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Addressing health inequities through community partnerships

By Guest Columnist TODD ELLIS, DHA, principal in KPMG’s Health and Government Solutions practice

Healthcare and access to medical resources is top of mind for many these days. Whether it’s related to the COVID-19 pandemic, health insurance, prescription drug costs or the difficulty of navigating the system, healthcare plays a crucial role in our daily lives. Today, we also recognize there are still barriers that may affect medical access for historically underserved communities.

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DeKalb County’s warming centers miss the mark in serving our unhoused

By Guest Columnist SARA PATENAUDE, chair of the Coalition for a Diverse DeKalb

On a recent freezing night in January, two unhoused residents found refuge in DeKalb County Fire Station No. 3, located in Avondale Estates. They were shown into the station conference room, where they were allowed to sit at the tables and chairs and spend the night out of the cold.

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Black-run nonprofits need support of big foundations to help them serve people

By Guest Columnist IVORY CLOUD, founder of Dreams of Lois, Inc.,

My name is Ivory Cloud and I am a wife, mother, educator and entrepreneur. I have been in education for nearly 20 years. I am a proud founder of the registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit Dreams of Lois, Inc. I started Dreams of Lois more than 10 years ago in honor of my mother, Lois, who died at a young age from cancer.

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From marginalized to mainstream

By Guest Columnist JOE HUDSON, trailblazing Black business advocate, mentor and coach

Today is the day that the Black business community needs to begin to step into city/community leadership roles. And, now is the time to put together funds from the Black community and its Black businesses to help build Atlanta’s Black community infrastructure and to protect our interest going forward. We have money and business leadership talent. We have many rich Black people in Atlanta who, as former Mayor Maynard Jackson used to say, “Get what they can get, and sit on the can.”