The Bigger Picture, Issue 29

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Voter Registration in Georgia Ending Soon


We here at NWGA CIL highly encourage all people–but especially people with disabilities–to exercise their right to vote in local, state and federal elections. We want YOU to know that the deadline to become a registered voter is very quickly approaching:


Monday, February 1st

If you need assistance getting registered to vote or finding your polling precinct, give us a call at 706-314-0008 and mention this blog post. We will do anything we can to help!


Pull Up Your Heart for Seniors

Donation Drive, February 8th – 15th

In February of last year, we began a new program in partnership with the Senior Promotions Council, the Community Closet Program. This service provides individuals in the NW GA area with incontinence supplies free of charge on a monthly basis. Since its inception last year, our program has helped nearly 50 people with these items. This program runs solely on donations from the community, and it’s time for another donation drive! We will have more information for you very soon on the details of this donation drive. We are requesting donations of unopened incontinence supplies (pull-ups, bedpads, etc.) or monetary donations. If you or someone you know is in need of assistance through this program, please have them call us at 706-314-0008. You can drop off donations at our office Monday through Friday, from 9am until 4pm, at 242 N 5th Avenue, Rome GA. There will be several more donation sites announced soon. Stay tuned!

Highland Rivers Offering Free HIV and Hepatitis C Testing

Press Release:

According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), approximately 50,000 new HIV infections are diagnosed each year in the U.S. Although men who have sex with men (MSM) bear the greatest burden of HIV infection, African Americans and women also have an increased risk of infection. Many people with HIV may not know they are infected, which increases their risk of transmitting it to others.

Like HIV, many people with Hepatitis C are unaware they are infected because they currently have no symptoms. However, the CDC reports some 3.5 million Americans have chronic Hepatitis C infection, which can cause serious health problems including cirrhosis (scarring of the liver) or liver cancer. People who have injected drugs, even one time, or have HIV, can have an increased risk for Hepatitis C infection.

“Knowing your HIV and Hepatitis C status is one of the most important things you can do to protect your health, and equally important, the health of those you care about most,” said Mike Mullet, Highland Rivers Health community relations director. “We wanted to make it simple for people to learn their status by providing tests at no cost with results available while you wait.”

Highland Rivers’ testing day falls between two related health observances: National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day on February 7, and National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day on March 10. Everyone is welcome at Highland Rivers’ testing day, however you must be 18 or older to be tested. There will be light refreshments and those tested can enter to win one of three $25.00 gift cards. The Rome Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. will be assisting Highland Rivers at the event.


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