Georgia WIN List is proud to endorse Joyce Barlow for House District 151, a sprawling rural district stretching across nine of Georgia’s western border counties southwest of Columbus. Barlow ran for the seat in 2018 and narrowly lost. “I took one or two days off and then got right back to campaigning every day. I know this district is one of the state’s most “flippable”, and I aim to turn it blue in 2020 by knocking all the doors!” said Barlow.
Trained as a Registered Nurse, Joyce has demonstrated her care for others and concern about the needs of her district with more than 25 years as the owner of a health services agency, Englewood Health Care. Her agency provides quality in-home health care to citizens in more than 70 percent of the HD 151 counties. She has also served on a local bank board and is a former vice chair of the Albany Chamber of Commerce.
She is no stranger to the Georgia Capitol, having spoken before legislative committees about the lack of affordable health care in rural Georgia and bringing attention to the closing of rural hospitals in the district. She was instrumental in the work of state-level committees which established new state rules and regulations for personal care homes, assisted living facilities, proxy caregivers, and Georgia’s Alzheimer’s initiative. She has also participated in state-level initiatives on funding and often serves as a spokesperson for the needs of Southwest Georgia.
Her reputation as a hard worker with the heart and intelligence to “get the job done” is evidenced by the many awards she has received including the 2016 Distinct Award for Servant Leadership from the Georgia Women’s Legislative Caucus and the 2011 Dream Award. She is a former president of the local Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority and former president of the Albany Chapter of the Links, in addition to many healthcare group offices and affiliations.
When elected, she promises to:
- Work to expand Medicaid which would offer coverage to thousands of Georgians and fund more preventive care.
- Stop the closing of our rural hospitals and provide winning solutions for health care delivery in rural areas, including clinics in each rural community and streamlined services for those with chronic conditions.
- Improve public education at the earliest ages by providing affordable childcare and essential quality pre-K. “I will work to assure that all schools receive the funding to support Pre-K through 12 grades,” she said. “We must promote the strengthening of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math Programs in our local schools and boost the availability of broadband technology in the area.”
- Promote economic development by working to retain the businesses and work to attract more and diverse small businesses to the area.
- Address the growing violence by working to support programs which identify the need for early intervention and teaching for troubled youth. This work will be closely coordinated with local law enforcement and the community.