts. The impetus for this study came from Healthcare Georgia Foundation’s goal of strengthening nonprofits to address the burgeoning health inequities in Georgia. The purpose was to gain a better understanding of the capital and technical assistance needs of health-related nonprofits. The specific aim was to answer a set of exploratory questions. Methods: This study utilized exploratory, descriptive methodology to examine the capital and technical assistance needs of health-related nonprofits in the state of Georgia. Organizational management staff was used as the unit of analysis. A cross-sectional, correlational design was used to gauge participants’ views about their organization’s current needs. The sample consisted of 48 rural and 45 urban/metropolitan nonprofits. Results: The findings provide information related to the capital and technical assistance needs of rural and urban health-related nonprofits in Georgia and reveal specific needs of nonprofits focusing on health and social services. Conclusions: The results have public health implications for a state that currently faces various public health challenges. Nonprofits located in rural areas could use more technical assistance in reaching their funding goals.