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For Immediate Release


Toni Almasy
Avatar Communications, Inc.

Healthcare Georgia Foundation Announces $690,000 in Support for the Georgia Childhood Asthma Management Program

Multiyear investment will expand access to asthma education and care to children across Georgia

Atlanta, GA – May 08, 2009 - Healthcare Georgia Foundation announced today the grant award recipients for the Georgia Childhood Asthma Management Program. The $690,000 in support represents the initial investment in a multi-year effort towards improving asthma outcomes through the delivery of comprehensive and integrated disease management and education for children, youth, and their caregivers.

Grants were awarded to five programs located in and serving populations across various regions of Georgia including Metropolitan Atlanta, Albany, Savannah, Lowndes County, Baldwin County, Crawford County, Hancock County, Jones County, Putnam County, and Washington County. Each of the programs address disease management, asthma self-management for both children and caregivers, and are either delivered in community-based or hospital settings.

Asthma is the most common chronic disease among Georgia’s children and youth affecting more than 10% of individuals younger than 17 years of age. With this initial funding to five promising programs participating in the Georgia Childhood Asthma Management Program, Healthcare Georgia Foundation seeks to help children and parents live healthier lives, reduce avoidable hospital emergency rooms visits and prevent one of the most common causes of school absenteeism. “Effective asthma management requires a unified approach by the home, school, community, and health provider. Georgia currently ranks 19th among states in the percentage of children with asthma problems, suggesting opportunities for significant improvements in asthma self-management, environmental triggers, public awareness, and the disparities that exist in asthma outcomes among underserved populations,” said Gary D. Nelson, PhD, president of Healthcare Georgia Foundation.

“Asthma is one of the top reasons why children under the age of 15 are hospitalized and miss school. With our emergency rooms and doctor’s offices already overburdened with a demand for care, Healthcare Georgia Foundation recognized a need for children, youth and their caregivers to better understand how to manage the disease and avoid emergency room visits,” continued Nelson. “These five awards represent regions of the state where asthma creates a huge barrier to living a healthy life. It is the Foundation’s hope that through the work of these grantees, health outcomes for children with asthma will improve dramatically.”

The grant awards are as follows:

Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, Inc. 150,000
Create a Comprehensive Asthma Management Program to provide an integrated approach to managing childhood asthma for children in metropolitan Atlanta.    
Georgia Association for Primary Health Care, Inc. 150,000
Improve asthma management among children and adolescents by implementing the Learning Model, Chronic Care Model, and Performance Improvement Model in three of Georgia’s federally qualified health centers.    
Georgia State University Research Foundation 150,000
Expand an existing program in the Neighborhood Planning Unit community, with a specific focus on asthma management, training and healthcare navigation for children and their parents/caregivers.    
Lowndes County Board of Health 150,000
Continues an existing childhood asthma program through Children’s Medical Services and expand into three neighboring counties.    
St. Galilee Outreach Ministry, Inc. 90,000
Implement the Central Georgia Asthma Education Initiative, a community health education program targeting six counties in the North Central Health District.    

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: