WUGA Health Desk

Friday afternoon at 5:44 p.m. and Sunday afternoons at 5:35 p.m.
  • Hosted by Lauren Baggett and Andy Miller

The WUGA Health Desk presents a weekly program, Georgia Health Report, focused on health news and issues facing Georgians. The program features news and commentary from Andy Miller of Georgia Health News and is hosted by UGA College of Public Health health writer Lauren Baggett. 

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The Flint water crisis reawakened health professionals and the public to the dangers of lead, and now a new federal report suggests kids may be ingesting lead through the drinking water at their schools.

In fact the report revealed that fewer than half of U.S. school districts test their drinking water for lead. But despite low testing, more than a third of schools that do test found elevated levels of lead in their water.

Abrams makes healthcare a key campaign issue

Jul 20, 2018
Georgia Health News

Stacey Abrams has been a vocal supporter of Medicaid expansion during her time in the Georgia General Assembly, and now she’s made it a key issue in her campaign for governor.  


This week on the Georgia Health Report, host Lauren Baggett and Andy Miller of Georgia Health News will take a closer look at Abrams’ health care platform, how it differs from the Republican candidates, and whether pushing health care will helpher win in November.


Three Georgia sisters join growing list of centenarians

Jul 13, 2018
Georgia Health News

Georgia is home to a number of people who have lived to be 100 years old. At 98, 100 and 103, the Skrine sisters of Sparta are doing their part for the state's longevity trend.

On this week's Georgia Health Report, host Lauren Baggett and Andy Miller discuss some of the reasons that may have contributed to the sisters' long life and what the rest of us can learn from their example.

Read more.

Costly mistake could hurt many GA Medicare providers

Jul 6, 2018

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services often contract with outside companies to handle the administrative task of processing claims and paying providers. Now, they say one of these contractors filed hundreds of thousands of Medicare claims incorrectly, and CMS is looking to recoup $55 million from Medicare providers in primarily Georgia, Alabama and Tennessee due to the error. 

New York University recently released its City Health Dashboard, which measured 36 factors shaping the health for the 500 largest cities in the U.S. Rather than rank cities against one another, the dashboard offers a guide for cities to make changes to improve the residents' lives.


On this week’s Georgia Health Report, host Lauren Baggett and Andy Miller of Georgia Health News discuss how Georgia cities, including Athens, are doing. Read more.