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For Immediate Release


Toni Almasy
Avatar Communications, Inc.

Healthcare Georgia Foundation Launches Strategic Investment in Promising Approaches to Improved Infant Health

Foundation announces grants to 16 organizations and programs totaling more than $1.4 million

Atlanta, GA – October 15, 2012 - Healthcare Georgia Foundation today announced $1,407,200 in grant awards to 16 organizations and programs dedicated to improving the health and healthcare for Georgians. These 2012 awards reflect the Foundation’s aggressive approach to improving the quality and effectiveness of public health, workforce development through information technology, school-based health centers providing preventive services to school-aged populations, and most prominently, programs addressing low-income, high disparity populations of women at highest risk for adverse birth outcomes.

“Healthcare Georgia Foundation is poised to play a pivotal role in partnership with state and local, public and private organizations committed to addressing infant mortality,” said Gary D. Nelson, president, Healthcare Georgia Foundation. This preventable health problem, for which Georgia ranks near the bottom among states, requires investments in programs that improve maternal health before and in-between pregnancies, managing risks throughout pregnancy, and addressing the many social and environmental influences on the health of the mother and the baby.

“Our approach is grounded in science, built on partnerships with communities, and focused on measurable results. Georgia has previously demonstrated that it has the ability to achieve measurable reductions in poor birth outcomes, yet we can no longer afford to ignore the racial and ethnic disparities that exist, especially in our poorest communities,” Nelson continued. “We are eager to see the results of these promising community programs we have funded and the opportunity to take what works to scale.”

The grant awards are as follows:

Clayton County Board of Health $80,000
Support to strengthen its home visitation and family planning services by hiring a perinatal case management nurse and a health educator.    
DeKalb County Board of Health $112,500
Support to design, implement and evaluate an 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 $50,000
Support for the Foundation’s recently released Request for Proposals (RFP) entitled Promising Approaches to Improved Infant Health.    
Emory University $500,000
Support to implement a school-based health center demonstration project in three elementary schools in Georgia.    
Emory University $80,000
Support for the review and analysis of birth data archives for the last 12 years in order to refine, update and streamline metrics and data collection methods; to improve quality of care; and to develop training modules to educate providers on using new data collection tools.    
Georgia Department of Public Health $25,000
Support for the statewide Georgia Perinatal Health meeting on October1-2, 2012 in Atlanta, Georgia.    
Georgia Rural Health Association $25,000
Support to plan, design and evaluate five HealthTecdl programs focused on rural health issues, the needs of the rural health workforce and rural health policy priorities in Georgia.    
Georgia Southern University Research and Service Foundation, Inc. $60,000
Support on behalf of the Jiann-Ping Hsu College of Public Health to complete the cross-site and site-specific evaluation of the Georgia Childhood Asthma Management Program and to publish and disseminate the evaluation results.    
Georgia Southern University Research and Service Foundation, Inc. $65,000
Support on behalf of the Jiann-Ping Hsu College of Public Health to provide technical assistance to the two public health districts selected for funding through Healthcare Georgia Foundation’s Georgia Public Health District Accreditation Pilot Program.    
Gwinnett County Board of Health $112,500
Support to hire an accreditation coordinator to coordinate and oversee the accreditation application process and to provide ongoing accreditation support for the Georgia Public Health District Accreditation Pilot Program.    
Hayslett Group LLC $50,000
Support to execute a statewide advocacy campaign to advance public health in Georgia.    
Lowndes County Board of Health $74,000
Support to sustain the Baby LUV (Lowndes Unique Victories) program designed to improve birth outcomes and to reduce infant mortality and low both rates for pregnant African-American women with multiple risk factors.    
Mathews & Maxwell, Inc. $25,000
Support to conduct legislative tracking and analyses for the Foundation and to provide education to key policy makers and health advocates.    
MissionWise $18,200
Support for the development of a prototype business model for the adoption and modification by organizations participating in Healthcare Georgia Foundation’s distance learning program, HealthTecdl.    
Southwest Public Health District $80,000
Support to strengthen capacity and sustain its Centering Pregnancy program.    
University of Georgia Research Foundation, Inc. $50,000
Support to provide evaluation for the School-Based Health Center (SBHC).    

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: