For the past fifteen years, members of Project Healthy Grandparents (PHG) have been working to provide vital resources to adults who are raising their grandchildren in the Atlanta area. PHG, an initiative of Georgia State University College of Health and Human Services, has worked with many Fulton and Dekalb county grandparents who care for their grandchildren, frequently as a result of parental absence due to substance abuse, incarceration, or death. Their primary goals are to provide “social work and health services, support groups, legal assistance referrals and improved access to community resources.”
If you’d like to learn more about PHG and intergenerational caregiving, you can visit their website or read some of the relevant publications of Dr. Deborah Whitley, Associate Director of PHG and Associate Professor in the School of Social Work. Dr. Whitley has co-authored several studies on aspects of the PHG and intergenerational caregiving that can be accessed through the University Library.
“Grandparents Raising Grandchildren: A Response to a Nutrition and Physical Activity Intervention,” published in the Journal of the American Dietetic Association 107.7.
“A Home-Based Nutrition and Physical Activity Intervention for Grandparents Raising Grandchildren: A Pilot Study,” published in the Journal of Nutrition for the Elderly 28.2.
“Psychological distress and physical health problems in grandparents raising grandchildren: Development of an empirically based intervention model.” Published in the book Working with Custodial Grandparents (pp. 127-144). New York: Springer Publishing Company.