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Healthcare Georgia Foundation Announces 2015 First Quarter Grant Awards

Highlights include investments in the delivery of quality care in Georgia’s public health districts

Atlanta, GA – May 21, 2015 - Healthcare Georgia Foundation today announced $1,143,750 in grants to twenty-seven organizations and programs. The grants featured Foundation support for Georgia’s public health district accreditation in four districts across the state including boards of health in Glynn, Houston, Laurens and Troup counties. “The Foundation is deeply committed to supporting quality improvement in the delivery of public health services to Georgians,” said Gary D. Nelson, president, Healthcare Georgia Foundation. “By strategically investing in accredited public health entities, we can help insure that Georgia’s frontline of health promotion and protection is steadfastly focused on advancing quality and performance in Georgia.” 

Continued funding was also announced for two of the Foundation’s signature programs: the Connections conference and HealthTecdl, Healthcare Georgia Foundation’s distance learning program. Connections 2016 is the Foundation’s seventh, biannual statewide convening of Foundation grantees, partners, and community leaders, and is being planned for the first half of 2016. With more than 200 programs to date, HealthTecdl continues to produce high quality, live and on-demand programming for health nonprofits and the healthcare workforce. More than thirty programs are planned for the next 12 months. 

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

AIDS Athens, Inc. $50,000
Support to develop a strategic marketing and communications plan, provide professional development training to staff, and purchase an electronic document management system.    
 
All About Developmental Disabilities $15,000
Support to conduct an environmental scan and to develop a strategic plan.    
 
Avatar Communications, Inc. $56,000
Support to sustain and continue the marketing and communication efforts for Healthcare Georgia Foundation’s Distance Learning program, HealthTecdl.    
 
Avatar Communications, Inc. $63,900
Support to manage the Joseph D. Greene Community Service Awards program and the branding activities related to the communications efforts associated with Connections 2016.    
 
Christ Community Health Services Augusta, Inc. $25,000
Support to implement the eClinical Works Care Coordination Module.    
 
Community Catalyst, Inc. $5,000
Support for the Southern Health Partners convening scheduled on June 17-19, 2015 in Atlanta.    
 
Foothills Area Health Education Center, Inc. $20,000
Support for participation in HealthTecdl, to produce five distance learning programs addressing rural health and healthcare, and designed to address Georgia’s healthcare workforce.    
 
Georgia Campaign for Adolescent Power and Potential $50,000
Support to implement a comprehensive social media communications campaign.    
 
Georgia Public Health Association $12,000
The 86th Annual GPHA Meeting & Conference of the Georgia Public Health Association April 13 & 14, 2014 at the Hilton Atlanta in downtown Atlanta, GA    
 
Glynn County Board of Health $52,500
Support to develop and complete community health assessments and community health improvement plans, establish and monitor a system of performance management, and develop quality improvement practices and processes.    
 
Good Samaritan Health Center, Inc. $50,000
Support to hire a dedicated finance staff person to increase revenues from insurance reimbursements and manage the organization’s financial operations.    
 
Grantmakers for Effective Organizations $3,050
Support for Grantmakers for Effective Organizations annual membership for 2015    
 
Houston County Board of Health $52,500
Support to implement a community health improvement plan, develop an agency strategic plan, create a workforce development plan and select a performance management system.    
 
Jewish Family & Career Services Inc. $50,000
Support to develop and complete an evaluation of health services and partnerships at the Ben Massell Dental Clinic.    
 
Laurens County Board of Health $52,500
Support to conduct community health assessments for each of the ten counties that encompass the South Central Health District.    
 
Macon Volunteer Clinic, Inc. $15,000
Support to update its donor database software in order to strengthen its resource development and community outreach capacity.    
 
Magnetic North LLC $9,000
Develop and produce a succession plan for the position of President, Healthcare Georgia Foundation.    
 
Magnolia Coastlands Area Health Education Center (AHEC) $20,000
Support for participation in HealthTecdl, including the production of five distance learning programs addressing rural health and healthcare and designed to strengthen Georgia’s healthcare workforce.    
 
Mitchell Meetings $285,000
Support to plan, execute and evaluate Connections 2016.    
 
Odyssey Family Counseling Center $44,000
Support to maintain and build new relationships, upgrade computer software, update its website and develop marketing materials.    
 
Opinion Savvy $10,200
Support to plan, implement, and analyze two public opinion polls focusing on rural health and healthcare in Georgia.    
 
Physicians’ Care Clinic $21,000
Support to develop a succession plan for the senior administrator of the clinic, and to create marketing/communications tools to increase PCC’s visibility within DeKalb County.    
 
South Georgia Medical Education and Research Consortium $50,000
Support to develop a five-year strategic plan.    
 
Southeastern Council of Foundations $9,600
Support to conduct community health assessments and to create quality improvement and workforce development plans.    
 
Southwest Georgia Area Health Education Center, Inc. (SOWEGA-AHEC) $20,000
Support for participation in HealthTecdl, including the production of five distance learning programs addressing rural health and healthcare and designed to strengthen Georgia’s healthcare workforce.    
 
TechBridge, Inc. $50,000
Support for technology implementation, network management, network maintenance, program support and training efforts for the use of Healthcare Georgia Foundation’s Distance Learning program, HealthTecdl.    
 
Troup County Board of Health $52,500
Support to conduct community health assessments and to create quality improvement and workforce development plans.    
 

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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