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For Immediate Release


Toni Almasy
Avatar Communications, Inc.

Healthcare Georgia Foundation Awards 13 Grant Recipients More Than $1.2 Million

Working in Partnership with the Foundation, These Grant Recipients Are Committed to Improving the Health and Future of all Georgians

Atlanta, Georgia – April 16, 2003 - Healthcare Georgia Foundation, a statewide, private independent foundation, today announced that 13 nonprofit health organizations located throughout Georgia have received more than $1.2 million in grant support. “We are very excited to announce these grant awards and acknowledge the critical work that these organizations are doing to improve the health of all Georgians”, according to Dr. Gary Nelson, President of Healthcare Georgia Foundation. “Through their efforts, each of them are making an important contribution to underserved individuals and communities.”

“We are looking forward to working with each of these organizations, partnering together to make a difference in Georgia. These and future partnerships will be the key to advancing the health of all Georgians and expanding access to affordable, quality health care for underserved individuals and communities.”

The 13 grant recipients include:

Atlanta Women's Foundation, Inc. $2,500
Support for the inaugural 'Women in Medicine for the Atlanta Women's Foundation' event on April 15, 2003 to raise support for programs dealing with cancer-related issues specific to women and girls in Georgia.    
Community HealthCare Center, Inc. $85,000
General operating support for critical staffing, strategic planning and staff development important to serve the medically underserved in the city of Savannah and Chatham County.    
Council on Social Work Education, Inc. $10,000
Support for the first National Gerontological Social Work Conference to be held in Atlanta February 27 - March 2, 2003.    
Emory University (School of Medicine) $385,000
Support to provide interpregnancy care and social supports to underserved women at-risk of poor pregnancy outcomes in Fulton and DeKalb Counties.    
Emory University (Woodruff Health Sciences Center) $105,000
Support for the development and production of a comprehensive inventory of key health indicators in Georgia.    
Georgia Campaign for Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention, Inc. $85,000
Support for Enlace (Spanish for 'link'), a pilot community initiative to improve the access and availability of mental health services to Latino adolescents and their families in Gainesville.    
Georgia Public Telecommunications Commission $5,824
Support for the 'Lifeline to Health' show, featuring interactive call-in segments, health/fitness news and feature stories on health to promote the health of Georgians.    
Kennesaw State University Foundation, Inc. $200,000
Support to develop, implement and evaluate a Latino-Hispanic Diabetes project in Cobb County.    
Medbank Foundation, Inc. $179,100
General operating support to strengthen its capacity to provide free or donated prescription medications to low-income residents of Chatham and Effingham Counties with chronic health conditions.    
National Foundation for the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention, Inc. $9,660
Support for Georgia’s public health leaders’ participation in 'The Public’s Health and the Law in the 21st Century: Second Annual Partnership Conference on Public Health Law' to be held June 16-18, 2003 in Atlanta, Georgia.    
Northwest Georgia Healthcare Partnership, Inc. $125,000
General operating support for key organizational improvements and bridge funding for its Volunteers in Medicine Program providing medical, dental and pharmaceutical care to the medically underserved in Whitfield and Murray Counties.    
Saint Joseph's Mercy Care Services, Inc. $100,000
Support to implement a database analysis research project for improved healthcare and support services to the homeless in metropolitan Atlanta.    
The Morehouse School of Medicine, Inc. $3,000
Support for the Presidential Inaugural Symposium on Health Disparities April 11, 2003, with sessions on determinants, quality of care and access.    

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: