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Toni Almasy
Avatar Communications, Inc.

Twenty Nonprofit Health Organizations Receive Grants Totaling $1.7 million to Improve the Health of All Georgians

Healthcare Georgia Foundation Announces Grants Awards to Expand Access to Affordable High Quality Health Care

Atlanta, Georgia – August 11, 2004 - Healthcare Georgia Foundation today announced the recipients of its most recent round of grantmaking, awarding over $1.7 million to twenty nonprofit health-related organizations throughout Georgia.

“These grants represent the lifeblood necessary to sustain Georgia’s safety net providers and their efforts to address both the acute and chronic health problems that persistently face Georgians,” said Dr. Gary D. Nelson, president of Healthcare Georgia Foundation. “As catalysts for better health and health care, these organizations join the growing ranks of foundation grants dedicated to underserved individuals and communities.”

The Foundation's most recent grant recipients include:

Athens Neighborhood Health Center, Inc. $85,000
General operating support to fund strategic planning and board development to strengthen organizational effectiveness, and physician services to enhance healthcare to medically underserved Athens-Clarke County residents.    
Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta, Inc. $26,000
Support to educate about healthcare and homelessness in Georgia.    
Community Foundation of the Chattahoochee Valley, Inc. $12,000
Support for a community assets and critical issues assessment, a collaborative effort to educate donors through a report on the community's health needs in eight counties in West Central Georgia.    
Development Corporation of Middle Georgia $35,000
Support for a market analysis/needs assessment to identify the working capital needs of healthcare nonprofits in Georgia.    
Foundation Center $40,000
Support to provide grantwriting workshops to nonprofit health organizations in LaGrange, Thomasville and Gainesville.    
Georgia Coalition for Physical Activity & Nutrition, Inc. $180,000
Support for the development and implementation of an organized statewide approach to community-based advocacy and public education about obesity, overweight, and physical inactivity among Georgia’s school-aged population.    
Georgia State University Research Foundation, Inc. $107,500
Support to model the fiscal and economic impact of state Medicaid and PeachCare changes, assess the economic impact of Medicaid on the State, and conduct a case study of Community Health Works in Central Georgia.    
Georgia State University Research Foundation, Inc. $63,000
Support to assess the impact of Georgia's aging population on the demand for health services, revenue policy and public financing of health care.    
Good Samaritan Health & Wellness Center, Inc. $50,000
General operating support to coordinate healthcare and health education to medically underserved residents in Pickens County.    
Grantmakers In Aging, Inc. $83,000
Support for a January 2005 Regional Issues Forum on healthy aging, providing opportunities for grantmakers to promote and strengthen grantmaking and address aging issues in Georgia.    
Hope Health Clinic, Inc. $75,000
Support to expand primary healthcare services for the medically underserved of Spalding County, emphasizing disease management and education for diabetics.    
Inner Summit, Inc. $49,500
Support for an HIV/AIDS and teenage pregnancy prevention program for young men and boys ages 11-17 in DeKalb and Fulton counties.    
Institute of Public Health - Georgia State University $420,000
Support to establish a statewide policy leadership program and serve as an organizational focal point to better understand and propose solutions to the problems of overweight and physical inactivity among Georgia's school-aged population.    
Jewish Family & Career Services Inc. $49,500
Support for an HIV/AIDS and teenage pregnancy prevention program for young men and boys ages 11-17 in DeKalb and Fulton counties.    
Macon-Bibb County Health Department $45,000
Support to assess the capacity of its public health infrastructure and to develop a five-year plan for improving capacity.    
North Georgia Community Foundation $27,000
Support to develop and disseminate healthcare data in Northeast Georgia for the purpose of educating existing and potential donors about charitable giving opportunities to improve the health of Georgians.    
Pastoral Institute, Inc. $175,000
Support for Columbus Cares, a community-based suicide prevention project in West Central Georgia to provide education and support of broad networks of community volunteers.    
Savannah Foundation, Inc. $12,000
Support to educate donors about healthcare services by conducting an inventory of nonprofit health services, convening a health summit and producing a local health status report in Southeast Georgia.    
Southeast Community Research Center, Inc. $95,000
Support to execute applied research and intervention projects from its cultivated network of community-researcher collaborations throughout Georgia.    

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: