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For Immediate Release


Toni Almasy
Avatar Communications, Inc.

Healthcare Georgia Foundation Awards $946,500 to Thirteen Organizations

Grant awards feature support of unique approach utilizing Morehouse School of Medicine alumni to engage future health professionals

Atlanta, GA – October 08, 2014 - Healthcare Georgia Foundation today announced thirteen grant awards totaling $946,500, that reflect: 1) the promising second year of work of seven organizations addressing policy and environmental determinants of childhood obesity; 2) a statewide poll on healthcare access, cost and quality — ACA one year later; and 3) an innovative approach adopted by the Morehouse School of Medicine to recruit students into health professions and promote diversity in the healthcare workforce through engagement of alumni. 

In the Foundation’s ongoing role as a catalyst for better health and healthcare, the quarterly awards featured a follow-up poll supporting a statewide survey on Georgia residents’ experiences with healthcare access, cost and quality. “Our state is at a critical juncture when it comes to how we collectively move forward with improving the health and healthcare of our citizens. This poll, the third in a series on this topic, will give us all an even clearer picture about how the Affordable Care Act is impacting Georgians, and what opportunities have yet to be explored,” said Healthcare Georgia Foundation President, Gary D. Nelson, PhD. 

Continued Nelson, “In November, Georgia voters will play a large role in determining for future generations what our state can expect in terms of the delivery and financing of health services. It is our hope that every voter and concerned citizen will take the opportunity to learn more about the leadership values and principles that will guide Georgia’s newest U.S. Senator’s approach to a healthier Georgia.” Healthcare Georgia Foundation’s nonpartisan Election Guide 2014: Georgia’s Nominees for Senate Address Our State’s Most Critical Health Challenges is available for download here.   

Blue Ridge Area Health Education Center $3,000
Support for a statewide mini-summit for nurse practitioners, physician assistants, and physician primary care educators.    
Cobb Health Futures Foundation $100,000
Support to partner with the Cobb 2020 Coalition to implement local policies addressing childhood obesity.    
Community Catalyst, Inc. $5,000
Support for the Southern Health Partners meeting in Atlanta on June 25-27, 2014.    
Cook County Family Connection $100,000
Support to develop and implement local obesity related policies and increase community residents’ knowledge about and awareness of healthy eating and active lifestyles.    
Family Health International 360 $52,000
Support to provide social marketing and communication training, and technical assistance to the Childhood Obesity Prevention Program grantees.    
Georgia Charitable Care Network $3,500
Support for the GCCN Board Training    
Georgia College & State University Foundation $100,000
Support on behalf of the Center for Health & Social Issues to partner with the Live Healthy Baldwin Coalition to create local policies and environmental changes designed to enable residents to make choosing a healthy lifestyle an easy and safe option in Baldwin County.    
Georgia State University Research Foundation $3,000
Support to produce a publication focused on building evaluation capacity within nonprofit organizations.    
Georgia State University Research Foundation $125,000
Support to provide technical assistance for implementing policy strategies associated with the Foundation’s Childhood Obesity Prevention Program grantees.    
ICF Macro, Inc. $200,000
Support for Year Two of the Foundation’s Childhood Obesity Prevention Program.    
Morehouse School of Medicine $125,000
Support for the launch of its Alumni Learning Community, a vehicle for sustainable alumni engagement, recruitment and retention of students into health professions, increased workforce diversity and promotion of health literacy in underserved communities.    
The Schapiro Group, Inc. $30,000
Support to develop, conduct, analyze, and share results from a statewide, scientific survey collecting follow-up data on Georgia residents’ perceptions of and experiences with health care access, cost, and quality.    
YMCA of Coastal Georgia, Inc. $100,000
Support to conduct a health promotion and community awareness campaign to support the adoption of local complete streets policies to facilitate construction of the Truman Linear Park Non-Motorized Trail in Savannah.    

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: