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About Healthcare Georgia Foundation

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About Healthcare Georgia Foundation 

What is the Foundation’s mission?
Why was this mission selected?
What goals and objectives have been set for the Foundation that supports the long-term achievement of this mission?
What information did the Foundation consider when developing its goals, structure and grantmaking priorities?
Whom did the Foundation talk to?
Is the Foundation’s mission subject to periodic review and could it ever be changed?
When will these goals and objectives be met?
Does Healthcare Georgia Foundation have a Diversity Policy? If so, what is it?

 

1) What is the Foundation’s mission?
The Foundation’s Mission is to “advance the health of all Georgians and to expand access to affordable, quality healthcare for underserved individuals and communities.”
 
2) Why was this mission selected?
Healthcare Georgia Foundation is a private, independent foundation. As such, our mission reflects: 1) the responsibility we assume as a steward of public resources resulting from the merger of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Georgia with Wellpoint Health Networks, and 2) our obligation to assure that these resources benefit the health of Georgians.
 
3) What goals and objectives have been set for the Foundation that supports the long-term achievement of this mission?
Guided by our mission statement, Healthcare Georgia Foundation’s grantmaking goals are to:
  • Protect and promote the health of individuals, families and communities throughout Georgia
  • Improve the availability, quality, appropriateness and financing of health care services
  • Integrate and coordinate efforts to improve health and health care services
 
4) What information did the Foundation consider when developing its goals, structure and grantmaking priorities?
The Foundation’s goals and structure are based on an analysis of statewide health data and community input. The Foundation examined the magnitude and severity of existing health problems; national, state and local health trends; and community assets and promising programs. Communities throughout the state provided the Foundation with evidence of local health problems, public demand for action, and effective local programs and policies. As a result, the Foundation’s grantmaking priorities reflect the state’s health needs with a focus on enabling better health care access by underserved individuals and communities.
 
5) Whom did the Foundation talk to?
The Foundation’s grantmaking priorities were developed as a result of conversations with service providers, representatives of nonprofit health organizations, policymakers, elected officials, funders and leading health experts in Georgia.
 
In June/July, 2002, the Foundation conducted its first Listening Tour (a series of 10 sessions throughout the state). The Listening Tour sessions provided valuable input (i.e. local examples of promising programs and best practices) and a better understanding of the most effective ways to work with communities in Georgia.
 
6) Is the Foundation’s mission subject to periodic review and could it ever be changed?
The Foundation will periodically review progress with respect to its mission and the achievement of its goals. It is unlikely that our mission and organizational goals will change; however our grantmaking strategies and priority areas will evolve over time.
 
7) When will these goals and objectives be met?
The Foundation goals are long term and require strategic, focused and sustained attention. We will continuously monitor our progress and make corrections/enhancements along the way. Our goals reflect the Foundation’s commitment to seek both sustained improvements in the health of all Georgians and improvements in the health system for underserved individuals and communities.
 
8) Does Healthcare Georgia Foundation have a Diversity Policy? If so, what is it?
Yes, Healthcare Georgia Foundation does have a Diversity Policy which encompasses, but is not limited to age, gender, race, national origin (ethnicity), religious beliefs, physical abilities and characteristics, sexual orientation, economic circumstances and lifestyle. To review the Foundation's Diversity Policy, please click here.
 
 
The Beneficiaries
 
Who will benefit from the Foundation’s grantmaking?
What will change for beneficiaries if the Foundation is effective?
 
 
1) Who will benefit from the Foundation’s grantmaking?
The beneficiaries of the Foundation’s grantmaking include the underserved residents of Georgia and the public and private nonprofit system of health services and supports.
 
2) What will change for beneficiaries if the Foundation is effective?
Successfully accomplishing the mission means that our grantmaking will advance the health of all Georgians and improve access to affordable, quality healthcare for underserved individuals and communities. Through the work of our grantees, individuals, organizations and communities will have enhanced their capacity to improve the effectiveness of health services and supports.