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For Immediate Release


Andrea Berry
Communications Manager

Fourth Quarter Grants Reflect 15 Years of Strategic Support for Georgia Health Nonprofits

Healthcare Georgia Foundation grants total nearly two million dollars in investments to advance health and healthcare

Atlanta, GA – January 05, 2017 - Healthcare Georgia Foundation announced today its fourth quarter 2016 grant awards totaling $1,898.500. The Foundation’s financial support will reach communities across Georgia as they work to provide effective, affordable, and sustainable health services to underserved populations. Investments focused on Georgia’s healthcare safety net, promising programs, addressing persons with special needs, local health policy, the health of rural Georgias, and the promising work behind the Foundation’s signature initiatives focusing on obesity and infant health.

“These awards reflect the Foundation's commitment to strategic grantmaking by embracing what works, looking for creativity and innovation, demanding rigor yet taking risks despite the uncertainty that exists in healthcare,” said Gary Nelson, PhD, Foundation President. “Despite the scarcity of resources and the abundance of need, what we find among the organizations receiving our support is an unwavering commitment to creating a culture of health dedicated to eliminating health disparities and promoting greater health equity."

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


Alzheimer's Disease and Related Disorders Association $50,000
Support to provide caregivers and individuals with Alzheimer's and dementia care planning services.    
Atlanta Education Telecommunications Collaborative, Inc. $125,000
Support to develop in-depth stories covering health disparities and health equity issues, with emphasis on rural Georgia in relation to The Two Georgias Initiative.    
Augusta University Research Institute, Inc. $7,500
Support for a scientific writing workshop.    
Boling and Company Health Care Consultants, LLC $15,000
Support to prepare and present the 2nd Annual Rural Healthcare Symposium in Athens, Georgia in conjunction with the University of Georgia School of Law on April 21, 2017.    
Clayton County Board of Health $75,000
Support to participate in Year Four of the Foundation's grantmaking initiative, Taking Care of You - Evidence-Based Approaches to Reducing Adverse Birth Outcomes.    
Families USA Foundation $3,000
Support for the Families USA 2017 Health Action Conference scheduled for February 16-18, 2017 in Washington, DC.    
Fayette CARE Clinic $50,000
Support to expand its chronic care management program, provide cultural competency training to staff, and obtain certified medical interpreters to reduce language barriers for Hispanic patients.    
Georgia College and State University Foundation $80,000
Support to implement policy activities associated with preventing obesity in Milledgeville and Baldwin County.    
Georgia Health News $100,000
Support to provide information on public health and healthcare in Georgia to consumers and policymakers through articles and news stories via their website.    
Georgia Health Sciences University Foundation, Inc. $300,000
Support for the establishment of the Center for Rural Health Support and Study.    
Georgia Partnership for TeleHealth (GPT) $8,000
Support for two events: The 6th Annual School-based Telehealth Summit on November 3, 2016 in Tifton, GA and the 8th Annual Georgia Partnership for Telehealth Spring Conference on March 22, 2017 in Jekyll Island.    
Georgia Public Health Association $12,000
Support for the 88th Annual GPHA Meeting and Conference scheduled for April 18-19 at the Atlanta Marriott Marquis hotel.    
Georgia Research Alliance, Inc. $5,000
Support for the design, implementation and reporting of a statewide public opinion poll focused on medical and health research.    
Georgia Rural Health Association, Inc. $100,000
Support designed to strengthen and sustain membership services for organizations, individuals, corporations, students, and elected officials representing rural communities.    
Georgia Transplant Foundation, Inc. $50,000
Support to provide dialysis patients with access to the Dialysis Liaison Program, an evidence-based program to reduce disparities in access to kidney transplanation.    
Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies Coalition of Georgia, Inc. $50,000
Support to assess existing prenatal education efforts and to expand its community-based prenatal education and outreach program to serve expectant women in the Augusta region.    
Healthy Savannah $80,000
Support to implement policy activities focused on preventing childhood obestiy in underserved communities in Savannah and Chatham County.    
Hospice of the Golden Isles, Inc. $50,000
Support to expand its palliative care program to underserved residents in predominately rural areas of Brunswick.    
Lowndes County Board of Health $75,000
Support to participate in Year Four of the Foundation's grantmaking initiative, Taking Care of You - Evidence-Based Approaches to Reducing Adverse Birth Outcomes.    
Mathews & Maxwell, Inc. $80,000
Support for policy and constituence building activities aligned with Healthcare Georgia Foundation's Two Georgias Initiative.    
Mercy Health Care, Inc. $50,000
Support to expand access to healthcare services to patients who are uninsured and have multiple chronic medical conditions in Barrow, Clarke, Jackson, Madison, Oconee, and Oglethorpe counties.    
National Families In Action $8,000
Support to translate and disseminate a publication titled The Marijuana Report designed to inform and educate the public, the prevention and treatment workforce, and legislators regarding drug prevention, including marijuana.    
Opportunity Finance Network $350,000
Capacity Building for CDFIs in Georgia: OFN seeks to build the capacity of CDFIs by fostering greater collaboration and connection with the economic development infrastructure and by providing targeted technical assistance for growth and impact.    
Southwest Public Health District $75,000
Support to participate in Year Four of the Foundation's grantmaking initiative, Taking Care of You - Evidence-Based Approaches to Reducing Adverse Birth Otucomes.    
Street Smart Youth Project $50,000
Support to provide evidence-based interventions to at-risk youth in schools and community-based organizations in Fulton and DeKalb counties to reduce health disparities related to HIV/AIDS, sexually transmitted diseases, and teen pregnancy.    
Whitefoord, Inc. $50,000
Support to expand a behavioral health program for children in pre-school through middle school in metropolitan Atlanta.    

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: