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Martha Katz Accepts Appointment with Healthcare Georgia Foundation

  Toni Almasy
Avatar Communications, Inc.

                            Former Deputy Director of Policy and Legislation for the Centers for Disease                                Control and Prevention to Direct the Foundation’s Health Policy Programs

ATLANTA, GA, March 6, 2003 – Healthcare Georgia Foundation today announced the appointment of Martha Katz as the Foundation’s Director of Health Policy. As the Foundation’s liaison, Martha will work closely with grantees, elected officials, industry associations as well as public and private organizations to help raise the level of awareness regarding health issues in Georgia. In addition, Martha will support the development and presentation of nonpartisan policy research and monitor relevant legislation.

“I am very pleased to welcome Martha to Healthcare Georgia Foundation,” said Dr. Gary Nelson, President of the Foundation. “As a highly-regarded expert in the field of health policy, Martha will be instrumental in helping the Foundation fulfill its commitment to advancing the health of all Georgians by expanding access to affordable, quality healthcare for underserved individuals and communities.”

Martha began her career in public health working in the Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, where she was responsible for developing the first Healthy People report, published in 1980.

Prior to joining the Foundation, Martha served as the Deputy Director for Policy and Legislation at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Ms. Katz was a member of the agency’s senior executive management team overseeing the CDC’s 8,000 employees and $7.5 billion annual budget. In addition to advising the CDC’s director on complex policy and legislative aspects of the agency’s public health activities, Ms. Katz’s specific responsibilities included leading and coordinating the CDC’s legislative initiatives, health communications programs and relationships with external partners.

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: