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Healthcare Georgia Foundation Awards over $1.6 Million to 16 Local Grant Recipients


  Toni Almasy
Avatar Communications, Inc.

                           In Total, the Foundation Awarded More Than $4 Million in 2004
              to 50 Organizations that Promote Better Health and Health Care Throughout Georgia


Atlanta, Georgia – January 11, 2005 – Healthcare Georgia Foundation today announced grant awards totaling more than $1,600,000 to sixteen organizations committed to improving the health and health care of all Georgians.

“These grant awards reflect our ongoing commitment to provide nonprofit health organizations, policymakers, health advocates, and residents with the technical and financial resources that will directly benefit the health of Georgia’s underserved individuals and communities,” according to Dr. Gary D. Nelson, president of Healthcare Georgia Foundation. “In 2005, the Foundation will continue to advance the remarkable efforts of programs and services dedicated to producing a sustained, long-term beneficial impact on the health of all Georgians.”

Healthcare Georgia Foundation’s most recent grant recipients include:


Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis Association

Support for the Medical College of Georgia ALS clinic serving ALS patients and families in the southeastern and rural counties of Georgia.


Disability Action Center of Georgia

Support for the 'transitions' program managing the process of moving disabled, institutionalized Georgians in Macon and Atlanta to community living alternatives that promote a healthy quality of life.


Emory University, Woodruff Health Sciences Center

Support for research aimed at reducing health disparities among Georgians by focusing on health literacy.


Georgia Budget and Policy Institute.

Support to analyze Georgia budget and tax policies that affect health and access to healthcare, and to communicate effectively with policymakers and the public about the impact of these policies.


Georgia Commission on Women

Support for the Childhood Overweight Initiative (CHOW) pilot program to be implemented in five rural, Georgia elementary schools.


Georgia Rural Health Association, Inc.


Support to increase provider and patient education in up to 25 rural nonprofit hospitals, including critical access facilities in Georgia, through a matching grant program and collaborative enrollment effort in TiP-TV and The Patient Channel.
Health Students Taking Action Together

Support to host HSTAT’s 3rd Annual Leadership Symposium on Preventing Childhood Obesity: HealthSTAT’s Call to Action held October 23-24, 2004 at Morehouse School of Medicine.


Henry W. Grady Foundation, Inc.

Support for the 24-hour Care Management Unit (CMU) to reduce emergency department use by improving the outpatient management of patients with ambulatory care sensitive conditions.


McKinney Community Health Center, Inc.

Support to provide diabetes patient and community education in Southeast Georgia.


The Morehouse School of Medicine, Inc.

Support for the 4th annual Primary Care & Prevention Conference titled Improving Health, Eliminating Disparities held in Atlanta October 25-27, 2004.


National Council of La Raza

Support for a planning grant to initiate the planning process for the Georgia Latino Health Agenda and Leadership Project, a project to convene Latino health professionals in Georgia.


Porter Novelli

Support for a third listening tour focused on policymakers and community leaders throughout Georgia who influence actions that affect health and health care in the state.


PsychSource, Inc.

Support to expand its searchable web-database of mental health resources to include the metropolitan areas of Columbus, Macon, Augusta, Rome and Athens, Georgia.


St. Joseph's Candler Health System, Inc.

Support for St. Joseph’s/Candler African-American Health Information and Resource Center and the provision of health promotion, prevention and wellness programs that address health disparities among underserved and uninsured residents of Chatham County.


University of Georgia – Georgia Center for Obesity and Related Disorders

Support for bridge funding for the Washington-Wilkes County obesity intervention program and to develop and disseminate a guide to developing rural community health partnerships based on this model.


Valley Healthcare System, Inc.

General operating support to provide healthcare to underinsured and uninsured residents in south Columbus.





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: