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Healthcare Georgia Foundation Announces over $1.4 Million in Statewide Grants


  Toni Almasy
Avatar Communications, Inc.

                            Grants focus on acces to primary health care for uninsured
                                                      and underinsured Georgians

Atlanta, Georgia – August 16, 2006 – Healthcare Georgia Foundation today announced its most recent grantmaking, awarding $1,406,000 to 11 nonprofit health organizations and programs in Georgia. Among the many significant grants are three that support an innovative “multi-share plan,” where the costs of health care coverage are shared between employers, employees and specific communities."

"Currently, there are approximately 1.5 million uninsured Georgians, a distressing statistic that affects the working and unemployed alike,” said Gary Nelson, president of Healthcare Georgia Foundation. “By supporting a multi-share plan such as the one being implemented by Goodwin Community Health Center (Brunswick), Health Care Central Georgia (Macon) and Northwest Georgia Healthcare Partnership (Dalton), communities can be more effective in reducing the number of uninsured and underinsured Georgians, and help close the gap between public and private health insurance coverage.”

Albany Area Primary Health Care, Inc.
Support to provide comprehensive geriatric medical services to the residents of Baker, Calhoun, Dougherty, Lee and Terell counties.
Atlanta Regional Health Forum, Inc. 
Support to strengthen the Atlanta Regional Health Forum's ability to implement its strategic plan and monitor improvements in health in the metropolitan Atlanta region.
Center for the Visually
Impaired, Inc.
Support to increase organizational capacity to participate in a
Medicare Low Vision Rehabilitation Demonstration Project.
Down Syndrome
Association of Atlanta
Support to implement the Asociacion Hispana de Sindrome de Down de Atlanta (AHSDA) program in metropolitan Atlanta.
Georgia Free Clinic Network Inc.
Core operating and project support to establish an organizational home for free clinics providing access to quality and affordable health care for Georgia's medically underserved.
Goodwin Community
Health Center Inc.


Support to plan for implementation of a multi-share health care coverage program in three Coastal Georgia counties.
Health Care Central
Georgia, Inc.
Support to plan for implementation of a multi-share health care coverage program in seven central Georgia counties.
Lawson Neel MedBank,
Support to expand a prescription drug assistance program in Thomas County, Georgia.
Northwest Georgia
Healthcare Partnership,
Support to plan for implementation of a multi-share health care coverage program in two Northwest Georgia counties.
Southeast Health District
Support to provide intensive nursing case management services to high-risk pregnant women and their infants in southeast Georgia.
Southwest Georgia Area
Health Education Center (SOWEGA-AHEC)
Provide support to update the Health Careers in Georgia manual.
Women's Policy Education
Support to streamline and maintain HealthTRAK, an online legislative tracking system, and strengthen the capacity of the organization.

Total $1,406,000  









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: