Foundation News

1st of October 2020

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 […]

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13th of August 2020

United Health Foundation Donates $750,000 to Support Maternal Health Needs of Georgia Amid COVID-19 Pandemic

Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies Coalition of Georgia to expand services and support for at-risk mothers.

5th of August 2020

Pickles & Ice Cream Social Media Challenge Promotes Healthier Births in Georgia

ATLANTA, GA – Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies Coalition of Georgia (HMHBGA) is celebrating the launch of Pickles & Ice Cream Georgia®—its new perinatal education program—with the Pickles & Ice Cream social media challenge during the month of August. The social media challenge starts August 4 and an accompanying challenge contest will run from August 1 to […]

29th of July 2020

Keeping Current @ the Capitol – Thanking Our Legislators!

This legislative session came with a number of challenges but ended with great wins. We want to thank and recognize the legislative champions that worked to pass legislation and protect funds needed to improve Georgia’s maternal and infant health.  2020 Legislative Session Wins The Georgia 2020 legislative session was one for the books and ended […]

28th of July 2020

HMHBGA Receives $30,000 Investment from Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation

Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies Coalition of Georgia (HMHBGA) is proud to announce that in July of 2020, the organization received an investment from the Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation in support of our evidence-based perinatal education program, Pickles & Ice Cream Georgia®. In 2019, HMHBGA released a report on the evaluation of current prenatal education […]

29th of June 2020

2020 Legislative Session Wrap Up

Georgia General Assembly Sine Die After a suspended session, adjusting to the COVID-19 pandemic, and weathering budget cuts Georgia’s 2020 legislative session ended on June 26, 2020. Below is a summary of what happened.  Maternal Health Items Restored As reported in the the last Keeping Current @ the Capitol® issue, a number of maternal health items were in […]

23rd of June 2020

Action Alert – Support Tobacco Tax Increase

Contact members (see below) of the Senate Rules Committee and ask them to support HB 882 to increase the tobacco tax to $1.35 per pack.  Contact These Legislators In response to the current pandemic, state agencies have been asked to cut their budgets by 11%, which affects a number of critical maternal health services. Additional revenue from this […]


18th of June 2020

Executive Transition Announcement

Dear Supporters, It is with both sadness and gratitude that I announce Elise Blasingame’s departure as Executive Director of Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies Coalition of Georgia (HMHBGA). HMHBGA has a 46-year history of serving the community by improving maternal and infant health in Georgia through advocacy, education and access to vital resources. Since 2016, Elise […]

Johnecia Mason, HMHBGA Board President

17th of June 2020

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 […]

11th of June 2020

Keeping Current @ the Capitol – Week of June 8, 2020

Georgia General Assembly Expected to Resume June 15 The Georgia General Assembly plans to return to session on June 15. The legislative session was suspended on March 13 (legislative day 29) due to concerns about the potential spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19). Virtual and in-person committee meetings began in May and will continue before the start of session. Learn more about the session reconvening here. Budget Cuts Impact […]