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For Immediate Release


Toni Almasy
Avatar Communications, Inc.

Healthcare Georgia Foundation Announces 2004 Grant Awards

Over $585,000 in Grants Awarded to Promote Better Health and Health Care Throughout Georgia

Atlanta, GA – May 18, 2004 - Healthcare Georgia Foundation today announced the outcome of its most recent round of grantmaking, awarding over $585,000 to 10 health organizations throughout Georgia.

“These grant awards reflect our ongoing commitment to promoting organizations that drive positive change in Georgia,” according to Dr. Gary D. Nelson, president of Healthcare Georgia Foundation. “We look forward to the important work that these grants represent and the impact they will have on the direction of health and health care in Georgia.”

Healthcare Georgia Foundation’s most recent grant recipients include:

Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia $10,000
Support to establish the Certificate in Health Care Management Program through Georgia LEADS (Lifelong Education and Economic Development Services) addressing shortages in health professional management training.    
Center for Black Women’s Wellness, Inc. $80,000
Support to continue and evaluate its wellness program providing key health screenings, health promotion activities, targeted outreach, and services coordination/referral to underserved African American women in Atlanta.    
Emory University – Rollins School of Public Health $130,000
Support for an independent analyses of health expenditures in Georgia and three different universal health coverage options for Georgia.    
Emory University – School of Public Health $10,000
Support to invite Dr. Ichiro Kawachi, a Professor of Social Epidemiology at the Harvard School of Public Health, to lecture during the 2004 spring semester.    
Georgia Department of Human Resources/Georgia Division of Public Health $85,000
Support for the 2004/2005 Georgia student health surveys to be conducted jointly by the Georgia Department of Human Resources and the Department of Education.    
Goodwin Community Health Center, Inc. $75,000
Support for a community health center serving the underinsured in Camden, Glynn and McIntosh counties to increase volunteer recruitment and training and deliver sustainable primary health care, pharmaceutical, and chronic disease management services.    
Macon Volunteer Clinic, Inc. $160,000
Support to provide primary health care services for working, uninsured Bibb County residents and to implement a comprehensive cancer screening program for those at high-risk of colorectal cancer.    
National Foundation for the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention, Inc. $5,500
Support to establish the Gene Matthews Public Health Law Lecture given at the annual Public Health Law conference in Atlanta, Georgia.    
Professional Resources International, Inc. (PRI) $9,500
Support to host a series of convenings between Ukraine health officials and Georgia-based health providers to address nursing shortages in the U.S. healthcare system to be held in May 2004.    
Southeastern Council of Foundations $7,500
Support for its 35th Annual Meeting to be held November 10-12, 2004.    
Wellsys Corporation $89,500
Support for a state level evaluation of the impact of volunteers on the delivery of services by nonprofit health organizations, clients served by those organizations and the nonprofit sector that relies 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: