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For Immediate Release


Toni Almasy
Avatar Communications, Inc.

Georgia Safety Net Programs Remain Essential Source of Care Despite Affordable Care Act Ruling

Healthcare Georgia Foundation grants feature continued support for safety net programs statewide

Atlanta, GA – July 07, 2015 - Healthcare Georgia Foundation today announced grant awards approved at its June board meeting. The announcement features a $100,000 award to the Georgia Charitable Care Network, with the goal of bolstering free and charitable safety net clinics across the state. “As a result of the changing healthcare landscape in Georgia, the recent Affordable Care Act ruling, and the state decisions regarding Medicaid, Georgia’s health care safety net continues to work under enormous pressure and strain,” said Gary D. Nelson, president, Healthcare Georgia Foundation. “These free and charitable clinics remain on the frontline for services to the underserved, and to survive, they must continue to adapt in care delivery, resources provided, workforce needs, patient care, and education efforts.”

Below are the most recent grant awards:

Clinic for Education, Treatment, and Prevention of Addiction $5,000
Support to host an onsite training and consultation on collaborative documentation.    
Emory University $200,000
Support to implement Year One activities associated with executing a physical activity and academic performance research project.    
Georgia Charitable Care Network Inc. $100,000
Support to design and execute a small grant funding program for free and charitable safety net clinics across Georgia to adapt to the changing healthcare landscape.    
Georgia Hospital Association Research and Education Foundation $15,000
Support for the 2015 Rural Health Annual Meeting scheduled for August 26-28, 2015 in St. Simons, Georgia.    
Greater Hall Chamber Foundation $10,000
Support for Vision 2030 Healthcare Initiative Consortium.    
Porter Novelli $30,000
Support to plan and execute a Taking Care of You statewide convening of medical and public health leaders in an effort to find ways to reduce infant mortality in Georgia and highlight best practices.    
University of Georgia Foundation $12,000
Support for the 2015 State of Public Health Conference.    

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: