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For Immediate Release


Toni Almasy
Avatar Communications, Inc.

Healthcare Georgia Foundation Announces More than $1.7 Million in Grant Awards

Foundation responds to economic challenges through strategic grantmaking and operational efficiencies

Atlanta, GA – January 08, 2009 - Healthcare Georgia Foundation concluded its seventh year of grantmaking in December 2008 by awarding more than $1.7 million to organizations dedicated to serving as the health safety net for underserved populations, improving the quality of health care delivery among rural providers, and advocating on behalf of all Georgians for better health and health care.

“During these challenging economic times, Healthcare Georgia Foundation has sought to bolster the ability of Georgia’s health safety net providers: community health centers, public health departments, hospital emergency rooms, pharmaceutical assistance programs and free clinics, to not only survive, but thrive,” said Gary D. Nelson, president, Healthcare Georgia Foundation.

The Foundation has elected to increase the amount of funding directed to the state’s rising numbers of uninsured residents. “By choosing to invest in new organizations such as Georgians for a Healthy Future to advocate for better health and health care in our state, we can help ensure that all Georgians have a voice in the public policy process,” continued Nelson. In the meantime, the Foundation continues to pursue efforts that not only improve access to affordable health care, but also support critical work of organizations such as the Georgia Hospital Association and its focus on quality of care. 

“Healthcare Georgia Foundation’s Board of Directors understands the consequences of this economic environment and has taken steps to maximize our charitable work while controlling our own operational spending and administrative costs,” added Nelson.

The grant awards are as follows:

Avatar Communications, Inc. $75,000
Plan, manage and execute the Joseph D. Greene Community Service Award program featured during Connections 2010 - Healthcare Georgia Foundation's fourth grantee and partner conference.    
Chatham County Board of Health - Chatham County Safety Net Planning Council, Inc. $200,000
Support the development of a coordinated, seamless communitywide system to provide primary care providers and their respective uninsured patients in Chatham County access to specialty medical care.    
Community Health Mission, Inc. $50,000
Expand access to health care for individuals in Chatham County and surrounding counties.    
Emory Global Health Institute $250,000
Provide support for Emory Travel and Tropical Medicine Clinic to implement a comprehensive infectious disease treatment program for immigrant and refugee communities in metropolitan Atlanta.    
FCS Urban Ministries Inc. $8,000
Conduct the third survey of Healthcare Georgia Foundation applicants and grantees to provide feedback about the Foundation, its process, procedures and impact.    
Fragile Kids Foundation $50,000
Provide support to expand program services to Albany, Augusta, Columbus, Macon, Rome and Savannah.    
Georgia Hospital Association Research and Education Foundation $100,000
Provide support to implement a quality improvement program in 16 hospitals across Georgia.    
Georgians for a Healthy Future $250,000
Establish a consumer health advocacy organization and build support for policies that will lead to better health and health care for all Georgians.    
Girls Incorporated of Greater Atlanta $35,000
Implement capacity building activities to sustain provision of teen pregnancy prevention programs in Metropolitan Atlanta.    
Global Evaluation & Applied Research Solutions, Inc. GEARS $202,000
Plan, manage and execute Connections 2010 - Healthcare Georgia Foundation's fourth grantee and partner conference.    
Global Evaluation & Applied Research Solutions, Inc. GEARS $187,000
Implement and report findings of Healthcare Georgia Foundation's fourth Listening Tour, Community Voices for Change.    
Good Samaritan Clinic $100,000
Expand primary care services at the Good Samaritan Clinic for residents living in the West Chatham area of Savannah.    
Kingdom Care, Inc. $100,000
Establish a free clinic to expand primary care and dental services to low-income, uninsured and underinsured residents of Brantley, Charlton, Clinch, Pierce and Ware counties.    
North Georgia College & State University $100,000
Expand health services for the Appalachian Nurse Practitioner Clinic and to purchase an electronic health record system.    
Southeast Health District $24,000
Conduct a cost-benefit analysis of the Perinatal Health Partners program.    

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: