DHS and HOPE for Georgia Moms Will Sponsor “Bump & Beyond Maternal Health Fair” on March 9 at Eckberg Auditorium with Co-Host Coastal Georgia Indicators Coalition

The free event is especially for families with Medicaid/PeachCare for Kids® and those who may have questions about their health coverage. Information, giveaways, raffle prizes, and resources will be available from community partners.

Savannah, GA – Georgia Department of Human Services (DHS) and HOPE for Georgia Moms will sponsor the “Bump & Beyond Maternal Health Fair” with local co-host Coastal Georgia Indicators Coalition (CGIC) at the Savannah Technical College’s Eckberg Auditorium on Saturday, March 9, 2024, from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. The event and parking are free.

Expectant and recently-delivered mothers and their families should bring their Medicaid/PeachCare for Kids® paperwork with them to the event to get help with their eligibility checks. In addition, the fair is the perfect place for families to spend an afternoon taking advantage of free health services, fun activities, self-care and childcare samples, and giveaways, including:

Free community-based services like mobile primary health care
Important health information from experts on pregnancy and postpartum
Samples of products like diapers, wipes, and more
Opportunities to connect with other parents to share experiences and advice
Door prizes for maternity and newborn care and much more

In Georgia, approximately 56% of births are covered by Medicaid, and many mothers delivered their babies during the pandemic when annual eligibility checks were paused for three years. The fair is intended to help increase awareness about and provide help for families now that the federal government has required states to resume Medicaid/PeachCare for Kids® eligibility checks (a process called “redetermination”). These activities are an extension of DHS’ “Stay Informed. Stay Covered.” statewide public information campaign to engage and educate Medicaid/PeachCare for Kids® members about redetermination more broadly.

The Savannah “Bump & Beyond” event is the second of three maternal health fairs planned in Georgia. The first event will be held March 3 in Albany, and the final event will be held in North Georgia this spring.

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The fairs are made possible through funding from HOPE for Georgia Moms, a Northeast Georgia Health System initiative funded by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA). HOPE seeks to connect resources and be action-oriented so that all moms thrive in Georgia. The partnership with DHS is the latest example of the “Stay Covered” campaign’s dedication to emphasizing local solutions, local outreach, and local impact.

“We are excited to partner with DHS and Coastal Georgia Indicators Coalition on Savannah’s ‘Bump & Beyond Maternal Health Fair’ because we know pregnant and postpartum women so rarely put themselves first when it comes to their health,” said Heidi Ehrenreich, Project Director for HOPE for Georgia Moms. “The Bump & Beyond event is an opportunity to lift up and encourage mothers who have Medicaid; to offer them support and resources so they can stay informed and stay in control of their health care coverage.”

DHS and HOPE are working with co-host Coastal Georgia Indicators Coalition on the event. Coastal Georgia Indicators Coalition is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that is part of Georgia Family Connection Partnerships. CGIC serves as a convener at the regional, state, and national level to secure and provide technical assistance, best practices, and sustainability for the collective well-being of Chatham County.

“We’re thrilled to co-host this event to promote maternal health and share important information on Medicaid and PeachCare for Kids® redetermination,” said CGIC Executive Director Lizann Roberts. “There’s no time like the present to take charge of your family’s health, and we’ll have experts on-site to get you moving in the right direction.”

The fun, free event will offer dozens of vendors, services, and experts for the whole family.

Event information:

Savannah Bump & Beyond Maternal Health Fair at Savannah Technical College’s Eckberg Auditorium
Saturday, March 9, 2024, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
5717 White Bluff Road
Savannah, GA 31405

Background on Medicaid/PeachCare for Kids® Redetermination

The Medicaid redetermination process is the result of the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2023, which requires all states to resume annual Medicaid eligibility checks after a three-year pause during the pandemic. States were required to begin these “redeterminations” by April 2023 and finish the process by May 2024, reporting on their progress monthly to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.

Georgia Medicaid and PeachCare for Kids® members can update their contact information through one of three ways:

1. Online at Georgia DHS’ benefits website
2. In person at their local DFCS office: dfcs.georgia.gov/locations

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3. By phone at 1-877-GA-DHS-GO or 711 for the hearing impaired

To learn more about Medicaid redetermination, visit staycovered.ga.gov.

  • This program is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) as part of an award totaling $5,170,233 with 0% financed with non-governmental sources. The contents are those of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official views of, nor an endorsement, by HRSA, HHS, or the U.S. government. For more information, please visit hrsa.gov.

The Coastal Georgia Indicators Coalition (CGIC) is comprised of community members and advocates working together through a comprehensive coordinated approach for planning accountability. It serves as a collaboration of resource agencies addressing overall health and well-being while leveraging resource initiatives. The purpose of the Coalition is to improve community well-being by engaging and leading the community to work collectively in its development of strategic priorities that guide policy, programs and resource allocation. CGIC is the responsible organization for the development, and with partners, the implementation of the Chatham Community Blueprint. CGIC has strength and capacity related to leadership, management, systems and partnerships.

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