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For Immediate Release


Toni Almasy
Avatar Communications, Inc.

Healthcare Georgia Foundation announces new grant awards totaling over $1.5 M

Grants awarded to seventeen organizations and programs to support the needs of underserved Georgians

Atlanta, Georgia – July 09, 2003 - Healthcare Georgia Foundation today announced that it has awarded grants totaling $1,537,000 to seventeen organizations and programs throughout Georgia.

“Addressing the needs of the underserved in Georgia continues to be of critical importance to Healthcare Georgia Foundation,” commented Gary Nelson, President. “We remain committed to supporting the types of promising organizations and programs represented in these grants, and hope that these grant awards will have substantial impact on the individuals and communities they serve.”

The seventeen grant recipients include:

Albany Advocacy Resource Center $125,000
Support for two sites in Georgia providing professional development, recruitment activities, and skill training for 500 direct support professionals - individuals who support the daily living activities of the developmentally disabled.    
Center for Civic Partnerships (Public Health Institute) $38,000
Support for the provision of sustainability technical assistance to Georgia's nonprofit health organizations.    
Center for Diversity in Health Research, Inc. $45,000
Support to inform the design of a strategic grantmaking initiative to address health disparities in Georgia.    
Colquitt County Board of Health $10,000
General operating support to provide bridge funding for the Family Farm Worker Health Program, providing health service delivery for migrant workers in Ellenton, Georgia for two weeks in the summer each year.    
FCS Urban Ministries, Inc. $8,000
Support for an evaluation to assess 160 Georgia based nonprofit health organizations and their efforts to seek grant support from Healthcare Georgia Foundation from May- June 2003.    
Georgia Cancer Coalition, Inc. $250,000
Support to enhance two rural regions' (West Central and Southwest Georgia) community outreach efforts for cancer prevention, early detection and treatment to reduce cancer disparities in over 50 counties.    
Georgia Public Health Association, Inc. $141,000
Support for the initial Public Health Leadership Institute for 160 local members of County Board of Health from the 19 health districts and for the 2003 Annual Meeting and Conference.    
Georgia State University Research Foundation, Inc. $125,000
Support to enhance Georgia's school health program capacity and to conduct research to inform Georgia's best options for collaborative work to address childhood overweight and obesity.    
Global Evaluation & Applied Research Solutions $200,000
Support to design, implement and report findings of Healthcare Georgia Foundation's (HGF) second Listening Tour - collecting data from consumers on their health and healthcare experiences in Georgia.    
Health Students Taking Action Together (AIDS Survival Project) $35,000
General operating support for Health Students Taking Action Together (HSTAT) for continued leadership development activities to young, health professional students and for organization strengthening.    
New Horizons Area MH-MR-SA Program $65,000
Support to enhance its substance abuse treatment capacity through staff development and training, reducing the percentage of substance abuse relapses in seven West Central Georgia counties.    
Porter Novelli $10,000
Support to conduct communications research designed to inform the publication and positioning of a public opinion poll on access to healthcare and prevention in Georgia.    
Professional and Scientific Associates $80,000
Support for the inaugural conference of Georgia nonprofit health organizations and Healthcare Georgia Foundation grantees.    
Shepherd Center, Inc. $180,000
Support for the Marcus Community Bridge Program and the provision of enhanced case management services for clients with disabilities and compromised skin integrity.    
University of Georgia Research Foundation, Inc. $10,000
Support to augment the existing HGF grant to collect public opinion data on a variety of health and healthcare issues facing Georgians by producing two data-based policy briefs.    
Women's Information Network, Inc. $5,000
Support for 'Spring Training', a regional health promotion and education campaign providing a health screening event in Northwest Georgia and working to develop partnerships with health service providers, businesses and the community.    
Women's Policy Education Fund $210,000
Support for the creation of a centralized source of web-based and printed material tracking health policy in Georgia and to encourage its use by consumer focused organizations and other key stakeholders.    

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: