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Health Services Delivery, Infant Mortality, and Georgia’s Emerging Rural Healthcare Crisis Underscored in Fourth Quarter Grantmaking

Grants feature $1,484,500 in awards to twenty organizations; heavy emphasis on evidence-based approaches and outcomes

Atlanta, GA – December 22, 2015 - Healthcare Georgia Foundation today announced its fourth quarter grant awards, which reflect the Foundation’s statewide commitment to supporting the delivery of essential health services among high performing health nonprofits. These nonprofits continue to demonstrate the overwhelming need to assist Georgians, and especially the underserved, with access to high quality affordable health services. In response to the state’s infant mortality rates, the Foundation awarded grant funding to three evidence-based approaches, (Taking Care of You Initiative) which target adverse birth outcomes in Valdosta, Clayton County, and Albany, Georgia.

With continued closure of hospitals and the emerging healthcare crisis in rural Georgia, the Foundation’s Two Georgias Initiative has awarded funding to study the rising disparities in health status and healthcare between urban and rural communities in Georgia, which will serve to inform future grants supporting innovative approaches in rural communities.

According to Foundation President Gary D. Nelson, “After 14 years of strategic grantmaking totaling more than $58 million, I am very pleased with our efforts to continuously identify and financially support high performing health nonprofits in Georgia including organizations who have no prior experience with the Foundation.”

Below are the most recent grant awards:

American College of Rheumatology $50,000
Support to expand its lupus awareness campaign to communities and providers in Southwest Georgia.    
 
Boat People SOS-Atlanta $50,000
Support to reduce chronic diseases such as diabetes and cardiovascular diseases among underserved Asian Americans.    
 
Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Atlanta, Inc. $50,000
Support to implement a mental health counseling program for Hispanic/Latino clients.    
 
Chatham County Safety Net Planning Council Inc. $50,000
Support to implement the Campaign for Healthy Kids and Families to enroll children in Georgia’s public health insurance programs.    
 
Clayton County Board of Health $150,000
Support to participate in Year Three of the Foundation’s grantmaking initiative, Taking Care of You – Evidence-Based Approaches to Reducing Adverse Birth Outcomes.    
 
Emory University $150,000
Support for the provision of technical assistance and external evaluation for Years 3 and 4 of Taking Care of You – Evidence-Based Approaches to Reducing Adverse Birth Outcomes in Georgia.    
 
Georgia Health News $50,000
Support to deliver critical information on public health and health care in Georgia to consumers and policymakers statewide through journalism and other online communications.    
 
Georgia Watch $75,000
Support to establish an Intersectoral Community Health Improvement Collaborative (Collaborative) to develop a series of workshops to educate a cross section of stakeholders representing rural communities on the current health care landscape in Georgia.    
 
Georgians for a Healthy Future $75,000
Support to develop an intersectoral coalition focused on addressing social determinants of health through policy and advocacy.    
 
Good News Clinics $50,000
Support to provide diagnostic imaging services and specialty treatment for mammograms and colonoscopies via the Health Access Program (HAP).    
 
Good Samaritan Health Center of Gwinnett $50,000
Support to provide intensive diabetes self-management services to high-risk uninsured patients in Gwinnett County.    
 
Grantmakers in Health $4,500
Support for Partner Membership renewal for Healthcare Georgia Foundation for the Period 2015 – 2016.    
 
Innovative Solutions for Disadvantage & Disability $50,000
Support to provide a medical home for homeless children in metropolitan Atlanta.    
 
Lowndes County Board of Health $150,000
Support to participate in Year Three of the Foundation’s grantmaking initiative, Taking Care of You – Evidence-Based Approaches to Reducing Adverse Birth Outcomes.    
 
Mathews & Maxwell, Inc. $75,000
Support for policy, advocacy and constituency building activities aligned with the Healthcare Georgia Foundation Two Georgias Initiative.    
 
Multi-Agency Alliance for Children $75,000
Support to partner with Voices for Georgia’s Children to develop a video consisting of eight vignettes to educate a cross section of stakeholders on health policy issues relevant to children, and to identify opportunities for partnerships to address issues.    
 
National Council for Behavioral Health $5,000
Support for the development and measurement of key performance indicators for CETPA professional staff representing clinical, administrative and prevention services.    
 
Porter Novelli $125,000
Support to participate in Year Three of the Foundation’s grantmaking initiative, 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.    
 
SisterLove, Inc. $50,000
Support to expand the Testing and Linkage to Care for All (TLC4ALL) program to include testing, counseling and access to medical and social services for high risk youth and LGBTQ youth living in Metropolitan Atlanta.    
 
Southwest Public Health District $150,000
Support to participate in Year Three of the Foundation’s grantmaking initiative, Taking Care of You – Evidence-Based Approaches to Reducing Adverse Birth Outcomes.    
 

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.

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