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For Immediate Release


Toni Almasy
Avatar Communications, Inc.

Healthcare Georgia Foundation Emphasizes Role of Policy in Accelerating and Sustaining Childhood Obesity Prevention Efforts

Grants represent the third year of funding

Atlanta, GA – October 19, 2015 - Healthcare Georgia Foundation today announced ten grant awards totaling $656,300. The announcement features the third consecutive year of funding of the Foundation’s Childhood Obesity Prevention Program. Foundation President Gary D. Nelson stated, “Healthcare Georgia Foundation sees policy support as part of an overall set of strategies to positively affect childhood obesity rates in Georgia. The Foundation is encouraged to see recent improvements in Georgia’s childhood obesity rates,” Nelson continued, “It’s time we accentuate obesity prevention efforts throughout the state with particular attention to effective local policy and healthy environments.” To learn more about the Foundation’s Childhood Obesity Prevention Program, visit:


Below are the most recent grant awards:

Cobb Healthy Futures Foundation $75,000
Support to partner with Cobb 2020 to implement local policies addressing childhood obesity.    
Cook County Family Connection $75,000
Support to develop and implement local obesity-related policies and to increase community residents’ knowledge about and awareness of healthy eating and active life.    
Georgia College & State University Foundation $75,000
Support on behalf of the Center for Health & Social Issues to partner with the Live Healthy Baldwin Coalition to create local policies & environmental changes designed to enable residents in Baldwin County to make choosing a healthy lifestyle an easy and safe option.    
Georgia State University Research Foundation $130,000
Support to provide technical assistance for implementing policy strategies associated with the Foundation’s Childhood Obesity Prevention Program (COPP) grantees.    
Georgia State University Research Foundation $7,300
Support to publish two technical assistance briefs on the topics of: "Systems Thinking and ST Tools," and "GIS and the Power of Maps."    
Georgians for a Healthy Future $5,000
Support for the first annual Consumer Health Impact Awards.    
Group Health Research Institute: Center for Community Health & Evaluation $11,500
Support to plan, conduct and report the results of a 2015 Healthcare Georgia Foundation Grantee and Applicant Survey.    
ICF Macro, Inc. $200,000
Support to evaluate Year Three of the Foundation’s Childhood Obesity Prevention Program.    
TechBridge, Inc. $2,500
Support to conduct a technology assessment coupled with IT planning for Medshare - a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving healthcare through the efficient recovery and redistribution of surplus medical supplies and equipment.    
YMCA of Coastal Georgia, Inc. $75,000
Support to conduct a health promotion and community awareness campaign to support the implementation of local Complete Streets policies to facilitate construction of the Truman Linear Park Non-Motorized Trail in Savannah.    

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: