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Jaime Chandra, Marketing & Communications Manager, Feminist Women’s Health Center, marketing@feministcenter.org – 404-248-5445 – www.ThrivingFamsGA.org

ATLANTA, GA – Tuesday, March 25, 2015 – Today, Feminist Women’s Health Center joined several other organizations to applaud the introduction of HR 746, the “Strong Families Resolution,” championed by Representatives Nikki Randall (D-142) and Simone Bell (D-58).

According to Rep. Randall, “The Strong Families Resolution begins the conversation about maternal health and racial disparities within our healthcare system. Georgia leads the nation in maternal deaths and we should be doing everything we can as state legislators to address these issues.”

“Protecting the health of the entire woman from annual checkups to postnatal care is the goal of the Strong Families’ resolution,” Says Rep. Simone Bell. “By addressing the issues of working mothers and racial disparities in relation to access to healthcare, Georgia can work to strengthen families from within.”

The resolution is the first action of the newly formed Thriving Families Georgia Coalition. Several organizations, including the Feminist Women’s Health Center, have joined together as part of the coalition to push for legislative priorities that center on today’s Georgia families.

“The Strong Families Resolution is a foundation for developing family-centered policies in Georgia. The resolution identifies the unique challenges facing Georgia families today, and highlights policy that effectively address barriers to health and wellness many families face,” says Kwajelyn Jackson, Community Education and Advocacy Manager of Feminist Women’s Health Center.

Georgia is number one in the nation for maternal mortality, number five in the nation for new HIV/AIDS infections, and seventh in the nation for low weight births. Coupled with high uninsured rates, high income inequality, and other factors, many families do not have the ability to adequately address their health needs.

The Strong Families Resolution is centered on four key areas: maternal and infant health, racial disparities in health care outcomes, barriers to workforce participation, and protecting families of all forms. Headed by Feminist Women’s Health Center, the coalition will be driving support for the resolution over the summer. For more information about the coalition, visit ThrivingFamsGA.org

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Andrea Miller, President, National Institute for Reproductive Health

“This Resolution is a bold statement for a proactive and holistic approach to promoting health, safety and advancement for Georgia’s women and families. This resolution serves as a rebuke to the state legislatures across the country that undermining our access to reproductive health care and other needed resources, and Rep. Nikki Randall and the advocates at Feminist Women’s Health Center deserve to be commended.”

SisterLove Staff, SisterLove

“SisterLove believes that the Strong Families Resolution outlines a progressive vision that can help to anchor the work of our community in achieving sexual and reproductive justice for Georgians who experience marginalization in our health infrastructure, including women living with HIV, and women living in communities with high HIV prevalence.”

Elizabeth Deans, MD, Fellow for Physicians for Reproductive Health

“As an obstetrician-gynecologist in Atlanta, every day I see Georgia families encountering barriers to accessing comprehensive reproductive health care. I went to medical school to become a compassionate reproductive health care provider, but there are limits to what I alone can do for my individual patients. Doctors like me need our lawmakers to create sound, evidence-based policies that address the many hurdles Georgians must overcome not only to get to the doctor’s office in the first place, but also to be able to afford the care they need and live healthy lives. The Strong Families Resolution is a crucial first step in doing this.”

The Thriving Families Georgia Coalition advocates for public policy that will improve access to affordable, comprehensive health care, remove barriers to workforce participation, address issues of racial disparity, and acknowledge all kinds of Georgia families. Visit ThrivingFamsGA.org for more information.