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Improving health equity in Georgia

By Malika A. Redmond, executive director, SPARK Reproductive Justice NOW | 2/21/2014, noon

Expanding access to care will have a reverberating positive effect across the state’s economy and public health. By removing harmful barriers, Governor Deal and the legislature can have a hand in improving the health destiny of Georgia’s uninsured and establish a legacy of health for generations to come. We cannot afford for good health to be a privilege of the few – good health can and should be enjoyed by all Georgians.

About the author:

Malika Redmond is a Black feminist researcher, writer, and human rights advocate bringing 15 years of leadership experience both nationally and internationally with organizations such as the International Black Youth Summit, Political Research Associates, Choice USA, National Center for Human Rights Education, and Spelman College Women’s Research and Resource Center developing and managing projects that focus on reproductive justice and LGBT rights for communities of color.

Redmond was one of the youngest national field organizers for the 2004 March for Women’s Lives in Washington, D.C, an event that brought nearly 1 million participants to the National Mall and is considered one of the largest marches in U.S. history. She currently sits on the boards of Our Bodies Ourselves and SisterSong, and her writings are featured in Rh Reality Check, Truthout, The Women’s Health Activist, and AlterNet. She holds a B.A. from Spelman College and a M.A. from Georgia State University in Women’s Studies.

She resides in Atlanta, Georgia.