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Healthcare Georgia Foundation Awards 13 Grants Totaling more than $1.1 Million


  Toni Almasy
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                                       Grants reflect Foundation’s recent focus on advancing the quality and
                                                availability of  home and community-based services

Atlanta, Georgia – August 15, 2007, Healthcare Georgia Foundation announced today its most recent grantmaking, awarding 13 organizations and programs more than $1.1 million in grants. The Foundation made a significant investment in advancing the quality and availability of home and community-based services by awarding nearly $300,000 in support of surveys, training, and the expansion of provider and caregiver resources.

Healthcare Georgia Foundation president Gary Nelson stated, “the system supporting home and community-based services for Georgia’s elderly and persons with disabilities should be robust, with trained caregivers providing quality care. In addition, it should be rational, providing access to a coherent set of high quality services. Lastly, it must be a ready system, one that engages all stakeholders now to realign the system for the consumer.”

The awards are as follows:

Atlanta Regional Commission (ARC)
Provide a training curriculum to direct care workers supervisors/management staff and to establish a 'Taking Care' coalition in metropolitan Atlanta.


Central Presbyterian Church Outreach Center 
Support to complete an environmental scan to determine how to serve and address the critical needs of the homeless in Atlanta.


Emory University
Support to analyze a survey of 2,500 nursing aides in Georgia and to disseminate the survey findings to home and community-based service providers and key informants.


Georgia Coalition for Physical Activity & Nutrition, Inc. $250,000
Support to build statewide advocacy for state and local policies that promote active, healthy lifestyles.


Georgia Public Health Association, Inc.
Support to strengthen GPHA's capacity to build Georgia's network of public health professionals and public health students.


Georgia State University - Institute of Public Health 


Support for Policy Leadership for Active Youth (PLAY), a project to identify and evaluate promising programs and policies to decrease childhood overweight in Georgia.


McManus Health Policy, Inc.
Support to document best and promising practices related to expanding healthcare access and coverage.


Rosalynn Carter Institute for Caregiving
Support for provider networks to train formal caregivers (home health aides) and informal caregivers (family members and friends) and create a statewide online resource center.


Sumter Regional Hospital Foundation
Core operating support for health care services at Sumter Regional Hospital.


TechBridge, Inc.
Support to engage in a time limited assessment of distance learning technology providing an analysis of the efficiency, effectiveness and costs associated with alternative technology products and services.


Theisen Consulting LLC 
Support to prepare a text/material on a guide to strategic planning for nonprofit organizations, coalitions, and collaborative (both incorporated and unincorporated entities).


University of Georgia - Institute of Gerontology


Support to strengthen the quality of home and community-based services by providing web-based training for formal caregivers (home health aides) and informal caregivers (family members and friends) in Georgia.


Ware Children's Initiative, Inc. $7,500
Support for the Greater Mt. Zion African Methodist Episcopal Church community-based after school program serving youth ages 9-18.


Total $1,174,500










































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: