Albany State University's researchers met with Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital representatives to talk about collaborating on health research opportunities on Wednesday afternoon during the last Health Disparities Workshop of the semester.
By combining faces from the health field with those in education, representatives with the university say they can forge a partnership to help one another.
"We have all this research faculty who really wants to do research but may not be familiar with local issues, local health issues and we have the health experts who know everything about health who may not have the time or the researchers to do research," said Dr. Judith Rosenbaum, an assistant professor of English, modern languages and mass communications.
The two groups say the first step in making progress towards a healthier Southwest Georgia is looking at statistics and targeting the problem areas.
"Obesity is a big problem in Southwest Georgia, various kinds of cancer seem to be more prevalent in this area as well, STD's are also unfortunately definitely something that we see a lot of here," said Dr. Rosenbaum.
Experts say once you detect the cause of those problems, you can begin to look at why certain health issues are more prevalent than others, which then leads to possible solutions.
"Research will reflect and show you that if we can find out what the problems are, then we can begin to find the solutions, therefore that brings the information that doctors, nurses, all healthcare professionals need to better improve healthcare for all," said Angie Barber, the director of Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital's Network of Trust.
ASU's research faculty says they'll continue the workshops in the hopes that they'll lead to project collaborations with health professionals.
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