Closer Look: Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies Coalition of Georgia Shares New Report on Maternal And Infant Health; Georgia Tech and APS Partnership Aims to Increase Computer Science Access; An Analysis of 2019 Shopping Trends

Amber Mack, a research and policy analyst at Healthy Mothers Healthy Babies Coalition of Georgia, and Elise Blasingame, the organization’s executive director, join “Closer Look with Rose Scott” in studio to discuss the annual State of the State report.
Amber Mack, a research and policy analyst at Healthy Mothers Healthy Babies Coalition of Georgia, and Elise Blasingame, the organization’s executive director, join “Closer Look with Rose Scott” in studio to discuss the annual State of the State report.
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Monday, January 6, 2020 on “Closer Look with Rose Scott:”

  • 0:00: Rose Scott gives a news brief on this evening’s swearing-in of incoming Senator Kelly Loeffler.
  • And, Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp has named five new people to oversee Georgia Board of Regents.
  • Finally, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released updated data today on the number of people hospitalized due to e-cigarette or vaping-associated lung injuries.
  • 2:17: Georgia continues to struggle with high rates of maternal mortality, low birthrates, pre-term births and infant mortality, according to a new report from the Healthy Mothers Healthy Babies Coalition of Georgia. Elise Blasingame, the organization’s executive director, and Amber Mack, a research and policy analyst, join “Closer Look with Rose Scott” in the studio to discuss more of the report’s findings, as well as policy recommendations and solutions. Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies Coalition of Georgia can be reached at 1-800-300-9003.
  • 24:39: A Georgia Institute of Technology program is partnering with the Atlanta Public High Schools to increase access within computer science education. “Closer Look” recently learned more about the Constellations Center for Equity in Computing from Lien Diaz, director of educational innovation and leadership at Georgia Tech’s Constellations Center for Equity in Computing, Yolanda Payne, a Constellations Center fellow, and Lashawne Myles, a teacher at North Atlanta High School.
  • 37:50: Did the 2019 holiday shopping season meet expectations for retailers? And, what do this year’s sales say about the year ahead? “Closer Look” industry analyst John Haber, CEO of Spend Management Experts, joins “Closer Look with Rose Scott” to give his take on last year’s holiday spending trends.
John Haber, CEO of Spend Management Experts
“Closer Look” industry analyst John Haber, CEO of Spend Management Experts, joins “Closer Look with Rose Scott” to give his take on last year’s holiday spending trends. (Photo credit: Grace Walker)

“Closer Look” is produced by Candace Wheeler, Grace Walker and LaShawn Hudson.