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For Immediate Release


Toni Almasy
Avatar Communications, Inc.

Healthcare Georgia Foundation Announces 30 Grants to Organizations and Programs Totaling More Than $1.17M

2012 Awards feature Foundation’s new grantmaking strategy and emerging focus in 2013 on access, cost, and quality

Atlanta, GA – February 21, 2013 - Healthcare Georgia Foundation today announced $1,177,950 in grant awards to 30 organizations and programs promoting better health and healthcare for Georgians. These December 2012 awards reflect the Foundation’s continuing efforts to better align resources across its priority areas and streamline its grantmaking process through cycle-based funding and improved evaluation. The inaugural Cycle 2 grants in support of direct health services were awarded to 14 Georgia-based health nonprofits, totaling $639,000.

The Foundation completed 2012 grantmaking that included funding for core operating support (Cycle1), direct health service support (Cycle 2), and focused investments on infant mortality, public health, and school-based health centers. “We are pleased with our decision to further strengthen the health safety net, sharpen the focus of our grantmaking on achievement of measureable health outcomes with the assistance of our Evaluation Resource Center (ERC), enhance the quality of Georgia’s public health system, and contribute to Georgia’s engagement in health policy development,” said Gary D. Nelson, president. “Our philanthropic efforts will now be challenged to address the emerging issues of access, cost, and quality, as Georgia determines its direction in health reform.”

The grant awards are as follows:

Avatar Communications, Inc. $10,000
Support to initiate planning for Connections 2014, Healthcare Georgia Foundation’s conference for grantees and partner organizations.    
Center on Budget and Policy Priorities $5,000
The Center On Budget and Policy Priorities requests support to present an analysis of Medicaid Expansion to Georgia’s healthcare community on September 20, 2012.    
Community Evaluation Solutions, Inc. $115,000
Support for a two-phase evaluation of the Healthcare Georgia Foundation Capacity Building Program.    
East Central Health District $80,000
Support for the development of programs and services designed to increase access to risk appropriate prenatal care, preventative care, case managers, and home visitation.    
Georgia Center for Oncology Research and Education (GA-CORE) $7,500
Support for the "Best and Promising Practices in Quality Cancer Care" scheduled for November 27, 2012 at the Georgia Tech Global Learning Center in Atlanta.    
Georgia Coalition Against Domestic Violence $48,000
Support to provide training to the Public Health District health care providers and domestic violence shelters in Southwest Georgia.    
Georgia Legal Services Program, Inc. $48,000
Support to continue and expand its existing Health Benefits Hotline to serve rural low-income residents in 34 southeast Georgia counties.    
Georgia Lions Lighthouse Foundation $3,500
Support for the expansion of vision/hearing clinics in Athens, Newnan, and Marietta, Georgia.    
Good News Clinics $50,000
Support for an enhanced adult diabetes education program including the provision of bilingual nutrition classes by a licensed dietician.    
Good Samaritan Health Center of Cobb $46,000
Support to enhance the quality of primary health care services for patients at its clinic.    
Good Samaritan Health Center of Gwinnett $48,000
Support to achieve National Committee for Quality Assurance recognition as a patient-centered medical home.    
Grants Managers Network $2,650
Support for membership and the 2013 Annual Conference (Waves of Change Oceans of Opportunity) to be held March 18-20, 2012 in St. Petersburg, Florida.    
HealthMPowers $31,000
Support to adapt and expand its comprehensive school health intervention program through the use of distance learning technology to provide training for school teachers and staff to improve healthy social and physical environments.    
Hope Health Clinic of Spalding County $42,000
Support to assist with implementing quality health care improvement processes.    
Kingdom Care, Inc. $40,000
Support for the expansion of existing direct health care services for low-income, uninsured and underinsured residents of Brantley, Charlton, Clinch, Piece and Ware counties.    
Medbank Foundation, Inc. $48,000
Support to expand its on-site clinical and pharmaceutical model into Effingham and Liberty counties.    
Memorial Health University Medical Center, Inc. $48,000
Support to enhance its Memorial Emergency Department Community Resource Program.    
North Central Health District $80,000
Support for the enhancement of existing maternal and infant care programs focusing on breastfeeding, safe sleep practices, and prevention of unintentional injuries among high risk underserved populations.    
Northwest Georgia Healthcare Partnership, Inc. $48,000
Support to implement a Community Health Worker-Promotoras de Salud program in Whitfield and Murray counties.    
Pediatric Foundation of Georgia $50,000
Support for provider education efforts targeting reductions in vaccine preventable disease, infant mortality, and the promotion of breast feeding among high risk underserved populations in Georgia.    
Porter Novelli $82,000
Support for a marketing campaign on infant mortality.    
Porter Novelli $9,300
Support for the 2012 Public Health Law Conference: Practical Approaches to Critical Challenges to be held October 10-12, 2012 in Atlanta, Georgia.    
Positive Impact, Inc. $48,000
Support to expand its HIV counseling, testing and linkage services to high risk men.    
Public Health Law Center $5,000
Support for the 2012 Public Health Law Conference: Practical Approaches to Critical Challenges to be held October 10-12, 2012 in Atlanta, GA    
Saint Joseph's Mercy Care Services, Inc. $48,000
Support to implement a health promotion program designed to facilitate early detection and treatment of diabetes at its Atlanta clinic.    
Tanner Medical Center, Inc. $46,000
Support to provide comprehensive diabetes health education to its inpatients, targeting vulnerable populations experiencing health disparities.    
TechBridge, Inc. $19,000
Support for the design, development and deployment of an online interactive Information Technology (IT) assessment tool that will provide online technology planning resources and assessments for health nonprofits.    
The Schapiro Group, Inc. $5,000
Support to develop a publication/tool designed to help nonprofit health organizations effectively utilize public opinion research.    
United Way of the Coastal Empire, Inc. $60,000
Support for an on-line, web-based, customizable information system to conduct community needs assessments and improve community health.    
University of Georgia Research Foundation, Inc. $5,000
Support to develop content for a publication on Storytelling for Evaluation.    

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: