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For Immediate Release


Toni Almasy
Avatar Communications, Inc.

Healthcare Georgia Foundation Awards $943,000 in Grants

Strategic funding focuses on strengthening core business of Georgia health nonprofits

Atlanta, GA – May 30, 2013 - As part of its twelve-year effort to strengthen Georgia health nonprofits, Healthcare Georgia Foundation today announced $943,000 in grants to 22 organizations and programs. The statewide awards represent support to enhance organizational effectiveness and promote sustainability of programs and services. “Healthy organizations produce better outcomes for patients, clients, and consumers,” said Foundation President Gary D. Nelson. “We believe that this type of support can help identify key health issues in local communities, where these nonprofits have the opportunity to create healthier outcomes.”

The grant awards are as follows:

AID Gwinnett, Inc. $50,000
Support to improve clinic operations and to develop updated protocols for classifying disease codes.    
Avatar Communications, Inc. $275,000
Support to plan, execute and evaluate Connections 2014 and the 2014 Joseph D. Greene Community Service Awards Program.    
Bartow Health Access, Inc. $50,000
Support to develop a marketing and fundraising plan that will improve organizational sustainability.    
Center for Black Women's Wellness, Inc. $50,000
Support to execute an annual development plan and to conduct training for the board of directors.    
Center for the Visually Impaired, Inc. $3,500
Support for the execution of a succession plan resulting in the successful recruitment and placement of the President of the organization.    
Center for the Visually Impaired, Inc. $46,500
Support to implement the Low Vision Clinic outreach and development project to increase billing revenue and client referrals.    
Clayton Center Community Service Board (CSB) $50,000
Support to improve organizational effectiveness by implementing an Electronic Health Records (EHR) system and conducting an evaluation of EHR utilization.    
Cobb Health Futures Foundation $50,000
Support to implement a public health strategic communications initiative.    
Community Health Care Systems, Inc. $50,000
Support to develop an updated strategic plan and to create a new business plan for the clinic.    
Culture Connect, Inc. $41,000
Support to streamline its current accounts system through a technology upgrade that will allow the organization to increase its capacity to serve immigrants and refugees through medical interpretation.    
East Georgia Healthcare Center $50,000
Support to develop an incentive plan, revise its compliance plan and complete a practice redesign.    
Fayette CARE Clinic $50,000
Support to convert its current electronic medical records system.    
Georgia Center for Nonprofits, Inc. $5,000
Support for the participation in the evaluation of The Healthcare Georgia Foundation’s Capacity Building Project and the production and delivery of evaluation information.    
Georgia Health Sciences University Foundation, Inc. $50,000
Support to design, deliver and evaluate Healthy Perspectives, an online interactive cultural competency education training program.    
Georgia Partnership for TeleHealth (GPT) $25,000
Support to plan, design and evaluate six HealthTecdl webinar programs focused on telehealth education.    
Georgia Perinatal Association $39,000
Support for the acquisition of executive management services to carry out administrative operations, improve membership services, enhance sustainability and participate in the Foundation’s Promising Approaches to Improved Infant Health Demonstration Program.    
Georgia Public Health Association $15,000
Support for the 84th Annual Meeting - Journey Across Georgia: Leading the Way to Healthier Georgians.    
Georgia State University Research Foundation $8,000
Support to conduct an analysis of Medicaid Expansion in Georgia.    
Physicians' Care Clinic $12,500
Support to develop a fundraising plan and to update its website to increase its financial stability and enhance its communications with stakeholders.    
Southeastern Council of Foundations $7,500
Support for 2013 membership and the Conference on Investing.    
Theisen Consulting LLC $10,000
Support to engage in board development and recruitment on behalf of CEPTA, a nonprofit health organization providing health education, behavioral health services and youth drug prevention programs in Georgia    
Ware County Board of Health $5,000
Support to address a decline in immunization coverage for children ages 19-35 months through quality improvement processes.    

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: