Conference Wrap-up

On April 16-17, 2008, Healthcare Georgia Foundation hosted Connections 2008: Strengthening the Health of Georgia Through the Nonprofit Community. Nearly 250 Healthcare Georgia Foundation grantees, partners, and nonprofit community leaders attended the two-day event. Highlights of the two-day event included a Welcome Reception and Awards Ceremony, followed by a full day of sessions and workshops presented by Foundation grantees and nationally recognized philanthropic and technical experts.

Highlights of the program include:

Welcome Reception and Joseph D. Greene Community Service Awards Ceremony

Wednesday, April 16th featured the presentation of the recipients of the Joseph D. Greene Community Service Award. Six individuals and one community collaborative were recognized for their dedication and commitment to improving health and health care across Georgia. As a founding Healthcare Georgia Foundation board member, Mr. Greene helped steward the organization from its inception in 1999 through his retirement as board chair in 2006. In November 2007, the Foundation lost an inspirational leader when this gentle soul lost his battle with cancer. The Foundation honored Joseph D. Greene by naming its Community Service Award in his memory.

  In a nation of our caliber, no one should be denied access to health care. If we're not sensitive to these problems, then no one will address them. - Joseph D. Greene, founding member, Healthcare Georgia Foundation Board of Directors

“The compassionate, dedicated work that these extraordinary individuals and organization do embodies the true spirit of volunteerism and its important impact on underserved Georgians,” said Gary D. Nelson, Foundation president. “It is our hope that the Joseph D. Greene Community Service Award will continue to celebrate his legacy and the values he held so close to his heart, and inspire others to dedicate their time to improving health and health care for all Georgians.”

Pictured: Healthcare Georgia Foundation staff with Barney Greene (center),
wife of Joseph D. Greene.


Individual Recipients

Anjli Aurora

Dr. Krystal Bragg
Special Olympics Georgia, Statesboro Lions Club

Dr. Ed Burnette
Good News Clinics

Dr. David S. Humphries
Hands of Hope Clinic, Inc.

E. Andrew Isakson

Barbara Rudolph, FNP
J.C. Lewis Health Center of Union Mission, Inc.


Individual Recipients (left to right): E Andrew Isakson, Dr. David S. Humphries,
Barbara Rudolph, FNP, Anjli Aurora, Dr. Krystal Bragg, Dr. Ed Burnette

Collaborative Recipient

Coastal Medical Access Project (CMAP)


Collaborative Recipient:
(Pictured: Representatives from Coastal Medical Access Project)

To view the Awards Presentation, click here. (PDF)

Nomination and Selection Committee

Healthcare Georgia Foundation would like to thank those individuals who gave of their time to assist us in the selection of the 2008 Joseph D. Greene Community Service Award recipients.

Jon Abercrombie, FCS Urban Ministries, Inc., Decatur
Katherine Cummings, Georgia Rural Health Associacion, Inc., Sandersville
Yvette Cummings, Three Rivers Area Health Education Center, Columbus
Jennie Wren Denmark, East Georgia Healthcare Center, Swainsboro
Carol Mushett Johnson, BlazeSports America, Inc., Atlanta
Rodney Lyn, Georgia State University, Atlanta
Vi Naylor, Georgia Hospital Association, Marietta
Tim Sweeney, Georgia Budget and Policy Institute, Atlanta
Janice Ward, North Georgia Community Foundation, Gainesville

Conference Program

Keynote Address: Addressing Health Disparities
David Satcher, MD, PhD
Morehouse School of Medicine
Satcher Health Leadership Institute


Morning Sessions

Emerging Health Policy Issues

As policy analysts and advocates, nonprofit health organizations are influencing the development of health policies that will advance the health of all Georgians. Three leaders who are engaged in policy deliberations provided updates on the hot issues: the state health budget and taxes, childhood obesity, and access to affordable health care.


Martha Katz, MPA, Healthcare Georgia Foundation


Greg Dent, Community Health Works
Alan Essig, MPA, Georgia Budget and Policy Institute
Rodney Lyn, PhD, MS, PLAY, Institute of Public Health, GSU

To view the presentation, click here. (PDF)

Pictured (l to r):
Dr. Rodney Lyn, GSU, Institute of Public Health
Alan Essig, Georgia Budget and Policy Institute
Greg Dent, Community Health Works
Not pictured: Martha Katz, Healthcare Georgia Foundation


Home and Community-Based Services

Pictured (l to r):
Subie Green, Center for Visually Impaired
Dr. Richard Birkel, Rosalynn Carter Institute for Caregiving
Ann Rosewater, Rosewater Consulting

The session addressed current issues, trends, and the complexities of providing long-term care to people who are aging, chronically ill, or have disabilities. Promising program strategies and advocacy efforts were also featured.


Ann Rosewater, Rosewater Consulting


Richard Birkel, PhD, Rosalynn Carter Institute for Caregiving
Subie Green, MPhil, Center for the Visually Impaired

To view the presentation, click here. (PDF)


Primary Care and Homeless Health

For the more than one million Georgians who are uninsured, community health centers, free clinics, and neighborhood programs provide essential health services. Leaders of three different safety net programs shared their experiences in providing high quality primary care to residents of their communities.


Lynn Thogersen, MHA, Board Member,
Healthcare Georgia Foundation


David Gibbs, Social Capital Consulting, LLC
Melinda Rider, MA, Neighborhood Improvement Project
Miriam Urizar Rittmeyer, MD, MPH, PhD, Community Health Mission

To view the presentation, click here. (PDF)

Pictured: David Gibbs,
Social Capital Consulting, LLC
Not pictured:
Lynn Thogersen, Board Member,
Healthcare Georgia Foundation
Melinda Rider,
Neighborhood Improvement Project
Dr. Miriam Urizar Rittmeyer,
Community Health Mission


The Volunteer Workforce within Nonprofit Health Organizations

Mark Cruise, Free Clinic Solutions
Andrea Hinojosa, Board Member,
Healthcare Georgia Foundation

This session explored the effective use of volunteers within nonprofit health organizations as well as the challenges in recruiting, training, and retaining this vibrant part of the health safety net workforce. Searching for volunteer talent, managing the investment in time and resources, and strategically engaging and sustaining the work of volunteers were featured in this session. Participants also received a new tool to assist them in working with volunteers.


Andrea Hinojosa, Board Member, Healthcare Georgia Foundation


Mark Cruise, MDiv, Free Clinic Solutions

To view the presentation, click here. (PDF)

Download "Engaging Volunteers" (PDF)


Children's Health Priorities: Asthma and Obesity Prevention

The numbers are stunning: Fifteen percent of middle school students in Georgia have asthma, one-third have a body-mass index that is considered a health risk, and more than half lack the cardiorespiratory fitness, strength and flexibility needed for good health. This session featured promising programs and strategies for controlling asthma, increasing physical activity, and improving nutrition among Georgia's children, the state's most precious resource.


Richard Ward, CAE, Georgia Chapter, American Academy of Pediatrics


Carmel Cowart, RN, BSN, Northwest Georgia Healthcare Partnership
Seema Csukas, MD, PhD, Children's Healthcare of Atlanta

To view the presentation, click here. (PDF)

Pictured (l to r):
Richard Ward, American Academy of Pediatrics
Lisa Medellin, Healthcare Georgia Foundation
Dr. Seema Csukas, Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta
Carmel Cowart, Northwest Georgia Healthcare Partnership


The Safety Net and Public Health

Pictured (l to r):
Russ Toal, GSU, Institute of Public Health
Dr. Doug Skelton, Coastal Health District
Ecleamus Ricks, Board Member, Healthcare Georgia Foundation
Dr. Lloyd Hofer, East Metro Health District
Not pictured:
Dr. Ted Holloway, Board Member, Healthcare Georgia Foundation

Public health departments play a critical role in protecting the health of residents of their communities. This session addressed how public health agencies are providing leadership in assessing health needs, policy development, and assuring access to preventive services and affordable primary care for low income families.


Ted Holloway, MD, Board Member, Healthcare Georgia Foundation


Lloyd Hofer, MD, MPH, East Metro Health District
Ecleamus Ricks, MPH, Board Member, Healthcare Georgia Foundation
Doug Skelton, MD, Coastal Health District, Georgia Division of Public Health
Russ Toal, MPH, Georgia State University, Institute of Public Health

To view the presentation, click here. (PDF)


Trauma Care in Georgia: In Pursuit of a Statewide Trauma System

This session highlighted current efforts to establish a first-class statewide trauma system designed to get the right patient to the right hospital at the right time. With the potential of saving as many as 700 lives each year, participants heard from statewide leaders on the promising prospects of establishing a comprehensive, affordable, high quality system integrating 911, EMS, hospitals, physicians, and rehabilitation centers.


Gary Nelson, PhD, Healthcare Georgia Foundation


Art Kellerman, MD, MPH, Emory University School of Medicine
Wayne Reece, JD, Reece & Associates

To view the presentation, click here. (PDF)

Pictured (l to r):
Dr. Art Kellerman, Emory University School of Medicine
Wayne Reece, Reece & Associates
Not pictured: Gary Nelson, Healthcare Georgia Foundation


Nonprofits and the Application of Technology

Pictured (l to r):
Frank Mewborn, Georgia Tech Healthcare Performance Group
Kathy Ellis, Three Rivers Area Health Education Center
John Banning, TechBridge
Mike Sweeney, Healthcare Georgia Foundation
Not pictured: Jennifer Haire, TechBridge

This session explored the intersection between health technology and the performance of nonprofit health organizations. Increasingly, nonprofits are adopting technology for the purpose of improving individual and organizational capacity. Participants learned how to assess their nonprofit's technology needs, explored how Georgia nonprofits are using technology to enhance the development and performance of health professionals, and examined how hospitals are using LEAN Enterprise to significantly improve outcomes with greater organizational efficiency.


Michael Sweeney, Healthcare Georgia Foundation
Jennifer Haire, TechBridge


John Banning, TechBridge
Kathy Ellis, Three Rivers Area Health Education Center
Frank Mewborn, B. ISE, MBA, PE, Georgia Tech Healthcare Performance Group

To view the presentation, click here. (PDF)

Lunch Program

Lifecycle of Nonprofit Organizations

The organizational lifecycle model acknowledges that nonprofit organizations are dynamic and continually changing. Like people, organizations have different stages of development - startup, adolescent, maturity, stagnant, and defunct. However, nonprofits do not progress through these stages in a linear fashion. Organizations may be in many stages simultaneously or return to various stages over time. Paul Connolly led the lunch program, helping Georgia's nonprofit organizations understand the organizational lifecycles model and how to manage the transitions from stage to stage.


Paul Connolly, MPPM, Senior Vice President and Director, TCC Group

To view the presentation, click here. (PDF)

Afternoon Workshops

How to Tell Your Story: Communications Training Session


Shana Keith, Porter Novelli
Jana Thomas, MPA, Porter Novelli

Raising awareness is crucial to the success of any health organization or program. Whether your goal is convincing people to adopt a healthy behavior, increasing funding levels, strengthening your membership base or simply generating buzz about a program, communications is a critical tool in helping you achieve results. Developing effective communications programs can seem daunting, particularly with limited financial and staff resources. With an understanding of the essentials of communications and the right tools, your organization will be equipped to plan and execute communication strategies that reach deep into your community, impact your target audiences and bring your organization closer to meeting its goals.

To view the presentation, click here. (PDF)


Four Core Capacities Model for Nonprofit Organizations


Paul Connolly, MPPM, TCC Group

What does it mean for organizations to be effective, and how can organizations build their capacity to achieve their mission? During this session, Paul Connolly introduced and discussed the Four Core Capacities model, which provides a framework for understanding and achieving organizational effectiveness.

The model focuses on the functions needed to develop, implement, and support high quality, high-impact programs over time: leadership, management, adaptive, and technical capacities.

Connolly described these four capacities in detail. Additionally, he discussed factors that can affect the core capacities, such as organizational culture and the external environment. The session finished with the explanation of practical strategies to build each of these four core capacities over time.

To view the presentation, click here. (PDF)


Business Planning


Dewey Hickman, Board Member, Healthcare Georgia Foundation


Terri Theisen, Theisen Consulting

Business planning is a vital component for any nonprofit organization. This planning is the blueprint that helps to establish a foundation upon which the organization can focus on its vision, tailor its mission and incorporate values it deems essential to the organization's success.

As the nonprofit grows, a sound business plan can assist in promoting a well-developed idea into a rewarding accomplishment. Likewise, a poor or mediocre business plan can impede the growth of the nonprofit and hinder the organization from achieving desired results. Terri Theisen discussed four key steps that organizations should take to implement a business plan.

To view the presentation, click here. (PDF)

Closing Session

Unnatural Causes: Is Inequity Making Us Sick?

Unnatural Causes, a four-hour documentary series recently featured on Georgia Public Television, sheds light on mounting evidence that demonstrates how work, wealth, neighborhood conditions and lack of access to power and resources can actually get under the skin and disrupt human biology as surely as germs and viruses. But it's not just the poor who are sick — so are the middle classes. At each descending rung of the socio-economic ladder, people tend to be sicker and die sooner. What's more, at every level, many communities of color are worse off than their white counterparts.

Unnatural Causes brings into focus what caring communities can do to address economic injustice, racial inequality, and the social conditions that lead to better health and quality of life.


Jamila Davison, MD


Kim Anderson, JD, BoardWalk Consulting
Dwayne Crawford, MBA, 100 Black Men of America
Natalie Hernandez, MPH, National Council of La Raza - Atlanta