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For Immediate Release


Andrea Berry
Communications Manager

Healthcare Georgia Foundation launches multi-year funding investment to improve health and healthcare access for rural Georgians

The Two Georgias Initiative will support local partnerships developing long-term plans to improve health and expand access to quality healthcare

Atlanta, GA – January 09, 2017 - Healthcare Georgia Foundation has announced a funding opportunity to support the statewide establishment of rural Community Health Partnerships seeking to achieve improve health equity and improve healthcare in rural Georgia.  The Two Georgias Initiative is the Foundation’s place-based grantmaking program designed to eliminate health disparities and achieve greater health equity among the state’s rural Georgians.

The multi-year Initiative will support rural Georgia communities represented by Community Health Partnerships implementing Community Health Improvement Plans. It is the Foundation’s most comprehensive investment in Georgia communities to date.  Initiative applicants may apply for up to $70,000 for a grant period of 12 months to develop a Community Health Improvement Plan during Phase I of The Two Georgias Initiative. In Phase II, as many as 20 rural Georgia communities will receive increased funding over a three-year period.

“Achieving measureable and sustainable improvements in health equity is essential if we are to reverse the trend of an older, sicker, and poorer rural Georgia,” said Gary Nelson, PhD, Foundation president.

The Foundation introduced The Two Georgias Initiative at five regional community forums in Georgia in October 2016. At that time, community coaching and grantwriting resources were introduced to help local partnerships be as successful as possible in preparing their applications. The deadline to submit an online application for this Initiative is March 31, 2017 by 3 pm.  Interested applicants are encouraged to participate in a Pre-Application Webinar for more information about the Initiative and the application process on March 17, 2017 at 10 am.


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: