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For Immediate Release


Healthcare Georgia Foundation

School-Based Health Centers, Distance Learning, and The Two Georgias Initiative Highlight First Quarter Grants

Grants feature $526,900 in awards to twelve organizations; expanded support for place-based investments addressing health disparities

Atlanta, GA – May 06, 2016 - Healthcare Georgia Foundation announced today its first quarter grant awards reflecting the Foundation’s 15 year history of addressing health disparities through place-based investments. Where Georgians live, work and play are powerful determinants of their health and healthcare. Recent Foundation investments in school-based health services, healthcare workforce development, and rural health and healthcare confirm the importance of place and the powerful influence of the social determinants of health — poverty, unemployment, food insecurity, transportation and homelessness.

According to Foundation President Gary D. Nelson, “As we address inequalities in health and healthcare through our grantmaking, we continue to see a significant health penalty imposed on Georgians who reside in our rural communities. One’s health should not be determined by place of residence or zip code.”

Below are the most recent grant awards:

Avatar Communications $109,000
Support for the marketing, communication, and program design activities for a restructured HealthTecdl, Healthcare Georgia Foundation’s distance learning program.    
Coalitions Work $14,000
Support for the development of web-based distance learning technical assistance modules designed to build organizational and community capacity among grantees participating in The Two Georgias Initiative.    
Emory University $110,000
Support to implement a School Based Health Center Planning grant project targeting rural communities in Georgia.    
Georgia Health Sciences University Foundation, Inc. $10,000
Support for the Rural Health Task Force and its completion of a report recommending best practices and policies for the management of rural hospitals.    
Georgia Hospital Association Research and Education Foundation $10,000
Support for the 2016 Center for Rural Health Annual Meeting scheduled for August 24-26, 2016 in St. Simons, Georgia.    
Georgia Public Health Association $10,000
Support for the 87th Annual GPHA Meeting & Conference on March 22-23, 2016 at the Hilton Atlanta Downtown hotel.    
Georgia Southern University Research and Service Foundation $100,000
Support for an evaluation of the Georgia Rural Hospital Stabilization Pilot Project.    
Georgians for a Healthy Future $4,500
Support for attendance/participation in Families USA’s 21st annual Health Action Conference in Washington D.C. scheduled for February 4-6, 2016.    
Grantmakers for Effective Organizations $2,000
Support for Grantmakers for Effective Organizations annual membership for 2016    
Southeastern Council on Foundations $8,400
Support for 2016 Southeastern Council on Foundations annual membership.    
TechBridge, Inc. $109,000
Support for technology implementation, network management, network maintenance, and program/training support in the delivery of HealthTecdl, Healthcare Georgia Foundation’s distance learning program.    
U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation $40,000
Support to plan, conduct, and evaluate a Georgia Business and Health Roundtable and a health and economic development forum for chambers of commerce representing Georgia rural counties in Fall 2016.    

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: