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Healthcare Georgia Foundation Awards $294,450 in Grants to Thirteen Organizations

Grants feature annual health equities and health disparities lectureship established at Georgia State University’s School of Public Health

Atlanta, GA – July 18, 2013 - Healthcare Georgia Foundation is pleased to announce its second quarter grant awards to nonprofit health organizations and programs throughout Georgia. The grants include the establishment of an annual lectureship at the Georgia State University (GSU) School of Public Health, focusing on health equity and health disparities. The GSU School of Public Health and its Center of Excellence on Health Disparities is the ideal home for the lectureship series as it uses cross cutting knowledge and interdisciplinary collaboration to address environmental, psychological and social determinants of health. In 2013, the School hosted, with participation from Healthcare Georgia Foundation, its first Urban Health Disparities Summit, featuring nationally recognized experts and thought leaders addressing program and policy issues in health disparities/health equity research. 

“Healthcare Georgia Foundation has awarded more than $8.2 million to nonprofit health organizations as part of our commitment to addressing health disparities. This grant award however, is special in that the lectureship series has been created to honor the careers of Marshall Kreuter, PhD and Martha Katz, MPA —each of whom are recognized for their national, state, and local contributions to better health and healthcare for underserved individuals and communities,” said Foundation President Dr. Gary D. Nelson. “At the intersection of issues of social justice, effective health policy, and evidence-based programs that improve the health of Georgians, one will find the inspirational leadership of Kreuter and Katz.”

Continued Nelson, “The health of Georgians is influenced not only by each individual’s knowledge of health risks, by access to and quality of health care they receive, and by their own personal health behavior, but also by where they live, the jobs they hold and the income they receive. Achieving the highest level of health for all Georgians through the elimination of health inequities should be the priority of all stakeholders in Georgia, and it is our intention that this lecture series will help further that goal.”

Avatar Communications, Inc. $54,000
Support the marketing and communication efforts of HealthTecdl programming for Healthcare Georgia Foundation’s Distance Learning program.    
 
Emory University $2,000
Support to augment grant #1653 to Emory to provide evaluation technical assistance to a fifth grantee of the Promising Approaches to Improved Infant Health and participate in and present findings at an in-person convening.    
 
Foothills Area Health Education Center (AHEC) $12,000
Augmentation support for participation in HealthTecdl, including the production of four distance learning programs designed to strengthen Georgia’s health care workforce and to sustain internal distance learning capabilities.    
 
Georgia Department of Public Health $3,800
Support in the form of training materials for 150 public health employees to engage in management training associated with "Good to Great and Great by Choice."    
 
Georgia Public Health Association $3,000
Support for Board of Public Health training on accreditation.    
 
Georgia State University Foundation $60,000
Support to create and host an academic lecture series focusing on health equity and health disparities.    
 
Grantmakers for Effective Organizations $3,050
Support as a 2013 Funding Partner at a level commensurate with Foundation assets.    
 
Magnolia Coastlands Area Health Education Center (AHEC) $12,000
Support for participation in HealthTecdl, including the production of three distance learning programs designed to strengthen Georgia’s health care workforce and to sustain its internal distance learning capabilities.    
 
Porter Novelli $5,300
Support for a Foundation commissioned paper addressing key issues in Georgia's implementation of the Affordability Care Act and how these issues are most effectively presented to health plans, hospitals, provider groups, safety net, and the business community.    
 
Southwest Georgia Area Health Education Center, Inc. (SOWEGA-AHEC) $12,000
Support for participation in HealthTecdl including the production of three distance learning programs designed to strengthen Georgia’s health care workforce and to sustain its internal distance learning capabilities.    
 
Southwest Georgia Area Health Education Center, Inc. (SOWEGA-AHEC) $4,300
Support for a Foundation commissioned event for the Southwest region of Georgia.    
 
TechBridge, Inc. $65,000
Support the technology implementation, network management, network maintenance, program support and training efforts for the use of Healthcare Georgia Foundation’s Distance Learning program, HealthTecdl.    
 
The Schapiro Group, Inc. $58,000
Support for conducting two scientific telephone surveys to collect data on Georgia residents’ perceptions of and experiences with healthcare.    
 

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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