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SnapCo Celebrates 11 Years of Community Building, Cultural Impact with Inaugural Fundraising Gala

The Solutions Not Punishment Collaborative (SnapCo) will hold its inaugural SnapCo Forever Gala as a call to action for SnapCo supporters, old and new, to continue celebrating and investing in Black trans leadership for years to come. With the theme “Make it Last”, the inaugural gala will occur on Saturday, July 13, 6:00 pm, at Factory Atlanta. The gala will raise money for SnapCo’s Taking Care of Our Own Fund, a mutual aid project created in 2016 to provide urgent, life-impacting, health-sustaining support to Atlanta’s Black, trans, and queer communities,…

New Digital Workshop Helps 9th Graders Adjust to High School

As eighth graders, they were the big kids on their middle school campus. As they move on to ninth grade, they will be the youngest kids in high school. The new experience is daunting enough on its own, but with all the societal distractions present today, incoming freshmen have challenges their parents and grandparents never had to imagine. A new digital workshop, 829 Rising, guides incoming high school freshmen through an informative and motivating set of activities, as well as thought-provoking insights that let them know they’re more powerful than…

Atlanta’s Watershed Management Issues Boil Advisory after Massive Water Main Breaks Out of an Abundance of Caution

Atlanta, Georgia – May 31, 2024 – Atlanta’s Department of Watershed Management (DWM) has issued a boil water advisory out of an abundance of caution and in accordance with Georgia Environmental Protection Division (EPD) guidance for public advisory. DWM crews are repairing a water main break on a 48-inch and 36-inch transmission line that carries large volumes of water to the metropolitan area. Water service will not be restored in the affected area until 5 pm (on May 31, 2024) to give businesses and homeowners time to prepare for the…

TILA Studios partners with Atlanta’s Public Health Informatics Institute for art acquisition program to benefit women’s visual arts

TILA Studios, an Atlanta-based Black women’s artist collective, recently partnered with Atlanta’s Public Health Informatics Institute (PHII) to facilitate an art acquisitions program. The program utilizes works from Black women visual artists, showcasing these works outside of a traditional gallery model and allowing them to be displayed throughout the Public Health Informatics Institute. The five selected artists include Erin Kendrick, Mia Anika, Jaleeca Yancy, Vessna Scheff and Sobia Ahmad. “TILA Studios prides itself on creating partnerships with impactful organizations,” said Tiffany LaTrice, executive director of TILA Studios. “While Black women…

Atlanta’s CINQCARE for Moms Celebrating Black Maternal Health Week

By Mary Green It’s Black Maternal Health Week, a moment where we pause again to assess where we are as a community in solving the health crisis Black moms face. Despite myriad technological and medical advancements, mortality rates for Black expectant mothers and premature birthrates for Black babies remain at an all-time high. According to the Center for Disease Control, Black women are three times more likely to die from pregnancy complications than their white colleagues. “The disparity between Black and White mothers has been increasing instead of declining,” says…

Put Solutions First to Address Racial Disparities in Youth Mental Health

By Constance “Connie” Garner Today’s youth are navigating a mental health crisis, worsened by a decade filled with unprecedented challenges, including the global pandemic, the shift to remote schooling and the pressures of social media. Black youth are disproportionately affected by these challenges as they face racism and discrimination, too — two significant factors of social determinants of health that contribute to chronic stress and, consequently, poorer health outcomes in BIPOC communities. Suicide rates among Black youth are higher than compared to their white peers, highlighting the urgency of this…

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