Modern Measles

In 2000, the World Health Organization declared that measles had been eliminated in the United States. In 2019, the country is watching as the once eradicated disease makes its resurgence. The reason? A decrease in the number of people vaccinated against measles. As a result, new cases of the highly contagious disease have been cropping up all over the map. What Is Measles? The contagious … Continue reading Modern Measles

HIGH RATES OF HIV IN GEORGIA

According to a recent study that pulled data from the CDC, Georgia ranks third in the nation for HIV risk. It also has one of the highest numbers of new HIV cases in the country. Georgia is not unique among southern states, however. Nearly all the states that rank top 10 in HIV risk are located in the south. Statistics show that the disease disproportionally … Continue reading HIGH RATES OF HIV IN GEORGIA

High Maternal Mortality Rates in Rural Georgia

In 2017, Georgia had the second-highest maternal mortality rate in the U.S., with 48.4 deaths per 100,000 births, according to a data study from USA Today. The state is also one of the poorest, with poverty disproportionally affecting black and minority communities.Rural communities have significantly higher maternal death rates compared to urban areas. Many rural towns don’t have hospitals equipped to receive women in labor … Continue reading High Maternal Mortality Rates in Rural Georgia

FAITH RXD and CrossFit Winnersville Unite to Bring Fitness and Christ to Community

A new organization has come to the Valdosta area, bringing the goal to strengthen the community through fitness and Christ-centered living with it. FAITH RXD has established 80 chapters in nine countries that strive to bring the same beliefs and message to the community. Ross Cook, a youth pastor at Crossroads Baptist Church in Valdosta, Georgia, became a member of Crossfit Winnersville in 2017. He … Continue reading FAITH RXD and CrossFit Winnersville Unite to Bring Fitness and Christ to Community

Caring for the Previous Generation

Once she made her mind up, Billie Jo Mleko had no doubts. She was going to become a nurse. Beginning at a young age, Mleko was surrounded by nurses. She was born with aortic stenosis, which eventually called for an aortic valve replacement with a mechanical valve. But during that nerve-inducing time, Mleko found comfort in the staff that helped her through. “That was a … Continue reading Caring for the Previous Generation