Georgia Health Sciences University has created an institute to focus on helping the state improve its health profile.
The Institute of Public and Preventive Health will host community programs and conduct research on public health problems like type 2 diabetes, infant mortality, teen pregnancy, obesity and AIDS. Georgia ranks near the top nationwide in states with those issues, and 30 counties in the state have a lower life expectancy than some Third World countries.
Nearly 40 faculty members from the university will staff the institute, and additional faculty will be recruited.
Ultimately, the institute will test novel approaches to solving public health problems in the state.