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For Immediate Release


Toni Almasy
Avatar Communications, Inc.

Healthcare Georgia Foundation Announces Nine Grant Awards Totaling $738,000

Foundation seeks to evaluate the economic impact of health disparities on Georgia communities

Atlanta, GA – July 27, 2010 - Healthcare Georgia Foundation today announced grant awards totaling $738,000 to nine organizations and programs. Among the awards, the Foundation supported efforts to study the economic impact of selected high disparity health conditions in Georgia, including HIV/AIDS prevention and treatment services to the uninsured and the lack of children’s access to preventive and routine dental care in rural Southeast Georgia.

“We are eager to understand the extent to which communities are feeling the financial consequences of health problems that disproportionately affect their population,” said Gary D. Nelson, president, Healthcare Georgia Foundation. The Foundation also awarded grant support to Families USA Foundation to help Georgia’s public and private sectors implement the Patient Protection and Affordability Care Act. “Because it is now law, it is important that Georgia capitalize on the opportunity to provide the uninsured and underinsured access to high quality, affordable health care,” continued Nelson.

The grant awards are as follows:

ARCS Foundation Inc. $5,000
Support for ARCS annual meeting and luncheon program in November that supports scholars (health scientists) from four partner institutions - Emory University, Georgia Institute of Technology, Morehouse College and the University of Georgia.    
District 2 Public Health $130,000
Increasing access to HIV/AIDS prevention and treatment services to the uninsured in the 13 counties served by District 2.    
Families USA Foundation $152,000
Planning and delivery of state-specific training, technical assistance and strategic counsel in the implementation of health reform in Georgia.    
Georgia Center for Nonprofits, Inc. $140,000
Phase IV of Healthcare Georgia Capacity Building Project, including the provision of organizational assessments for nonprofit health organizations, implementation of capacity building workshops, support for executive coaching, and delivery of customized technical assistance to nonprofit health organizations.    
Georgia Southern University Research and Service Foundation, Inc. $80,000
Examine the economic impact of children's lack of access to preventive and routine dental care in rural communities in Southeast Georgia    
Georgia Southern University Research and Service Foundation, Inc. $142,000
Evaluate and provide technical assistance to the Georgia Childhood Asthma Management Program grantees.    
Grantmakers In Health $4,000
Support for annual membership for FY2010.    
Morehouse School of Medicine $80,000
National Center for Primary Care at the Morehouse School of Medicine to examine the economic impact of racial and ethnic disparities in Georgia.    
Southeastern Council of Foundations $5,000
Support for the 2010 Grantmakers in Aging EngAGEment Initiative.    

About Healthcare Georgia Foundation

Healthcare Georgia Foundation is a statewide, private independent foundation. 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. Through its strategic grantmaking, Healthcare Georgia Foundation supports organizations that drive positive change, promotes programs that improve health and healthcare among underserved individuals and communities, and connects people, partners and resources across Georgia. For more information, please visit the Foundation online at: