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District 4 Health Equity Navigator Program

Welcome, and thank you for visiting the Georgia District 4 Health Equity Navigator Program. Our team of professionals and volunteers is dedicated to outreach and community programs designed to combat healthcare inequities, disparities, and social determinants of health barriers in rural and underserved communities of West Georgia.

Collaborative
Community
Partners:

108

Community
Outreach Events
to Date:

136

People reached
through HENP
Outreach:

1480

Community
Member Contacts
Responded to:

100

Combatting Healthcare Disparities in West Georgia

The Mercer University School of Medicine Health Equity Navigator Program is designed to increase knowledge of and access to resources to combat the effects of health disparities in rural and underserved communities in a 12-county region of West Georgia (Upson, Lamar, Pike, Spalding, Meriwether, Troup, Heard, Carroll, Coweta, Fayette, Henry, and Butts).

Navigators work with community members and organizations to conduct outreach and engagement focused on key health issues within the community; training community members on health topics and the impact of health differences on their community; providing chronic disease prevention resources; and connecting community members to resources and services that address underlying issues that drive health.

The Mercer University School of Medicine Health Equity Navigator Program is an active project of the Center for Rural Health and Health Disparities, which is dedicated to implementing community-driven solutions to improve health disparity issues in rural and underserved areas of Georgia.

Their overall mission is to partner with rural and underserved communities to engage in interdisciplinary research, training and community outreach designed to generate novel, community-driven methods for eliminating health disparities. The Center for Rural Health and Health Disparities is one of only two rural-and-underserved-focused NIH Centers of Excellence in the nation and operates numerous programs focused on eliminating disparities in maternal and infant mortality, opioid overdose and chronic diseases. Our work is supported by the NIH’s National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities, HRSA’s Office of Rural Health Policy and HRSA’s Maternal and Child Health Bureau.

Counties We Serve

Troup Fayette Carroll Heard Coweta Meriwether Upson Pike Lamar Spalding Henry Butts

Meet The Team

Ransome Eke headshot

Ransome Eke

MD, PhD, MCHES

Director/Principal Investigator
Associate Professor, Mercer School of Medicine Department of Community Health

Email icon eke_r@mercer.edu

Kathy Rosado

BSAD

Director of Operations, Health Equity Navigator Program

at Mercer University, School of Medicine

Email icon rosado_k@mercer.edu

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Garret Vance

MS

Health Equity Navigator

Email icon vance_g@mercer.edu

Annabel Lyons headshot

Annabel Lyons

BSHS

Health Equity Navigator

Email icon lyons_a@mercer.edu

Healthcare News From HENP

Healthcare Events Near You

Health Equity Navigator Program (HENP) staff and volunteers will be participating in and hosting events near you – watch here for upcoming events in your community.

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April

13

Meriwether County - Community Health Fair

April

15

Henry County College and Career Fair

April

16

Lamar County - Senior Health and Wellness Event

April

20

Troup County Family Expo and Child Abuse Awareness Event

April

23

Lamar County - Senior Health and Wellness Event

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