Carolyn Wetzel Continuum Award

Rose L. Horton, MSM, RN, NEA-BC will be honored with the Carolyn Wetzel Continuum Award at the Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies Coalition of Georgia (HMHBGA) virtual Annual Meeting and Conference. 

The Wetzel Continuum Award recognizes a volunteer or health professional who contributes to the health and well being of Georgia’s families by being a positive change agent in the public arena of advocacy and policy. This award is in memory of Carolyn Wetzel, a long-time HMHBGA member, friend, and dedicated public health advocate for mothers and babies. 

Horton has cared and advocated for birthing people and their families for over 25 years as a women’s health nurse. Prior to taking on her current position, Horton coordinated the opening of two freestanding birth centers in Tennessee and Colorado. Horton now serves as the Specialty Director for Women and Infant Services at Emory Decatur Hospital (EDH) where she oversees nurses, patient experience, quality initiatives, and development opportunities. 

As a Past President of the Association of Women’s Health and Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses, Horton routinely speaks on the national level on topics such as joy at work and nurses’ role in improving maternal mortality and morbidity. Horton leads nurses in making lasting change by pursuing partnerships between hospitals and community organizations such as WIC, Reaching Our Sisters Everywhere (ROSE), Black Mamas Matter Alliance (BMMA), Center for Black Women’s Wellness (CBWW), and HMHBGA. 

“Rose is the type of leader that other nurses want to follow. Rose encourages those she works with to practice gratitude, build resilience and find joy at work. Her ability to see patients as individuals, and to put what is best for that individual at the center of decision making is unparalleled. By modeling compassion, empathy, and understanding for each person’s unique situation, Rose challenges her peers to meet patients where they are.” 

Postpartum Medicaid Action Alert

Contact members of the Senate Health and Human Services Committee and ask them to vote YES on HB 1114 which extends Pregnancy Medicaid coverage from 2 months to 6 months following birth of a child for mothers to access critical postpartum care. They meet at 3:30PM today so please email them prior to 3:00PM!

Contact These Legislators

Please contact the members of the Senate Health and Human Services Committee which is voting on the bill today at 3:30PM.

Dear Senator ______,

Please vote YES on HB 1114 when it comes before you in the Senate Health and Human Services Committee today. This bill extends Medicaid coverage from 2 months to 6 months following birth of a child for mothers for critical postpartum care. As you are aware, this is a primary recommendation of Georgia’s Maternal Mortality Review Committee to address Georgia’s maternal health crisis.

 Providing access to healthcare for new mothers can reduce Georgia’s maternal mortality rate and ensure better health outcomes for the babies, saving costs and lives in years to come. Additionally, adopting postpartum Medicaid for at least six months following delivery is especially important now, to support the physical and mental health of mothers and their newborns, who are dealing with additional stresses such as ill family members, job losses, and uncertainty about the effects of COVID-19 on maternal and infant health.

Thank you for your service and for all you do for Georgia’s mothers and families.

Download our One-Pager

More than half of all births in Georgia are covered by Medicaid and by extending the period for postpartum coverage, the State has an opportunity to improve women’s health and birth outcomes. Specifically, we believe extending postpartum coverage would:

  • Reduce maternal mortality
  • Improve maternal health
  • Promote early detection and treatment of postpartum depression and related mental health conditions
  • Reduce the rate of low birthweight and preterm births (wrap-around services to prevent poor birth
  • outcomes in future pregnancies)
  • Reduce healthcare costs to the State
  • Support reimbursements for care given in rural Georgia

Happy to Help.

Email us with any questions at thecoalition@hmhbga.org. We will be down at the Capitol today advocating for this important measure!