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Healthcare Georgia Foundation announces Statewide Grants Totaling over $1.1 million



  Toni Almasy
Avatar Communications, Inc.

                           Innovative Statwide Distance Learning Pilot Program to Connect Health                                                 Care Providers and Nonprofit Health Organizations

Atlanta, Georgia – November 17, 2005 – Healthcare Georgia Foundation today announced its most recent round of grantmaking, awarding over $1.1 million to 11 nonprofit health organizations and programs in Georgia. The Foundation’s grantmaking featured a new statewide distance learning pilot program, aimed at bridging crucial connections between health care providers and nonprofits health organizations across Georgia.

“The strategic application of technology has the potential to improve health and health care across our state, particularly in underserved rural areas,” said Gary Nelson, president of Healthcare Georgia Foundation. “By exploring the potential for a statewide distance learning program, the Foundation hopes to strengthen the partnerships between health care providers and nonprofit health organizations, improving their ability to improve access to affordable, high quality health care services.”
The Foundation’s most recent grant awards include:

The grant awards are as follows:

Emory University
Support to update the executive summary of The Facts About Georgians: Our Health Depends on It report published in Fall 2003.


Foothills Area Health Education Center
Support to host the "Medicare Part D, the new Medicare Prescription Drug Benefit" workshop to be held on October 20, 2005 in Augusta, GA.


Georgia Budget and Policy Institute
Support to prepare and publish a policy brief on Medicaid Modernization in Georgia for distribution to policy makers and the general public.


Georgia Cancer Coalition, Inc. $7,000
Support to host a Health Expo during the 2005 Bristol-Myers Squibb Tour of Hope celebration to be held October 5, 2005 at Centennial Olympic Park in Atlanta, GA.


Georgia State University School of Social Work
Support to develop and implement a three phase project designed to inform nonprofit health providers, policymakers, and elected officials about home and community-based services, model programs and effective policies.


North Georgia Community Foundation


Support to participate in a beta test of statewide distance learning network program serving nonprofit health organizations in north central and northeast Georgia.


PATH Foundation, Inc.
Support to conduct a study of PATH trails in an effort to increase trail usage and accessibility to all Georgians.


TechBridge, Inc.
Support to procure, install, test and deliver maintenance and equipment training, and to provide ongoing resource support for a beta test of a statewide distance learning network program.


Three Rivers Area Health Education Center
Support to participate in a beta test of a statewide distance learning network program serving nonprofit health organizations in west central Georgia.


University of Georgia Research Foundation, Inc.
Support to conduct three public opinion healthcare telephone surveys in the state of Georgia.


Voices for Georgia's Children
Support to develop a set of child health indicators that will be measured annually to monitor the impact of health system changes on Georgia's poorest children.


Total $1,177,800


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: