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Gary D. Nelson, Ph.D. Appointed President of Healthcare Georgia Foundation


  Toni Almasy
Avatar Communications, Inc.

Atlanta, Georgia – July 24, 2002 – Healthcare Georgia Foundation today announced the appointment of Gary D. Nelson, Ph.D., President of the Foundation. As President, Gary is responsible for implementing Board decisions and policies and for executive management of the Foundation’s program, financial and management operations.


Dr. Nelson comes to the Foundation having previously served as a Program Director at The California Wellness Foundation (TCWF) responsible for managing the Health Improvement Initiative and a new Healthy Aging grantmaking priority area. “I can think of no greater professional opportunity then to have the responsibility and privilege of stewardship for public funds, especially those committed to improving the health of all Georgians, in particular underserved individuals and communities,” said Nelson.

Previously, Gary was employed at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), where he managed several nationally significant evaluation projects and served as an Associate Director for Evaluation, Division of Cancer Prevention and Control. He also currently serves as a member of the National Board of Directors for Grantmakers in Aging and Grantmakers for Children, Youth and Families.

“Healthcare Georgia Foundation recognizes the delicate balance between the health of each of us and the health of all of us. As a philanthropic organization, we are committed through grantmaking excellence to advancing individual and population-based health improvements,” added Nelson. 

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: