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For Immediate Release


Toni Almasy
Avatar Communications, Inc.

Healthcare Georgia Foundation Awards over $3.5 Million in Grants

Statewide Foundation Concludes Initial Year of Grantmaking, Announcing over $4.3 million in Grants Aimed at Improving the Health of all Georgians

Atlanta, Georgia – January 29, 2003 - Healthcare Georgia Foundation, a statewide, private independent foundation, today announced its second round of grantmaking, totaling more than $3.5 million in support of 26 programs and organizations throughout the state. “These grants demonstrate the Foundation’s continued commitment to improving the health of all Georgians, according to Dr. Gary Nelson, President of Healthcare Georgia Foundation. “They also reflect the Foundation’s efforts to respond to the underserved by addressing health disparities, strengthening nonprofit health organizations and expanding access to primary healthcare.”

“Having just completed our first year of grantmaking, the Foundation is pleased to have awarded over $4.3 million in support of 39 organizations throughout Georgia. As we move into 2003, the Foundation looks forward to extending its support to programs and organizations that advance the health of all Georgians and expand access to affordable, quality healthcare for underserved individuals and communities.”

The Foundation’s grant recipients include:

AIDS Survival Project $160,000
In support for the creation of the Georgia HIV Advocacy Network, a coalition building effort to design a statewide advocacy program incorporating best practices from successful HIV/AIDS advocacy programs.    
Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis Association of Georgia, Inc. $15,000
In general operating support for the implementation of a website-based database in order to better track the progress of those suffering from ALS in Georgia and to increase the numbers of patients they serve.    
Atlanta Women's Foundation $365,500
In support for an initiative of five organizations working to address reproductive healthcare issues for underserved women and girls in 22 metropolitan Atlanta counties.    
Bosom Buddies of Georgia, Inc. $100,000
In general operating support for a breast health education and breast cancer survivor support organization serving medically underserved women in Atlanta, Macon and 17 rural counties.    
Clarkston Community Center $155,000
In support for the Community Health Promoter Program and the promotion of health and well-being among the refugee and immigrant populations in DeKalb County and surrounding areas.    
CSRA Community Foundation $175,000
In support to create Healthcare Georgia Foundation's Donor Advised Fund.    
Emory University Hospital $17,000
In support for the Southeastern Center for Emerging Biologic Threats and a January, 2003 regional conference on West Nile Virus to protect and promote the health of communities in Georgia; and to integrate and coordinate efforts to improve healthcare.    
Foundation of Wesley Woods $80,000
In support for a health and wellness program to benefit elderly, low-income residents of Asbury Harris Epworth Towers in Southwest Atlanta and Branan Towers in East Atlanta.    
Georgia Association for Primary Health Care $350,000
In support to fund eight community health center projects that address the elimination of health disparities in selected chronic diseases.    
Georgia Center for Nonprofits $8,000
In support for the Rural Philanthropy Initiative to strengthen the network of community-based health nonprofits in Athens and Albany.    
Georgia Health Decisions $125,000
In support for the expansion of Critical Conditions, an end-of-life healthcare program throughout Georgia's rural hospitals.    
Georgia Legal Services Program, Inc. $140,000
In support for a Latino-Hispanic Health Care Advocacy Project providing legal advice, council, representation and education regarding healthcare access for the Latino population in 24 northeast rural Georgia counties.    
Georgia Mental Health Consumer Network $195,000
In support for Georgians for a Common Sense Health Plan and nonpartisan policy research and analysis designed to improve the availability, quality and appropriateness of healthcare services in Georgia.    
Georgia Ovarian Cancer Alliance $88,000
in general operating support to fund activities important to the early detection of ovarian cancer among the underserved and ethnically diverse populations of metropolitan Atlanta.    
Georgia Partnership for Caring Foundation $280,000
In general operating support for staffing, capacity building, case management and strategic planning for its volunteer healthcare network that provides health access to low-income, uninsured Georgia residents.    
Good Samaritan Health Center $101,000
In general operating support to replicate GSHC's model in West Cobb and to develop funds for healthcare services to the medically uninsured in West Cobb County and Atlanta, Georgia.    
Health Care Central Georgia $150,000
in support for the provision of health services to uninsured medically indigent 19 to 64-year-old residents of Central Georgia with diabetes, depression, heart disease or hypertension.    
National Center for Black Philanthropy $12,000
In support for health disparities sessions at the Fourth National Conference on Black Philanthropy to be held in Atlanta, Georgia June 12-14, 2003.    
North Georgia AIDS Alliance $10,000
In support for a major regional HIV/AIDS conference titled "Embracing the HIV/AIDS Challenge in Rural North Georgia" scheduled for April 3-4, 2003.    
North Georgia Community Foundation $320,000
In support for a healthcare organization capacity building project to provide core support grants, organizational management training and technical assistance to as many as eight health related nonprofits in 15 counties in North Georgia.    
Reaching Out Foundation $5,000
In support for the Emergency Assistance Fund providing financial assistance, health education services about disease management and financial planning for severely underserved Georgians affected by cystic fibrosis.    
Southeast Community Research Center $150,000
In support for an initiative to build community-researcher collaborations in health research, provide workshops and conduct research and intervention programs with the goal of improving the health of Georgians.    
Statewide Independent Living Council of Georgia, Inc. $160,000
In general operating support to strengthen the organization's development and fundraising capacity to promote independent living and access to healthcare for the disabled in Georgia.    
Taylor Regional Hospital $140,000
In support for Focus on Men's Health, which provides health screenings and health education to men in the rural counties of Bleckley, Crawford, Crisp, Dooly, Macon, Pulaski, Schley, Taylor, Telfair, Twiggs and Wilcox.    
United Way of Metropolitan Atlanta $74,740
In support for three United Way agencies (Dalton, Augusta and Valdosta) to complete the expansion of each community's Georgia 2-1-1 service with an emphasis on collecting and providing healthcare information.    
Visiting Nurse Health System of Metropolitan Atlanta $150,000
In general operating support for the provision of hospice care and the financial stabilization (bridge funding) of hospice costs in 27 Georgia counties.    

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: