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Toni Almasy
Avatar Communications, Inc.

Healthcare Georgia Foundation Announces 27 Grants Totaling More Than $2 Million

Statewide support for Georgia’s health safety net remains critical as health care landscape changes

Atlanta, GA – May 10, 2011 - Healthcare Georgia Foundation today announced $2,003,800 in grant awards to 27 nonprofit health organizations that are serving the critical role of health care safety net providers for Georgia’s underserved individuals and communities. With increasingly more Georgians reporting difficulties accessing care, experiencing poor care coordination, and struggling with the financial burden of care, the Foundation has expanded its support to free and charitable clinics and community health centers as the home for patient-centered and integrated care.

According to Dr. Gary Nelson, president, Healthcare Georgia Foundation, “It is increasingly evident that the safety net is a vital part of any community’s effective effort to manage the structure, delivery and financing of health care services for underserved populations.” With dwindling resources, workforce shortages, escalating costs, and growing numbers of Georgians without health insurance, the Foundation has invested in 27 organizations to expand primary health care with attention to expanding services, building capacity, and achieving improved health outcomes. While the stage for discussions of who has access to care, the quality of care, and who is going to pay for it is happening at the state level, “we also know that the depth and breadth of issues affecting the health of individuals and families should also be happening at the community level,” said Nelson.

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The grant awards are as follows:

Center for Black Women's Wellness, Inc. $40,000
Support to provide primary care and chronic disease management services to individuals throughout metropolitan Atlanta.    
Children's Healthcare of Atlanta-Hughes Spalding $140,000
Support to implement the Comprehensive Asthma Management Program, which provides an integrated approach to managing asthma.    
Coastal Medical Access Project $40,000
Support to expand primary care services and to strengthen organizational capacity.    
Community Advanced Practice Nurses, Inc. $40,000
Support to partially fund a lead clinic coordinator and to purchase software to manage its expanded clinic workforce.    
Council on Foundations $12,900
Support of annual membership.    
First Choice Primary Care, Inc. $150,000
Support to implement an integrated primary health care and behavioral health care program for high risk underserved youth in Macon.    
Free Clinic of Rome Georgia Inc $39,000
Support to expand primary care and preventive services to uninsured residents in Chattooga, Floyd and Polk counties.    
Georgia Association for Primary Health Care, Inc. $140,000
Support to improve asthma management among children and adolescents by implementing the Learning Model, Chronic Care Model and Performance Improvement Model in four federally qualified health centers in Georgia.    
Georgia Free Clinic Network Inc. $100,000
Support to provide technical assistance and capacity building to free and charitable clinics throughout the state.    
Georgia State University Research Foundation $127,000
Support to continue an asthma management program in the Neighborhood Planning Unit V community, with a focus on training and health care navigation for children and their parents and/or caregivers.    
Good News Clinics $37,000
Support to expand its Wellness Initiative Project to increase patient knowledge of lifestyle choices that affect health status.    
Good Samaritan Health Center of Cobb $40,000
Support to implement a Quality Assurance Program to provide quality health care to uninsured patients.    
Good Shepherd Clinic Inc $39,000
Support to expand primary care services to uninsured residents in Clayton County.    
Grantmakers In Health $4,000
Support for annual membership for 2011.    
Group Health Research Institute - Center for Community Health and Evaluation $275,000
Support for Phase II and the completion of the design and implementation of an Evaluation Resource Center (ERC) serving nonprofit health organizations throughout Georgia.    
Kingdom Care, Inc. $30,000
Support to expand access to primary care to uninsured and underinsured residents of five southeast Georgia counties.    
Lowndes County Board of Health $150,000
Support to continue a childhood asthma management program through Children's Medical Services.    
Lowndes County Partnership for Health $35,000
Support to hire a patient services coordinator and for costs associated with maintaining the clinic's conversion to electronic medical records.    
McIntosh Trail Community Service Board $149,000
Support to integrate primary health care and behavioral health care services for children and adolescents in Butts County.    
Mercy Health Center, Inc. $40,000
Support to increase the number of patients served and to expand preventive and wellness services to manage chronic diseases.    
Mercy Medical Clinic And Foundation Inc $30,000
Support on behalf of the Mercy Medical Clinic (MMC) to expand the capacity of the clinic to serve as a medical home to an increasing number of patients in Toombs and surrounding counties.    
MissionWise $9,000
Develop a grantee publication on Earned Income.    
Sister Song $15,000
Support for a model training program for 25 service providers including four day long educational sessions designed to build program capacity and partnerships that effectively reduce interpersonal violence among women.    
SWAH Empowerment, Inc. $128,000
Support to continue to implement the Central Georgia Asthma Education Initiative, a community health education program targeting six counties in the North Central Health District.    
The Center for Pan Asian Community Services, Inc. $40,000
Support to increase access and quality of services to Asian and Pacific Islanders in five counties in metropolitan Atlanta.    
The Schapiro Group, Inc. $3,900
Support to conduct a public opinion poll assessing the perception of Georgia voters with respect to income tax, grocery tax, tobacco tax, legislation and support for health reform law    
Union Mission, Inc. $150,000
Support to expand its integrated health care program to high risk children and adolescents.    

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: