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For Immediate Release


Toni Almasy
Avatar Communications, Inc.

Healthcare Georgia Foundation Awards $1,105,000 in Leveraged Investments

Foundation seeks to further build the long-term capacity of health nonprofits

Atlanta, GA – July 09, 2014 - Healthcare Georgia Foundation today announced grant awards totaling $1,105,000 in support of health nonprofit organizational capacity, sustainability of its promising school-based health center initiative, and public health accreditation strategy. In addition, recently awarded Foundation grants will be directed towards hosting a national health policy conference and a state-based public health summit. Now in its thirteenth year, the Foundation's attention to general operating support for health nonprofits has helped position emerging and established organizations to become efficient providers of high quality affordable healthcare services.

Strategic planning, communications, electronic medical record systems, and financial management tools are grant supported investments designed to enable high performing organizations achieve better outcomes for patients and health consumers. According to Dr. Gary Nelson, Foundation president, "We are especially pleased to support these efforts among health nonprofits operating in diverse areas of our state. Our commitment as a statewide private foundation is to strategically deploy our resources to achieve greater health equity among all Georgians.”

In addition to ongoing efforts to advance public health in Georgia, the Foundation is supporting the University of Georgia’s State of Public Health Summit in the fall of 2014 and the efforts by Dekalb and Gwinnett County Public Health to pursue public health accreditation.

Recipients of the Foundation's most recent grant awards include:

Albany Advocacy Resource Center Inc $20,000
Support to develop a five-year strategic plan.    
Athens Nurses Clinic $42,000
Support to enhance its electronic medical records system and to provide professional development opportunities to its staff.    
BlazeSports America, Inc. $50,000
Support to develop a communications plan and an evaluation plan, and to revise its organizational logic model.    
Camp Kudzu $50,000
Support to develop a five-year strategic plan and to conduct an evaluation of its program and fundraising activities. Camp Kudzu provides diabetes self-management education to children with Type 1 diabetes.    
Center for Health Policy Development $15,000
Support for the 27th Annual State Health Policy Conference, Innovations Ripe for the Picking, October 6-8, 2014 in Atlanta, Georgia.    
DeKalb County Board of Health $50,000
Support to continue its accreditation project to enhance the agency’s capacity to meet the standards and measures required for accreditation by the Public Health Accreditation Board (PHAB).    
Emory University $400,000
Support to implement the sustainability phase of the school-based health center initiative in three elementary schools.    
Gwinnett County Board of Health $50,000
Support to continue its accreditation project to enhance the agency’s capacity to meet the standards and measures required for accreditation by the Public Health Accreditation Board (PHAB).    
Medbank Foundation $50,000
Support to develop a strategic plan and to support leadership staff to manage the organization’s growth.    
Messages of Empowerment Productions $75,000
Support to plan and conduct an evaluation of the first two years of the Foundation’s General Operating Grant Program.    
New Horizons Community Service Board $40,000
Support to upgrade its Health Information Technology (HIT) system.    
St. Jude's Recovery Center, Inc. $37,000
Support to develop a strategic plan and to conduct a community environmental scan.    
The Center for Pan Asian Community Services, Inc. $50,000
Support to upgrade its financial management software and electronic medical records system.    
The Family Center of Columbus, Inc. $17,000
Support to upgrade its client management software system.    
The Samaritan Counseling Center of Southwest Georgia $30,000
Support to fully implement an electronic medical records system, develop a sustainability plan and provide continuing education to its counselors.    
United Way of the CSRA $21,000
Support to implement a new data software system and to provide training to staff, partner agencies, board and volunteers.    
University of Georgia Foundation $15,000
Support for the State of Public Health Conference, a signature conference for the University of Georgia College of Public Health.    
Valley Healthcare System, Inc. $45,000
Support to develop a marketing and communications campaign.    
Visiting Nurse Health System $48,000
Support to provide specialized training to home health and hospice nurses in caring for patients with advanced cardiovascular disease.    

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: