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For Immediate Release


Toni Almasy
Avatar Communications, Inc.

Healthcare Georgia Foundation Surpasses $50 Million Milestone in Health Grantmaking

Twelve years of grantmaking reflect significant investment in improving the health; more than 300 organizations received support

Atlanta, GA – January 09, 2014 - Healthcare Georgia Foundation announced that the organization had surpassed the $50 million milestone ($51,280,229) in grants dedicated to improving the health of all Georgians and expanding access to affordable quality healthcare for underserved individuals and communities.

Twelve years of strategic and responsive grantmaking have significantly contributed to efforts throughout the state to expand access to primary care, promote health and prevent disease, address disparities in health, and strengthen health nonprofits. During that time, more than 322 organizations, touching every corner of the state have been the recipients of Foundation investments in health and healthcare. Through the efforts of its visionary board of directors and a skilled and compassionate staff, the Foundation has served to bring financial resources, intellectual capital, and leveraged partnerships to a broad range of health issues, most notably: childhood obesity, a statewide trauma system, creation of a state department of public health, childhood asthma prevention and control, strengthening of the patient centered medical home, expansion of free and charitable clinics, statewide capacity for health policy development and advocacy, and most recently, infant mortality.

Reflecting on the Foundation’s work, President Gary Nelson, PhD, cited its exemplary efforts in strengthening Georgia’s health nonprofit organizations and leadership, bringing critical health services to underserved and uninsured populations, promoting greater health equity by alleviating barriers to unequal access to healthcare programs and services, and demanding better health outcomes from the use of the Foundation’s resources.

“While we have much to be proud of, the Foundation is purposefully committed to making results matter. Georgia remains at the bottom of state rankings on many health measures and on many other indicators we are mediocre at best,” said Nelson. “As a state we are grossly underperforming given our financial resources, technical and scientific expertise, and proclivity for charitable and compassionate care. The Foundation takes great pride in giving voice to the underserved, tackling some of Georgia’s seemingly intractable health problems, informing better health policy, and measuring what matters.”

Healthcare Georgia Foundation continues its work as an organization that is grounded in science, built on partnerships and focused on results. At its December meeting, twenty-five organizations were awarded grants totaling $1,710,500.

The grant awards are as follows:

Advantage Behavioral Health Systems $50,000
Support to expand its adolescent primary health and behavioral health programs at Athens Neighborhood Health Center (ANHC).    
Childkind $50,000
Support to provide home-based services for medically complex children from low-income households in Atlanta. Childkind’s services improve parents’ ability to provide care for their child and to maintain a stable home environment.    
Clayton County Board of Health $150,000
Support to participate in Healthcare Georgia Foundation’s 2013 strategic grantmaking initiative titled: Taking Care of You - Evidence-Based Approaches to Reducing Adverse Birth Outcomes.    
College of Coastal Georgia $10,000
Support for its role in a statewide leadership forums titled: 2014 is Now: Addressing Healthcare Access, Cost and Quality in Georgia to be held in Atlanta Georgia, September 23, 2013 and December 12, 2013.    
Community Advanced Practice Nurses, Inc. $50,000
Support to expand primary health care services to homeless and medically underserved women, children and youth in nine shelter-based clinic sites in Metropolitan Atlanta.    
East Georgia Cancer Coalition $50,000
Support to implement evidence-based protocols to increase cancer screenings at federally qualified health centers (FQHC) in the Athens region.    
Emory University $215,000
Support to conduct a cross-site evaluation of Taking Care of You, the Foundation’s initiative funding Evidence-Based Approaches to Reducing Adverse Birth Outcomes in Georgia.    
Families First, Inc. $50,000
Funding for its young mothers’ support program (Doula) in Atlanta and South DeKalb County.    
Feminist Women's Health Center $50,000
Support for the Lifting Latina Voices (LLV) program.    
Free Clinic Solutions $6,500
Support for the development and publication of a technical resource on free vs. low fee models of care with in Georgia’s network of charitable care clinics.    
Friends of Disabled Adults and Children, Too $50,000
Support for its Home Medical Equipment (HME) program.    
Georgia Health News $20,000
Support for ongoing coverage of the ACA implementation in Georgia.    
Good Samaritan Health & Wellness Center, Inc. $50,000
Support to provide better quality and continuity of health care services to patients in Pickens County.    
Grantmakers In Health $4,000
Support for Healthcare Georgia Foundation’s membership as a Funding Partner for 2013.    
Health Education Assessment And Leadership Inc. (HEAL) $50,000
Support to enhance the Health Education and Research Program, which provides culturally relevant, community-centered health promotion and education to underserved individuals in Fulton County.    
Lowndes County Board of Health $150,000
Support to participate in Healthcare Georgia Foundation’s 2013 strategic grantmaking initiative titled: Taking Care of You - Evidence-Based Approaches to Reducing Adverse Birth Outcomes.    
Mathews & Maxwell, Inc. $80,000
Support to conduct legislative tracking and analyses relevant to state health policy issues in Georgia, and to develop a multi-purpose election guide featuring candidates for U.S Senate and their positions with respect to Georgia’s most pressing health issues.    
Mercy Health Center, Inc. $50,000
Support to provide minority populations with culturally competent care by implementing evidence-based programs aimed at sustaining and expanding a systems approach to minority health improvement.    
National AIDS Education & Services for Minorities, Inc. (NAESM) $50,000
Support to expand its Project Impact HIV testing program in metropolitan Atlanta.    
Porter Novelli $175,000
Support to participate in the Healthcare Georgia Foundation 2013 strategic grantmaking 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.    
Primary Care of Southwest Georgia, Inc. $50,000
Support to expand its primary care cancer screening program to offer recommended breast and ovarian cancer genetic services to low-income women in Early and Thomas counties.    
SisterLove, Inc. $50,000
Support to expand its HIV/AIDS testing and counseling program to include linkages to behavioral programs and primary care services for both HIV positive and high-risk HIV negative individuals in metropolitan Atlanta.    
Southwest Public Health District $150,000
Support to participate in Healthcare Georgia Foundation’s 2013 strategic grantmaking initiative titled: Taking Care of You - Evidence-Based Approaches to Reducing Adverse Birth Outcomes.    
Spring Creek Health Cooperative $50,000
Support to expand the prescription assistance program for low-income uninsured and underserved patients throughout Southwest Georgia.    
The Hearts and Hands Clinic, Inc. $50,000
Support to improve health outcomes for uninsured and low-income adults in Bulloch County by expanding its primary care program to include case management.    

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: