Caring for Atlantans Before They are Born
Babies born early or at low birth weights (less than 5.5 pounds) often face a lifetime of mental or physical challenges. The Babies Born Healthy network, organized by the United Way, includes a range of projects and partners such as the March of Dimes and the Department of Public Health. One of its efforts is the Strong Start Initiative, launched this spring by Grady Health System and the United Way to help at-risk expectant mothers. Grady, along with New Millennium Obstetrics and Gynecology and Providence Women’s Healthcare, runs a program called Centering Pregnancy that provides prenatal programs in a group setting. In a pilot, 97 percent of participating moms delivered normal-weight babies.
Helping Do-Gooders Do Right by the Planet
Grants to Green, a partnership of the Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta, the Kendeda Fund, and Southface, funds energy assessments and implementation awards that can help nonprofits make operational changes that save water, energy, and—vitally—cash.
Texting in Braille
Georgia Tech researchers developed BrailleTouch, which lets people use a six-key Braille typing system on touchscreens.
Universal Flu Vaccine
The flu shot is kind of a crapshoot. Scientists create vaccines based on the flu strains they know exist, but there’s always a chance something newer will mutate. Georgia State University researcher Sang-Moo Kang is testing a universal flu vaccine so new shots won’t have to be developed all the time. The goal: protect against unexpected strains.
Wellness a la Carte
Cooleaf is a concierge employee wellness service that lets users pick and choose classes (kettlebell! circus arts!) and activities (healthy cooking classes, for instance).
At the Ubiquitous Computing Research Group at Georgia Tech, professor Gregory Abowd and his team figure out cool ways computers can help in everyday life.
Healthy City Workers
As part of the City of Atlanta’s Healthier You Wellness Initiative, 500 city employees are taking part in a “Shred” weight-loss challenge.
Healing the Brain
Because of research by Emory University neuroscientist Donald Stein the hormone progesterone is now in national and international trials and, if all goes well, could become a go-to treatment for traumatic brain injuries—as well as possibly strokes and brain tumors.
Selling Solar Power
Georgia Power’s Advanced Solar Initiative lets homeowners and businesses sell solar-generated energy back to the company to offset the initial investment.
Playful, Watchful Robot
Yu-Ping Chen, an assistant professor of physical therapy at Georgia State University, and Georgia Tech robotics professor Ayanna Howard are creating a robot that will help children with cerebral palsy improve their muscle control and motor skills.