Healthy Georgia

UnitedHealthcare’s Building a Healthier Georgia Tour

Developing actionable solutions to address community health needs

Georgia's Health Issues

According to United Health Foundation’s 2018 America’s Health Rankings® report, Georgia ranked 39th in the country for overall health. The report found that obesity rates, cancer deaths and the prevalence of children born with low birthweight have all increased across the state over the past several years.

Where We're Going

UnitedHealthcare will visit seven markets across the state to host conversations with area business leaders, health care providers, community influencers and residents, gaining healthcare and wellness insights at a local level.

According to United Health Foundation’s 2018 America’s Health Rankings® report, Georgia ranked 39th in the country for overall health. The report found that obesity rates, cancer deaths and the prevalence of children born with low birthweight have all increased across the state over the past several years.

The Building a Healthier Georgia Tour is a statewide listening campaign designed to address health issues negatively impacting Georgia’s residents and activate strategic solutions at a local level.

We know we have to improve as a state. By working together, we believe we can bring about real change.

Boots on the ground

We will canvas north, south, east and west Georgia with the goal of gaining up close and personal healthcare and wellness insights from local business leaders, health care providers, community influencers and residents.

Together with Chambers of Commerce and other community organizations, UnitedHealthcare is hosting roundtable discussions that will illuminate the issues facing Georgia residents and business owners. From these conversations and interactions, we will work to make informed and meaningful impacts in the community, addressing identified problems and fostering a healthier state.

About UnitedHealthcare

UnitedHealthcare is dedicated to helping people live healthier lives and making the health system work better for everyone by simplifying the health care experience, meeting consumer health and wellness needs, and sustaining trusted relationships with care providers. In the United States, UnitedHealthcare offers the full spectrum of health benefit programs for individuals, employers, and Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries, and contracts directly with more than 1.2 million physicians and care professionals, and 6,500 hospitals and other care facilities nationwide. UnitedHealthcare is one of the businesses of UnitedHealth Group (NYSE: UNH), a diversified health care company. For more information, visit UnitedHealthcare at www.uhc.com or follow @UHC on Twitter.

The complete 2018 America’s Health Rankings® report can be reviewed here: https://www.americashealthrankings.org

Atlanta Metro

Population: 5.9 million
Often called the capital of the Southeast, the Atlanta metropolitan region continues to expand at an unmatched pace and strives to be a hub for innovation. Atlanta is home to 25 Fortune 500 companies, as well as the busiest airport in the world.

 

Athens

Population: 123,000
Athens, located in northeastern Georgia, is home to the University of Georgia and known for its Bulldog pride. In addition to esteemed higher education opportunities, the city boasts impressive research and medical services, as well as a growing business and retail presence and booming music scene.

 

Albany

Population: 73,000
Albany sits in Southwest Georgia’s Plantation Trace region and is considered a primary trade center for the area. With the Flint River flowing at its center, Albany is a hub for healthcare, recreation, shopping, industry and higher education.

 

Augusta

Population: 200,000
The city of Augusta, known as the Garden City of the South, sits on the border of Georgia and South Carolina along the Savannah River. The city, home of the world-famous Masters Tournament, is the center point of the Central Savannah River Area, known for its robust workforce, industry and recreation options.

Challenges

  • Low immunization coverage among children
  • High prevalence of low birthweight
  • High percentage of uninsured population

Strengths

  • High meningococcal immunization coverage among adolescents
  • Low prevalence of excessive drinking
  • Low prevalence of frequent physical distress

Highlights

  • In the past six years, obesity increased 13% from 28.0% to 31.6% of adults
  • In the past five years, children in poverty decreased 23% from 27.2% to 21.0% of children aged 0 to 17
  • In the past four years, occupational fatalities increased 68% from 3.1 to 5.2 deaths per 100,000 workers
  • In the past three years, meningococcal immunization increased 27% from 74.9% to 95.3% of adolescents aged 13 to 17
  • In the past eight years, cancer deaths increased 3% from 190.5 to 195.5 deaths per 100,000 population
  • In the past four years, premature death increased 10% from 7,624 to 8,391 years lost before age 75 per 100,000 population

Valdosta

Population: 56,000
Located on the southern border, Valdosta, the Azalea City, is the state’s 14th largest city and an economic engine for South Georgia and North Florida. A blend of southern charm and 21st-century innovation, Valdosta nurtures a robust economy and exceptional healthcare services and higher education opportunities.

Savannah

Population: 147,000
Just south of South Carolina along the Savannah River, the coastal city of Savannah is the oldest city in the state. Savannah is known for its history and antebellum architecture, but also hosts myriad economic sectors, including manufacturing, tourism, military, shipping, higher education and large-scale healthcare and eldercare providers.

Columbus

Population: 194,000
Known as the Fountain City, Columbus is situated along the Chattahoochee River in west central Georgia. Columbus State University and Fort Benning Military Reservation are a huge presence for the city, and Columbus is also known as the home of Dr. John Pemberton, the creator of Coca-Cola.