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For Immediate Release


Toni Almasy
Avatar Communications, Inc.

Healthcare Georgia Foundation Announces $626,500 in Grants to 13 Organizations and Programs

Grant awards focused on key leadership organizations committed to supporting public health in Georgia communities

Atlanta, GA – October 20, 2011 - Healthcare Georgia Foundation today announced $626,500 in grant awards to key leadership organizations committed to promoting and protecting the health of Georgians. “A strong public health system is good for a community’s economy,” said Gary Nelson, PhD, president of Healthcare Georgia Foundation. “Strategic investments in a community’s public health system will generate a return on investment that can benefit the financial wellbeing as well as the health of our communities.” The Foundation’s most recent grant awards were made in recognition of the delicate relationship between economic vitality and the cost of poor health outcomes said Nelson.

Now in its 3rd year, the Foundation’s campaign to advance public health brings resources to further advance public health through enhanced authority, autonomy, leadership, workforce development, and resources. Recent funding awarded to Georgia Public Health Association, Georgia Rural Health Association, Hayslett Group, Mathews and Maxwell, and the Hispanic Health Coalition of Georgia help to further transform public health into a vibrant 21st century system that benefits all Georgians.

The grant awards are as follows:

Atlanta Alliance on Developmental Disabilities $5,000
Support to provide training and education to nonprofit health organizations regarding the budget and legislative policy priorities in 2011-2012.    
Cobb Health Futures Foundation $8,000
Support to partially support planning costs for undertaking the MAPP (Mobilizing for action through Planning and Partnerships) process.    
Georgia Association for Primary Health Care, Inc. $5,000
Support for the 2011 Annual Conference titled: Leaders in Quality Health Care.    
Georgia Health News $50,000
Support to strengthen its capacity to deliver critical information on public health and health care in Georgia to consumers and policymakers statewide through journalism and other online communications.    
Georgia Public Health Association $80,000
Support to strengthen its organizational capacity and reach.    
Georgia Rural Health Association, Inc. $90,000
Support to increase the effectiveness of the organization's advocacy and policy development work to position itself as a strong voice for rural health in Georgia.    
Georgia Watch $4,500
Support to author a Health Voices policy brief on nonprofit hospital community benefits.    
Hayslett Group LLC $110,000
Support to execute a statewide advocacy campaign to advance public health in Georgia.    
Hispanic Health Coalition of Georgia, Inc. $150,000
Support to develop the 2012 Georgia Latino Health Report and to host a second Latino Health Summit in Georgia.    
Mathews & Maxwell, Inc. $35,000
Support to conduct legislative tracking and analyses and to provide education to key policymakers on issues specifically related to the role and status of public health in Georgia.    
MissionWise $9,000
Support for the development and design of a technical assistance publication on Intellectual Property.    
Southeastern Council of Foundations $5,000
Support for the 2011 Grantmakers in Aging EngAGEment Initiative.    
University of Georgia Research Foundation $75,000
Support to evaluate the impact of Georgia's new public health General Grant-in-Aid funding formula.    

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: