Healthcare Georgia Foundation Concludes Statewide Listening Tour
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Atlanta, Georgia – July 24, 2002 – Healthcare Georgia Foundation today announced the conclusion of its’ first- ever statewide Listening Tour. The overall vision of The Listening Tour was to foster open communication between the community and the Foundation, and to solicit statewide input on perceived opportunities to advance the health of all Georgians. In addition, the health information collected from Georgia residents and organizations will be used to inform the Foundation’s grantmaking process.
“The pulse and temperature of any community as it relates to health issues can be readily measured through dialogue that seeks common understanding and solutions,” said Healthcare Georgia Foundation President, Gary Nelson. “The Listening Tour gave us invaluable insight to the real health challenges that Georgians face everyday and we will use this information in our grantmaking to better serve communities throughout Georgia.”
In its’ first community outreach initiative, the Foundation held ten sessions, visiting nine regions throughout Georgia. Sites visited included: Albany, Atlanta, Augusta, Columbus, Dalton, Gainesville, Macon, Savannah and Waycross. Each session consisted of facilitated discussions with professionals working in healthcare, public health, government, social services and the nonprofit sector.
“The success of our grantmaking is dependent upon ongoing efforts that give a voice to health consumers, healthcare providers and the broader Georgia nonprofit community,” said Dr. Nelson. “The Listening tour is but one example of the type of partnership we will undertake with the public and private nonprofit sector to improve access to affordable, high quality healthcare for underserved individuals and communities.”
The Foundation will publish the results of The Listening Tour both on the web at www.healthcaregeorgia.org and in print later this year.
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.