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Healthcare Georgia Foundation Announces More than $1.7 Million in Grant Awards


  Toni Almasy
Avatar Communications, Inc.

                            Foundation announces its largest single grant award to the Satcher
                      Health Leadership Institute;  related efforts to address statewide health disparities

Atlanta, Georgia – May 29, 2008, Healthcare Georgia Foundation announced its largest single grant to date, awarding $580,000 to the Satcher Health Leadership Institute. The award reflects the Foundation’s intensified efforts to address inequities in health and health care throughout Georgia.

Dr. Gary Nelson, Healthcare Georgia Foundation president, recognized the Satcher Health Leadership Institute and Dr. David Satcher (former U.S. Surgeon General) for their commitment to promoting greater health equity through leadership development, strategic research, policy leadership, and health care practice. According to Nelson, “The emergence of the Satcher Health Leadership Institute will enable Georgians and the nation to benefit from a revered thought leader and institution committed to guiding community efforts to combat inequalities in health status.”

In April 2008, the Foundation awarded grants to 11 organizations totaling $1,745,000. The funds represent increased financial and technical assistance to address health disparities, strengthen Georgia’s health safety net providers, and support advocacy efforts to improve access to health care for underserved populations. As part of this grantmaking, a $200,000 award was made to the 100 Black Men of America and its 16 Georgia chapters. The grant provides for the launch of a unique, community-based health disparity reduction campaign that builds on the highly proclaimed documentary: Unnatural Causes: Is Inequality Making Us Sick? (recently funded by the Foundation and featured on Georgia Public Television).  

“The vision and leadership of the Foundation’s board of directors is strongly represented by these grant awards —  without equal access to health care, unequal health outcomes will threaten the quality of life of each and every Georgian,” said Nelson.


100 Black Men of America
Support a statewide health disparity public education campaign designed and delivered in conjunction with the Georgia Public Broadcast of Unnatural Causes: Is Inequality Making Us Sick?


Diversity Health Center 
Develop a Community Health Center and provide primary care and preventive services to medically underserved families in Liberty County.


Family Connection Partnership, Inc.
Support developing a compendium of current programs and data in Georgia focused on low birth weight.


Georgia Budget and Policy Institute, Inc. $35,000
Prepare a Georgia-specific analysis of the economic return on investment from community-level public health interventions and to conduct a poll to assess public attitudes regarding prevention and public health.


Georgia Free Clinic Network Inc.
Implement a technical assistance program for free clinics in Georgia.


Health Students Taking Action Together


General operating support to develop a sustainability plan, marketing materials, and a volunteer database tracking system.


Hispanic Health Coalition of Georgia, Inc.
Support to develop an action plan to improve access to health care for Latinos in Georgia.


Morehouse School of Medicine, Inc.
Support to establish the Satcher Health Leadership Institute (SHLI) to address health disparities and health workforce shortages in Georgia.


University of Georgia Research Foundation, Inc. (College of Public Health)
Conduct economic evaluations of free clinics in Georgia and disseminate the findings to policymakers.


University of Georgia Research Foundation, Inc. (The Survey Research Center)
Conduct and analyze public opinion polls to assess public attitudes toward policies designed to improve health and expand access to health care in Georgia.


YWCA of Greater Atlanta
Implement and evaluate the ENCORE Plus program in DeKalb and Fulton counties.


Total $1,745,500  









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: