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Healthcare Georgia Foundation Announces Twenty-One Fourth-Quarter Grants

Awards feature expansion of Taking Care of You, the Foundation’s Infant Mortality Initiative

Atlanta, GA – December 22, 2014 - Healthcare Georgia Foundation today announced twenty-one grants totaling $1,561,600. The fourth-quarter grants complete the Foundation’s 2014 awards, which totaled $3,936,150. Additionally, the Foundation funded seventy-one organizations and programs benefitting the health of Georgians in 2014, the highest number of annual awards since the Foundation first began its grantmaking in 2002.

Reflected in the grant awards is the Foundation’s support of the second year of Taking Care of You, the Foundation’s Infant Mortality Initiative. Taking Care of You is an evidence-based approach to reducing low birth weight, premature births and SIDS among high risk pregnant women. “Since the program’s inception over the past few years, Georgia mothers and their babies have already begun to experience the benefits of this initiative,” said Gary D. Nelson, president, Healthcare Georgia Foundation. “As Taking Care of You moves forward, we continue to be optimistic about the positive impact this public/private partnership will have on maternal and infant health in the regions of our state exhibiting the highest rates of adverse birth outcomes.”

 

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

Cancer Coalition of South Georgia, Inc. $50,000
Support to provide cancer prevention and screening services, patient navigation and education to improve health outcomes and reduce health disparities in Terrell County, Georgia.    
 
CHRIS Kids $50,000
Support to coordinate its current behavioral and mental health services with access to primary care, dental and telehealth services in Fulton, DeKalb and Gwinnett counties.    
 
Clayton County Board of Health $150,000
Support to participate in Year 2 of the Foundation’s grantmaking initiative titled: Taking Care of You – Evidence-Based Approaches to Reducing Adverse Birth Outcomes.    
 
Culture Connect, Inc. $50,000
Support to provide its current medical interpreter training curriculum in an online distance learning format to expand the program statewide and to improve access to quality health care services.    
 
Diabetes Association of Atlanta, Inc. $50,000
Funding to implement a diabetes prevention and control program in Metropolitan Atlanta.    
 
Emory University $7,000
Support to develop and produce a series of webinars aimed to equip public health practitioners, community leaders, and health educators in the implementation of evidence-based approaches to community practice.    
 
Enroll America $75,000
Support on behalf of the Atlanta office to expand a health insurance community outreach and education program to consumers across Georgia.    
 
First Choice Primary Care, Inc. $50,000
Support to provide more effective chronic disease management services by providing staff cultural competency training and enhancing patient engagement strategies in Bibb County.    
 
Georgia Budget and Policy Institute, Inc. $75,000
Support to engage in health policy advocacy, research and analysis designed to educate state leaders, consumers and advocacy organizations on Medicaid expansion.    
 
Georgia Charitable Care Network $75,000
Support to conduct an assessment of the impact of the services provided by free and charitable clinics in Georgia.    
 
Georgia Hospital Association $75,000
Support to expand implementation of a hospital care coordination program in Georgia.    
 
Georgia Lions Lighthouse $50,000
Support to expand its mobile clinic vision services program to Richmond and Sumter counties.    
 
Good Samaritan Health Center of Cobb $50,000
Support to provide high risk patients with access to chronic disease prevention services at its clinic.    
 
Grantmakers in Health $4,600
Support for Healthcare Georgia Foundation’s membership as a Funding Partner for 2014.    
 
Highland Nonprofit Consulting, LLC $75,000
Funding to plan and conduct an evaluation of the first two years of the Foundation’s Direct Services Grant Program.    
 
Lowndes County Board of Health $150,000
Support to participate in Year 2 of the Foundation’s grantmaking initiative titled: Taking Care of You – Evidence-Based Approaches to Reducing Adverse Birth Outcomes.    
 
Lowndes County Partnership for Health $50,000
Support for implementation of a chronic disease prevention program within five African-American churches in Lowndes County.    
 
Mathews & Maxwell $25,000
Support for the design and implementation of an informational program to inform individuals in state government who most directly impact the policies, programs, and budgets affecting rural health in Georgia.    
 
Mercy Medical Clinic and Foundation, Inc. $50,000
Support on behalf of the Compassionate Care Dental Clinic (CCDC) to support an expansion of its dental program in Southeast Georgia.    
 
Porter Novelli $150,000
Support to participate in in Year 2 of the Foundation’s initiative titled: Taking Care of You – Evidence-Based Approaches to Reducing Adverse Birth Outcomes and to conduct a social marketing outreach and education campaign in selected communities.    
 
Prevent Blindness Georgia $50,000
Support to provide free vision exams and retinal screenings to uninsured adults at-risk for glaucoma and to implement database upgrades to better track patient outcomes.    
 
Southwest Public Health District $150,000
Support to participate in Year 2 of the Foundation’s grantmaking initiative titled: Taking Care of You – Evidence-Based Approaches to Reducing Adverse Birth Outcomes.    
 
Voices for Georgia’s Children $75,000
Support to implement a policy agenda addressing the health care needs of children in 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: www.healthcaregeorgia.org.

 

 

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