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Healthcare Georgia Foundation Announces Significant Investments in Metropolitan Atlanta’s Health Safety Net for the Underserved

Grant awards to health safety net aim to provide primary care to Atlanta’s most needy; large-scale campaign in support of statewide trauma system launched

Atlanta, Georgia – August 05, 2008 - Healthcare Georgia Foundation today announced grant awards totaling more than $1.8 million, including support for six health clinics providing free and low cost health care for uninsured and underinsured residents of the region. With this grant support, these safety net providers will expand care for patients with diabetes, prenatal care for pregnant women, and provide high quality primary care services for women.

In June, the Foundation funded its first large-scale public education campaign focusing on the need for a sustainable trauma care network. The Hayslett Group received a $398,000 grant to build broad public support, mobilize leadership, engage the media and promote grassroots community involvement to position trauma care as the top health policy agenda item in 2009.  

“The vision and compassionate commitment of our Board of Directors is strongly reflected in our most recent round grantmaking,” said Foundation president, Gary D. Nelson, PhD. “By addressing both the basic primary health care needs of Georgia’s underserved and our state’s trauma care shortfalls, we have the opportunity to impact both ends of the health care spectrum.”

The grant awards are as follows:

American Diabetes Association $300,000
Implement culturally relevant diabetes health education programs in five communities across Georgia (metropolitan Atlanta, Columbus, Macon, Valdosta, and Augusta).    
 
Center for Black Women's Wellness, Inc. $120,000
Provide primary health care services to uninsured women and men living in Neighborhood Planning Unit V (NPU-V) in metropolitan Atlanta.    
 
Community Advanced Practice Nurses, Inc. $111,000
Expand primary health care services to medically underserved individuals in metropolitan Atlanta.    
 
Free Clinic Solutions $8,500
Support to publish a Healthcare Georgia Foundation manuscript (technical assistance tool) on dimensions of volunteerism among health nonprofits.    
 
Fulton County Taxpayers Foundation, Inc. $3,000
Plan and execute the 'Coping with Climate Change Summit' at the Georgia Institute of Technology on May 6, 2008.    
 
GEARS $6,850
Plan and design the 2008 Listening Tour on behalf of Healthcare Georgia Foundation.    
 
Georgia Public Interest Research Group (PIRG) Education Fund $30,000
Implement a grassroots campaign to establish a 100 percent smoke-free policy in Atlanta workplaces, including all bars and restaurants.    
 
Georgia Public Telecommunications Commission $10,000
Underwrite television program, 'Unnatural Causes: Is Inequality Making us Sick?' scheduled to air in the spring of 2008.    
 
Georgia Tech Research Corporation $350,000
Implement quality and performance improvement training programs in rural hospitals in Northeast and West Georgia.    
 
Good Samaritan Health Center of Cobb $80,000
Increase access to diabetes medical treatment to individuals in Cobb County.    
 
Good Samaritan Health Center, Inc. $120,000
Expand diabetes treatment program to individuals in metropolitan Atlanta.    
 
Grant Park Clinic $120,000
Provide prenatal care and primary care services for low income families in metropolitan Atlanta.    
 
Hayslett Group, LLC $398,000
Implement a statewide trauma awareness campaign that will heighten awareness of Georgians of the need to establish a statewide trauma care leadership network.    
 
New York Regional Association of Grantmakers, Inc. $10,000
Diversity in Philanthropy Project to increase field and institutional effectiveness, impact and relevance through a three-part diversity promotion strategy.    
 
Porter Novelli $6,000
Conduct communications training for grantees attending the Connections 2008 conference.    
 
South DeKalb Center for Healthy Living, Inc. $60,000
Provide primary health care services to underserved individuals in South DeKalb County.    
 
TechBridge, Inc. $50,400
Grant augmentation to support participant online registration fees for HealthTecdl programs.    
 
The Carter Center, Inc. $10,000
Support for Twenty-Fourth Annual Rosalynn Carter Symposium on Mental Health Policy entitled 'Unclaimed Children Revisited: Fostering a Climate to Improve Children's Mental Health.' The symposium will take place November 2008 in Atlanta, GA.    
 
Word One $13,600
Support to design and publish a nonprofit technical assistance tool on volunteerism.    
 

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.