By Maggie Lee Candidates for a Buckhead-area Atlanta City Council seat say their concerns for the district are traffic, development and infrastructure. Incumbent City Councilman Howard Shook was first elected in 2001 and now chairs ...
Earlier this year Maria Saporta reported on plans for Peachtree Hills Park. Now the damage is beginning. Laura Dobson says “They have put a street through the park. No other way to say it. It is ...
Hundreds and hundreds of trees will be cut down in the Peachtree Hills community as a result of two developments currently being proposed. Ashton Woods – an ironic name for the developer – is planning to ...
BY ELLIE HENSLEY, MIDTOWN ALLIANCE EDITOR + PRODUCER ‘Tis the season for hot cocoa, holiday lights and gatherings with friends and family. No matter how you feel like celebrating and who you want to celebrate with this year, Midtown has something for you in the heart of it all. We’ve heard the arguments about how early is too early to decorate for the holidays. Right after the Thanksgiving turkey hits the table seems like the perfect time for us to switch on the lights for Midtown Bright, our holiday lighting installation that stretches two miles down Peachtree Street from the north end of the district near SCAD’s Atlanta campus to the south end by Emory Midtown Hospital. Midtown Bright includes about 100 trees wrapped in single-tone LED strands in 10 different colors. These kaleidoscopic hues were introduced several years ago to mimic the bright color scheme of the Midtown neighborhood’s brand identity. This project is funded by the Midtown Improvement District and has several tie-ins with property owners that partner with Midtown Alliance to host the lighting installations. Walk around the district and look for about 25 three-dimensional Moravian stars that range in height from three to 23 feet. You can find them scattered throughout Midtown in notable locations such as on top of The Fox Theatre and on the lawn of the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta. Take a stroll down Peachtree between Thanksgiving and mid-January, when the stars are scheduled to be removed. The trees will remain decorated through the end of next January, and are illuminated beginning at 4:30 p.m. If you’re interested in building professional relationships this month among the colorful lighting displays, sign up for our holiday edition of Mix-It-Up Midtown happening December 1 at Livingston Restaurant and Bar, inside the Georgian Terrace. This historic street corner in Midtown is decked out with holiday lights and stars on three of its four corners, including at Ponce Triangle Park. Snap some photos, meet others who spend time in thedistrict and enjoy a cocktail, light bites and holiday music. All of the ticket sales from the event benefit Atlanta Children’s Shelter, and there will also be a toy drive at the event to benefit their Holiday House. For younger Midtowners, as well as the young at heart, we’re also hosting Holidays With the Honeybees, a free outdoor caroling performance by SCAD’s premier singing ensemble. The musical stylings of the SCAD HoneyBees include songs by legendary artists such as Aretha Franklin, Whitney Houston, Frank Sinatra, Sam Cooke, Nina Simone, John Legend, Adele and Beyonce. Join us the evening of December 7 at Arts District Plaza, on the corner of 15th and Peachtree Streets, for a special holiday concert that will be fun for the whole family. We’ll have a free hot chocolate bar to keep us all warm and a visit from Santa Claus. From pop-up bars to special performances and Atlanta Botanical Garden’s annual Garden Lights, Holiday Nights, there’s a plethora of holiday events taking place in Midtown this year. Bring the family, book a girls’ or guys’ night or a date night, and spend some time with us this season. This is sponsored content.
MARTA honors and celebrates bus operator Coy Dumas, Jr. for his 50 years of service. A native of Adamsville, Mr. Dumas joined MARTA, then known as Atlanta Transit, in 1972 as a bus operator. He has run routes solely in west Atlanta over the years, and currently operates Route 853 out of West Lake Station on the Blue Line. MARTA estimates Mr. Dumas has carried 2.8 million passengers since he began operating a bus. He also boasts a spotless driving record, having driven over two million miles without an accident. A mentor to countless operators over five decades, Mr. Dumas leads the Mentorship Program out of Perry Bus Facility. “The most remarkable part of Mr. Dumas’s 50 years with MARTA is the close relationship he has built and nurtured with the communities in west Atlanta,” said MARTA Board Chair Rita Scott. “He is on a first-name basis with his customers and they will tell you, he is not just the man who drives the bus, he is a mainstay in their community and part of the family. Mr. Dumas represents the very best of MARTA and we celebrate his incredible career.” “Mr. Dumas shows a loyalty, commitment, and longevity in his career that is rare indeed,” said MARTA General Manager and CEO Collie Greenwood. “Anyone who’s driven a bus can tell you it is hard work. Mr. Dumas does it with a smile and a sense of pride that makes his customers and all who cross his path feel uplifted and inspired. I thank him for his incredible dedication and service and celebrate all he’s done for MARTA and for the countless people he’s mentored and customers he’s moved through metro Atlanta over the past 50 years.” “Condoleezza Rice said, ‘People who end up as first don’t actually set out to be first, they set out to do something they love.’ This represents badge number one Coy Dumas, Jr.,” said Britt Dunams, Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU) Local 732 President. “Professional Operator and ATU 732-member Coy Dumas is a true transit professional, safely providing an essential service day in and day out with a welcoming, positive attitude. He is a mentor and community leader, too, taking time with new and less experienced operators ensuring all MARTA customers receive the world-class service he’s become known for over the last five decades.” “I have distinct early MARTA memories of Mr. Dumas from when I was new to Atlanta and just learning to use the bus system. At the time, I was living in the GSU Village dorms, and had started regularly riding routes out of North Avenue Station. I recall a handful of times that I caught Mr. Dumas’s bus, with him in the crisp and complete full uniform, driver’s cap and all. It always made an impression and he was – as he still is – an absolute professional,” said MARTA Planner and customer Ryan VanSickle. Mr. Dumas was honored at the November meeting of the MARTA Board of Directors and while surrounded by his wife Teresa and many friends and colleagues, was surprised with a bus bearing his image at a celebration held at MARTA headquarters. Digital billboards celebrating Mr. Dumas and his 50 years with MARTA will be on display throughout Atlanta for the next month. He also received a special 50-year service award and uniform patch, and a proclamation from the city of Austell, where he works and lives. To view a video celebrating Mr. Dumas’s 50 years with MARTA click here 50 Years of Service | Coy Dumas, Jr. – YouTube. This is sponsored content.
Representatives from the Metro Atlanta Chamber and the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce recently joined Fiserv, a leading global provider of payments and financial services technology with a significant presence in the Atlanta area, to present three Atlanta-area small businesses with $10,000 grants in recognition of Hispanic Heritage Month. The business owners who received grants included: Joel Ferrer of Chef Joel Coco Cabana LLC, a restaurant delighting guests with unique cuisine, showcasing Chef Joel’s classically trained background and Cuban heritage. Vanessa Higgins of Clean Tu Casa, a cleaning, organizing and personal errand service company serving homes, small offices and short-term rentals in Metro Atlanta. Alejandra “Luz” Pelaez of UP Advertising, a multicultural advertising and digital marketing agency specializing in reaching the Hispanic market, ensuring companies communicate authentically. In interviews following the grant presentations, the recipients discussed the impact the grants will have on their businesses. Chef Ferrer highlighted plans to invest in upgraded technology, while Vanessa Higgins underscored that the grants will enable her to create jobs and Sebastian Uribe of UP Advertising noted an anticipated increase in sales. The grants were awarded as part of the Fiserv Back2Business program, a $50 million commitment to support minority-owned small businesses. In addition to grants, Back2Business connects diverse small businesses with critical resources, including complimentary small business coaching, leading technology solutions such as Clover and community partners. “We’re proud to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month by supporting these inspiring businesses and all the small businesses that play a crucial role in Atlanta’s economy,” said Vivian Greentree, Senior Vice President and Head of Global Corporate Citizenship at Fiserv. “Providing funding and resources to help small, diverse businesses thrive is a key tenet of the Back2Business program and it’s wonderful to see the impact this program has made in cities all over the country, and especially here in our own backyard in Atlanta.” “It is an honor to partner with Fiserv and the Georgia Hispanic Chamber of Commerce to celebrate and support entrepreneurs in the Hispanic community during Hispanic Heritage Month,” said Alex Gonzalez, Chief Innovation and Marketing Officer at the Metro Atlanta Chamber. “Through the Back2Business grants, Fiserv is providing access to capital and resources to help these three Hispanic-owned businesses grow and thrive.” In addition to facing difficult business conditions such as rising costs, supply chain challenges and labor shortages, Hispanic-owned small businesses have their own unique set of challenges. “Fiserv recognition and support of the Hispanic community, providing valuable grants and services at a critical time for small businesses through Back2Business, is key to assuring equitable opportunities for our community and to being seen as the vital force that we are for the economy and the great state of Georgia,” said Verónica Maldonado-Torres, President and CEO, Georgia Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. “When one group thrives, we all thrive as a society, and that is our goal at the GHCC – to match businesses with the resources, tools and opportunities to inspire them and help them reimagine the next for their company.” In addition to Atlanta, Fiserv has sponsored the Back2Business program in cities including New York, Milwaukee, Miami, Chicago, Detroit, Tulsa, Oakland, Washington. D.C. and Omaha. To date, Fiserv has presented nearly 1,500 grants to small businesses through the program. This is sponsored content.
For a second year, ULI Atlanta will administer the Etkin Scholar’s program for 2022 – 2023. Last year, ULI Atlanta was one of five district councils to pilot the ULI Etkin Scholar Program designed to introduce college and university students with a real estate interest and degree focus to the resources available through ULI membership while integrating those students into the ULI path of learning. The program has expanded this year to eight cities. The Etkin Scholars program is seven (7) months long and will run from November 2022 through June 2023. During this time, scholars will be required to: Spend an average of three hours monthly on ULI activities, in-person or online; Attend two ULI National Etkin Scholars virtual events; Attend four ULI Atlanta Scholars events in person; Access to Foundations of Real Estate Certification program at your own pace online at ULI Learning (details coming later this fall/winter) The overall goal of this program is to bring the scholar into the world of land use and commercial real estate development – to educate and connect them with the many fields, leaders, and limitless opportunities of this industry. The Atlanta Scholars will have the opportunity to tour projects, meet local leaders and learn about career options and attend events on industry trends and challenges. Between the two program years, students represented in Atlanta have come from Atlanta Technical College, Emory University, Georgia State, Georgia Tech, Kennesaw State and Morehouse College. We are excited to announce the class for the 2022 – 2023 year below: You can also read more about the Etkin Scholars and see their bios here Special thank you to ULI members and program leaders, Amanda Rhein, Keith Mack and Quinn Green for leading this as a signature initiative of the DEI Committee. Click here to learn more about the ULI Etkin Scholars Program. This is sponsored content.
By Jared Teutsch, Executive Director Birds are all around us … outside windows, in yards, on beaches, in the woods … wherever we look we can find birds. The world has more than 10,000 bird species, and at least 350 species live or migrate through Georgia each year. So how do scientists keep track of population trends and determine which species are thriving and which might be in trouble? While scientists have many techniques for researching bird populations, one of the best ways to collect and analyze data about population trends and bird abundance is to look at the vast amounts of data submitted by people like you. It’s called community science and anyone can participate. Community science is a tremendous tool that encourages people to record their observations of the natural world. Participants use basic scientific procedures to record and report their observations, and both the public and the scientific community can share and collaborate on their findings. Each year, hundreds of thousands of community scientists submit millions of observations. And there are so many different ways to participate depending on how much time you’d like to invest. From submitting your observations occasionally to participating in full-day bird counts, there are so many different ways to get involved. Georgia Audubon, in collaboration with National Audubon Society, the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, and others is involved with a number of community science initiatives that not only provide valuable data on bird populations and sightings, but also help people learn more about birds and the natural world around them. From homeowners reporting information on birds in their yards, to those Christmas Bird Counts, or helping with point counts and quail surveys, community scientists of all ages and birding abilities are contributing valuable information about the birds that are, in turn, used by Georgia Audubon and other conservation organizations. By far, the most popular and frequently used community science tool is eBird (https://ebird.org/home). Managed by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, eBird is one of the world’s largest biodiversity-related science projects, with more than 100 million bird sightings contributed each year from across the world. Birders enter when, where, and how they went birding, and then fill out a checklist of all the birds that were seen or heard during the outing using eBird’s free mobile app in the field or later at home via the website. In addition, the eBird website allows individuals and researchers a multitude of ways to explore and summarize data from observations by the global eBird community. The longest-running community science program in the world is the Christmas Bird Count (CBC) (https://www.audubon.org/conservation/science/christmas-bird-count) which began in 1900 and is held each year across the United States and Canada. Volunteers spread out in pre-determined “circles” (a defined 15-mile diameter circle that covers roughly 177 square miles) to count all the birds they see or hear on one calendar day. Audubon’s 123rd Christmas Bird Count will take place from December 14, 2022 to January 5, 2023. Georgia Audubon also coordinates the Climate Watch (https://www.audubon.org/conservation/climate-watch) program in Georgia on behalf of National Audubon Society. Launched in 2016, Climate Watch tracks near-real-time response of how 12 bird species are responding to climate change. This data is used by Audubon scientists to document in peer reviewed research how birds are responding to climate change and shifting their ranges. A collaborative effort between National Audubon Society, the Cornell Lab or Ornithology, and Bird Canada, the Great Backyard Bird Count take place during a four-day period each February. During this period, community scientists count and report the birds they find and report them via the eBird database. Participants are asked to count for a minimum of 15 minutes on any day of the four-day event, and people may count birds at home or out in the field. The 2023 Great Backyard Bird Count will take place from February 17 to 20. To learn more or participate, visit https://www.birdcount.org/ Nestwatch (https://nestwatch.org/) is acommunity science project that the entire family may enjoy. This nationwide monitoring program is designed to track status and trends in reproductive bird biology. Participants are asked to find nests (generally in their yards or nearby parks) and to check them regularly to see how many eggs have been laid, how many hatch, and how many hatchlings survive. Cornell provides training on how to safely monitor nests. The information collected is used by scientists to study the current conditions of breeding bird populations and how they may be changing over time. A similar program, Project Feeder Watch (https://feederwatch.org/), asks community scientists to record birds they see at their feeders during the winter months. These are just a small sampling of the community science projects taking place across the U.S. Georgia Audubon volunteers and community scientists also conduct Breeding Bird surveys, Bobwhite Quail surveys, and take part in the Project Safe Flight Program researching bird-building collisions. There are so many ways in which to get involved. But, together these programs collect consistent information across large geographic areas over long periods of time that scientists can use to reveal how birds are affected by habitat loss, pollution, disease, climate, and other environmental changes. These insights, in turn, inform conservation plans and key actions to protect birds and habitats. Find a project that’s right for you, and join the Community Science movement today! This is sponsored content.
By Debbie Fiddyment Wells Fargo CEO Charlie Scharf and Operation HOPE chairman, founder and CEO John Hope Bryant cut the ribbon Wednesday on a newly redesigned Stone Mountain branch that focuses on resources for unbanked and underserved communities. The updated Stone Mountain Memorial branch in DeKalb County introduced a “HOPE Inside” center and financial coach who works for the Atlanta-based nonprofit Operation HOPE. The financial coach will seek to empower community members with financial education and guidance, such as helping them improve their credit scores. It’s Operation HOPE’s 200th “HOPE Inside” location and the first redesigned Wells Fargo branch in the U.S. to feature an Operation HOPE financial coach. It marks the beginning of the bank’s work to introduce “HOPE Inside” centers and coaches in 20 markets by the end 2023. The plan, part of Wells Fargo’s Banking Inclusion Initiative, also includes redesigning 100 branches in low- to moderate-income neighborhoods across the nation. It’s Scharf second visit to the Atlanta area this year after he earlier announced a $20 million donation to help diverse small businesses in the city. The Stone Mountain branch in DeKalb County was chosen because it’s in one of the most diverse and fastest-growing counties in Georgia. The urgency for financial stability is growing as residents from DeKalb County and metro Atlanta face rising inflation and greater economic challenges. According to the FDIC, about 5 percent of Atlanta metro area residents are unbanked, and the unbanked population is disproportionately Black and African American, Hispanic and Native American. This is sponsored content.
By Robert Foley, M.Ed., Senior Project Director and Eric Strunz, MPH This Native American Heritage Month, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is launching a suite of new maternal health resources for American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) communities to raise awareness of urgent warning signs during and after pregnancy. A good measure of a country’s health is how well their systems and communities are taking care of their expecting and new mothers. While the maternal mortality rate decreased globally from 2000 to 2017, the United States (U.S.) continues to find itself struggling. In 2020, the U.S. experienced a rate of 23.8 maternal deaths per 100,000 live births –up from 2018 and 2019 and one of the worst in the developed world. The maternal death rate for American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) women is consistently higher than the U.S. national average, and AI/AN woman have a higher prevalence of postpartum depression (14%-29.7%) when compared to the U.S. average (11%). The disparity demands action. Mothers are the carriers of life and hold a sacred place in our societies, with this role being even more revered in many AI/AN cultures. People who are pregnant and postpartum must be given the necessary care and attention to fulfill this role, and their voices must be heard. They can tell the stories of their bodies, and we need to listen. In 2020, the CDC launched the Hear Her campaign to help women and communities keep mothers and babies healthy by listening to each other, encouraging women to speak up and raise concerns, and connecting with help when needed. Given the disparities that American Indian and Alaska Native people experience, CDC recognized the importance of developing culturally appropriate resources for AI/AN audiences and met with partners at the National Indian Health Board (NIHB) to discuss needs and considerations for serving AI/AN communities. AI/AN cultures have distinct ways of talking about pregnancy, and AI/AN women have unique experiences with medical systems and traditional care. CDC listened and in January 2021 issued a “Dear Tribal Leader Letter” to inform Tribal leaders across the nation of its intention to develop resources to serve AI/AN communities. Since then, the Hear Her team has been connecting with Native women to learn about their experiences with pregnancy-related complications, including accessing care, managing their own health and wellbeing, and connecting with their families, friends and communities. These experiences helped to craft new culturally resonant messages, testimonial videos and resources which are now being launched through the Hear Her campaign. The project is supported through a partnership and funding from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Minority Health as well as partnership with the CDC Foundation, with support from Merck through its Merck for Mothers Program. The Hear Her AI/AN campaign was also made possible by input and assistance from the National Indian Health Board as well as other American Indian colleagues and partners. The new resources include: Testimonials from five American Indian women who experienced pregnancy-related complications. Conversation guides, palm cards and posters that help AI/AN pregnant and postpartum people recognize urgent maternal warning signs and get the care they need. Materials to support healthcare professionals who serve AI/AN communities in their delivery of respectful, culturally appropriate care. Although deaths related to pregnancy are rare, most are preventable. We lose too many mothers each year from complications related to pregnancy, especially within AI/AN communities. Mothers are sacred carriers of life, and we must do more to keep mothers healthy and safe by hearing their concerns and ensuring they get the care. The Hear Her campaign represents one important step to raise awareness about urgent maternal warning signs and help save lives. Robert Foley, M.Ed., is the senior project director working with the Hear Her AI/AN campaign. Eric Strunz is a program officer, Noninfectious Disease Programs, for the CDC Foundation. This is sponsored content.
Westside Future Fund (WFF) is excited to be supporting thought leadership in the SaportaReport on Atlanta’s Historic Westside. At the October 15 Transform Westside Summit we announced the Westside Future Fund (WFF) PRI Program! A program-related investment (PRI) is low-cost capital that not-for-profit organizations can use to spur community development. Thanks to charitable support from Truist and PNC banks, WFF will provide low-cost loans to small, minority-owned businesses based in or serving the Historic Westside. This program builds on a pilot initially funded by AT&T and the Beloved Benefit. Our goal is to mobilize people with current, historical, or aspirational ties to the community to organically support the Westside’s economic development. The October 15 Transform Westside Summit highlighted the importance of economic empowerment of African American entrepreneurs with three special guest panelists – Courtney Smith from PNC Bank, Paul Wilson, Jr. from the Russell Innovation Center for Entrepreneurs (RICE), and Keitra Bates of Marddy’s Shared Kitchen and Marketplace. A common theme from the panelists was the need for equity in access to capital for Black business owners. Keitra Bates noted that white startups have access to $100,000 from family, on average, while for black startups, it’s only $11,000. In June 2020, PNC Bank announced its bold $1 billion commitment to playing a role in combatting racism and discrimination. During the Summit, Courtney elaborated on PNC’s commitment to the Westside by helping end systemic racism by donating to WFF for program-related investments. Keitra Bates is a recipient of a WFF PRI that she used to renovate and expand her shared kitchen. Marddy’s focus is on economic inclusion, business development, and growth opportunities for local food entrepreneurs with their primary service groups of people of color, women, and other marginalized populations. With the help of RICE, the PRI recipients will have access to resources to innovate, grow, create jobs, and build wealth. Part business generator, innovation lab, and museum, RICE invests in African American entrepreneurs, strengthens businesses, and creates community. We have many miles to eliminate the wealth gap between white and black startups. Thanks to our panelists and the organization they represent, we are making progress and hopefully serving as models for others! Check out our newsletter to learn more about the October 15 Summit. This is sponsored content.
By Natallie Keiser, executive director, HouseATL By now, everyone has heard about, or personally experienced, Atlanta’s housing affordability crisis. While it’s always important to define a problem, continuously repeating dire statistics and stories can be an energy drain. We also have to look at our assets – what do we have to work with to address this? And, we need to celebrate progress, as it reminds us that we can indeed overcome challenges. HouseATL’s recent reconvening on October 26th gave Atlantans an opportunity to celebrate affordable housing progress made since 2018. It also was a reminder of the HouseATL origin story and a platform to gather our assets for a refreshed strategic direction in 2023. HouseATL originated as a coalition of the willing, with some visionary partners catalyzing people to come together from across sectors to examine our affordable housing challenge. Those convening entities had the foresight to make a table where a breadth of people could find a meaningful way to contribute. In 2018, that coalition put forth 23 recommendations – a call to action to all of Atlanta, but in particular to our civic leadership. In 2019, HouseATL organized itself into working groups to advance some of those 23 recommendations. HouseATL had barely begun implementation when the pandemic hit, but the network that we had built positioned us to respond. During the pandemic, HouseATL’s members pivoted to address the changing housing needs of Atlantans. Members maintained trust and goodwill under stress as people tried to figure out new mechanisms to scale rental assistance, protect vulnerable residents and recommend effective uses of new federal funds. As HouseATL looks to the future, we recognize that the housing market has changed dramatically. It has been disrupted not only by the pandemic and its related supply chain and labor challenges, but also by technological advances, capital market shifts and interest rate hikes. And, Atlanta’s population has continued to grow. We need to refresh and refine our strategic recommendations for Atlanta with this context, which we plan to do in 2023. To gather our assets for this strategic work, we are formalizing our membership structure and creating clear pathways to leadership, while adhering firmly to our guiding principles. Our Board will be adding members based on assessment of needs. Our fiscal sponsor, the Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta, is helping to firm up our back office operations. While strengthening our organizational structure, we are also staying open to opportunities, such as being a partner in the new multi-year WORTH initiative to address the racial wealth gap through homeownership. Atlanta is very rich in “housers”, people with passion, lived experience, expertise and/or leadership skills in affordable housing. We can even include our own Mayor in that category. We also have a wealth of organizations contributing to solutions, from grassroots organizers to private developers to foundations. We also have people from across various sectors who want to contribute, from health care to transit. HouseATL aims to continue to be a broad-based platform providing for coordination among all these assets as we work together to advance strategic recommendations that will create a more inclusive, thriving Atlanta. Join us! To learn more, visit https://houseatl.org/. This is sponsored content.
Gaumard Scientific Co., an industry leader in simulation technology for health care education and training, announced that HAL® S5301, the world’s most advanced interdisciplinary patient simulator, has been installed at the Emory University Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing’s new state-of-the-art simulation and learning center. This is the first commercial installation of HAL S5301, which has begun shipping to customers in the U.S. HAL S5301 introduces several groundbreaking features including conversational speech enhanced by artificial intelligence*, lifelike motor movement and next-generation simulated physiology that allows HAL to simulate stroke symptoms and other medical conditions. Thus, educators can facilitate true-to-life clinical training experiences in the areas of emergency, trauma, ICU and med-surg care with a level of fidelity never before possible. HAL S5301’s capabilities allow students to immerse themselves in realistic training scenarios that hone critical thinking skills and reinforce the transfer of these learned experiences to real-world clinical practice. HAL S5301 is a permanent resident at the School of Nursing’s Emory Nursing Learning Center, which opened to students this fall. The state-of-the-art facility has over 70,000 square feet of teaching and learning space with the capacity for deliberate practice, structured learning, feedback and debriefing and high-stakes assessment exams. The center also offers immersive learning opportunities for licensed nurses through the Emory Nursing Experience, a partnership with Emory Healthcare. “We are thrilled to announce the first installation of HAL S5301 at the Emory University Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing. HAL S5301’s breakthrough speech enhanced by AI* and its clinical capabilities surpass those of any other patient simulators on the market. HAL represents the new generation of technology that will be used to educate and empower tomorrow’s nursing and medical graduates with an unprecedented level of real-world skill, confidence and preparation,” noted John Eggert, Gaumard’s executive vice president. James Archetto, Gaumard’s vice president of US direct sales, added, “This first installation of HAL S5301 highlights the importance of educating nursing students on high-risk, low-frequency clinical conditions using advanced technology and sophisticated training scenarios. Emory’s faculty have already begun incorporating HAL S5301 into their curriculum to provide students with the most effective learning opportunities.” The School of Nursing’s HAL S5301 — known as “Emory HAL” — is already having an impact. “Because of Emory HAL’s engineering and artificial intelligence capabilities, he can process information and respond to learners much more organically during simulations,” said Mena Khan, MD, CHSE, director of operations for the Emory School of Nursing simulation program. “Emory HAL instills a more dynamic and interactive layer of preparation for our learners, much like actual patients. Our students will be even better prepared for nursing care and leadership roles because of their work with Emory HAL.” For more information on HAL S5301, visit the product page at www.gaumard.com/HAL-S5301. Watch the product video here. Download HAL S5301 product images here. For additional multimedia inquiries, please visit our media contact page. About Gaumard Scientific Gaumard Scientific is recognized by health care educators and students worldwide for its commitment to innovation with the development of the most advanced patient simulation technology. Gaumard designs and manufactures simulators at its global headquarters in Miami and markets them directly in the U.S. as well as through distributors in 70 countries. Gaumard’s customer base includes militaries, emergency medical services, major teaching hospitals, and nursing schools. Gaumard’s product launch timeline reflects the company’s unwavering commitment to innovation. In 2000, Gaumard launched the revolutionary family of NOELLE® maternal and neonatal care simulators that changed how training is conducted. In 2004, Gaumard pioneered the use of fully tetherless technology by introducing the family of HAL® simulators. In 2014, the company introduced VICTORIA®, its most advanced maternal and neonatal care simulator, as part of the NOELLE family. In 2017, Gaumard introduced Super TORY®, the first newborn simulator developed to meet the challenges of neonatal care specialists training in real environments. Pediatric HAL®, the world’s most advanced pediatric patient simulator and the first capable of simulating lifelike emotions through dynamic facial expressions, movement, and speech, was launched in 2018. For company and product information, visit www.gaumard.com. Follow Gaumard on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, and YouTube. About the Emory University Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing Ranked No. 2 in BSN and Master’s degree programs and No. 6 in Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) programs by U.S. News & World Report, the Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing produces nurse leaders who are transforming healthcare through science, education, practice and policy. Graduates go on to become national and international leaders in patient care, public health, government, research and education. Others become qualified to seek certification as nurse practitioners and nurse-midwives, and the DNP program trains nurse anesthetists and advanced leaders in health care administration. The school also maintains a PhD program in partnership with Emory’s Laney Graduate School. For more information, visit nursing.emory.edu. Follow the School of Nursing on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, and Instagram. *Conversational Speech may not be available in some countries or areas; internet access is required. Visit www.gaumard.com for more details. This is sponsored content.
