Public health to offer teen driver course

The Georgia Department of Public Health will offer a free, public driver safety course for teens and their parents from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at the Elizabeth F. Correll Teen Center, 4226 Corral Park Drive, Brunswick.

The course, entitled Parents Reducing Injuries and Driver Error, or “PRIDE,” is designed to help parents and new teen driver ages 14-16 learn what they need to do during the 40 hours of supervised practice driving time. A parent or guardian must attend the workshop alongside the teen.

The program focuses on driver attitude, knowledge and behavior, rather than technical hands-on driver training. Seat belts, crash dynamics, Georgia teen driving laws, parental influence and peer pressure will be discussed. Refreshments will be provided.

Successful completion of the course may result in reduced insurance rates, but does not count toward the state-required 40 hours of supervised driving practice for new drivers.

Registration is required and may be made by calling Ronique Thomas at 912-262-3028 or emailing ronique.thomas@dph.ga.gov.

United Way gives grant to health care programs

The United Way of Coastal Georgia announced this month it provided a grant of $17,500 to Coastal Medical Access Project, or CMAP.

CMAP, a strategic affiliate of Southeast Georgia Health System, provides health care services to low-income individuals without health insurance. The group helps people access services including dental, vision, primary and speciality care, as well as medication assistance for chronic illnesses.

The group, founded in 1999, joined the health system in 2011 and serves people in Camden, Glynn and McIntosh counties. It is staffed by volunteers and employed, license physicians and allied health care providers.

Additionally, United Way of Coastal Georgia recently awarded a $26,000 grant to Hospice of the Golden Isles in support of its residential hospice care program.

United Way of Coastal Georgia received donations from more than 2,000 people during its 2016-2017 fundraising campaign, and has announced it plans to give $919,000 to community organizations over the coming years to enhance education, community health and financial stability.

— The Brunswick News

Health officials propose rules for medical marijuana

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Florida health officials have issued their proposed rules to implement the state’s constitutional medical marijuana amendment.

The regulations that were released on Friday by the Department of Health pick up the framework from the bill passed on June 9 by the State Legislature during a special session. The Department last month outlined a procedure where it would give 15 days’ notice before adopting a new rule and the public three days to submit comments.

Under the amendment approved by 71 percent of voters last year, rules must be in place by July 3 and enacted by October.

Department of Health spokeswoman Mara Gambinieri says the department is committed to working collaboratively with the public to establish a patient-centered medical marijuana program.

Dems say they’ll slow Senate work over secretive care bill

WASHINGTON — Democrats say they’ll begin using procedural moves to slow the Senate’s work to protest how Republicans are drafting their health care overhaul behind closed doors.

A senior Democratic aide says the effort will begin Monday evening. It will include trying to force votes aimed at drawing attention to the lack of transparency, such as committee hearings, on the GOP legislation. Democrats will also make floor speeches.

The aide says Democrats will begin slowing work on bills by refusing to let the Senate bypass time-consuming procedural steps, which it customarily does on most legislation.

Republican senators have been meeting privately to craft a bill dismantling much of President Barack Obama’s 2010 health care law.

The aide spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to openly discuss the plans.

— Associated Press