Georgia is not doing everything it can to address issues concerning public health, injury protection and disaster preparedness. Georgia received a grade of D-plus these categories in a report card on America’s Emergency Care Environment by the American College of Emergency Physicians.
Georgia has some of the lowest U.S. immunization rates for influenza and pneumonia, and a high rate of bicyclist and pedestrian fatalities. Georgia’s ability to respond to disasters is seriously compromised; it is nearly last in the nation for physicians, nurses and behavioral health professionals being registered in the Emergency System for Advance Registration of Volunteer Health Professionals.
Georgia’s racial and ethnic disparities for cardiovascular disease, HIV diagnoses and infant mortality are unacceptable. All of our residents should have adequate access to preventive health care, education, treatment and support.
John J. Rogers, M.D.
(The writer is president of the Georgia College of Emergency Physicians, and on the Board of Directors of the American College of Emergency Physicians.)