By GEEARS These days, the topic of mental health seems to be everywhere. In the wake of the pandemic, medical practitioners, educators, and government leaders are all freshly aware of mental health challenges and the imperative that we incorporate their treatment into everyday healthcare. Yet, the public still has some catching up to do when it comes to understanding infant and toddler mental health needs. A growing body of research indicates that babies do have mental health—and it’s a critical springboard into a life of well-being. That’s why GEEARS is thrilled to have been a primary partner in the formation of the Georgia Association for Infant Mental Health (GA-AIMH). The association has several goals, including raising awareness of young children’s social and emotional needs, developing and supporting the state’s IECMH workforce, and fostering cross-system collaboration. GA-AIMH was founded after a two-year-long series of conversations, collaborations, and recommendations within the Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health Committee of GEEARS’ Georgia Infant-Toddler Coalition. Throughout the year, an exploratory board that included GEEARS’ Senior Health Policy Manager, Callan Wells, labored to define the vision, mission, values, and goals of GA-AIMH and to find a home for the association at Georgia State University’s Mark Chaffin Center for Healthy Development (MCCHD). GA-AIMH is now up and running, offering training for behavioral health clinicians in Child-Parent Psychotherapy (CPP). The association celebrated its launch at a luncheon on November 2nd at the Georgia State College of Law. At the lectern at the jubilant event were speakers that included GEEARS Executive Director, Mindy Binderman and Commissioner of the Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning, Amy M. Jacobs. “According to the National Institutes of Health,” Jacobs told the group, “nine to 14 percent of children ages zero to five experience emotional or behavioral disturbances, which is the same rate as school-age children. Mental health starts from the very beginning and we need a system in Georgia to better support the mental health of young children and their caregivers.” “A lot of folks who came to the launch expressed gratitude,” Wells observed afterwards. She noted that the 150 attendees came from all over Georgia and represented a range of professions, from mental health clinicians to professionals at state agencies, from advocates to child care providers. “They’ve been waiting for this. They’ve had kids who are experiencing trauma and they’ve had nowhere to refer them. Having this training hub—a professional home for people who want to support young children in this way—is something they’ve really been needing.” Indeed, many in the luncheon reported that the room was practically “vibrating” with hopeful energy. We think a similar optimism—and a great mini-education about IECMH—can be found in the video below. In it, you’ll hear about the policy advances that GEEARS and its partners have achieved on behalf of Georgia’s youngest children. You’ll also learn what you can do to support GA-AIMH along with GEEARS, which continues to be a GA-AIMH partner and an advocate for IECMH through the Georgia Infant and Toddler Coalition. Together, we can help launch the next generation of babies into a healthy and successful future. This is sponsored content.
Visit the Atlanta Civic Circle, a nonprofit journalism and civic engagement site, which works on community-wide issues and solutions.