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For Immediate Release


Toni Almasy
Avatar Communications, Inc.

Healthcare Georgia Foundation Announces $1,389,000 in Grants to Sixteen Organizations

Highlighted grants include community-based approaches to addressing childhood obesity and improving health policy through research, education, outreach and advocacy

Atlanta, GA – October 16, 2013 - Healthcare Georgia Foundation today announced its third quarter grant awards to sixteen nonprofit health organizations and programs. The grants reflect the Foundation’s ongoing investment in the prevention and reduction of childhood obesity and as well as its efforts to advance health policy in Georgia.

Over the past eight years, Healthcare Georgia Foundation has been a staunch supporter of the reduction of childhood obesity through its Childhood Obesity Prevention Program. During this time, the Foundation has invested more than $3.3 million in 17 programs and organizations dedicated to improving this multi-faceted health issue. A recent CDC report featured a turnaround in childhood obesity rates in Georgia, where numbers went from approximately 1 million in 2007 to 945,000 in 2011. “The Foundation is encouraged by the decrease in childhood obesity figures in Georgia and across the country,” said Gary D. Nelson, president, Healthcare Georgia Foundation. “However, there is much more work to be done. These grants reflect our firm belief that community-based approaches, a healthy environment and effective health policies are all critical factors that contribute greatly to the success of this important public health issue in our state.”

Georgia’s underserved and low-income populations continue to be the state’s most vulnerable when it comes to ensuring access to care and the reduction of health disparities. “A successful approach to improving community health includes the advancement of public policy through a collaborative, multi-pronged approach of research, education, outreach and advocacy,” continued Nelson. “By helping to provide communities with the policy tools and resources they need to better understand the healthy lifestyle options they have at their disposal, we for better health and healthcare for all Georgians across our state."

Cobb Health Futures Foundation $150,000
Support to partner with the Cobb 2020 coalition to develop and implement local policies addressing childhood obesity, and implement a community health promotion campaign.    
College of Coastal Georgia $10,000
Support for its role in a statewide leadership forums titled: 2014 is Now: Addressing Healthcare Access, Cost and Quality in Georgia to be held in Atlanta Georgia, September 23, 2013 and December 12, 2013.    
Community Catalyst, Inc. $5,000
Support for its annual convening of state health policy advocates to be held in Atlanta (Emory Conference Center) in July, 2013.    
Cook County Family Connection $150,000
Support to develop and implement local obesity related policies, and provide community educational opportunities on healthy lifestyle options.    
Georgia Budget and Policy Institute, Inc. $75,000
Support to develop and package a wide-ranging research portfolio to address Medicaid redesign, Medicaid expansion and opportunities around policy recommendations to incorporate a "health in all policies" approach.    
Georgia Charitable Care Network $25,000
Support to plan, design and evaluate six HealthTecdl Webinar programs focused on safety net leadership and operation issues.    
Georgia College & State University Foundation $150,000
Support on behalf of the Center for Health & Social Issues (CHSI) to partner with the Live Healthy Baldwin coalition to establish local policies and environmental infrastructure changes.    
Georgia Public Health Association $3,000
Support for Board of Public Health training on accreditation.    
Georgia State University Foundation $150,000
Support to provide Technical Assistance (TA) support on developing and implementing policy strategies to the Foundation’s Childhood Obesity Prevention Program grantees.    
Georgia Watch $75,000
Support to collect hospital Community Health Needs Assessments (CHNA), analyze data on identified needs, carry out activities planned to address identified needs, and issue a report on the hospital’s actual efforts to address community needs.    
Georgians for a Healthy Future $75,000
Support to focus on expanding access to quality affordable health care services in Georgia through education and advocacy around the implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA).    
ICF Macro, Inc. $150,000
Support for Year One evaluation of the Foundation’s recently released Request for Proposals (RFP) for the Childhood Obesity Prevention Program.    
Magnetic North $6,000
Support for a leadership development program specifically designed for the philanthropic workforce    
Porter Novelli $140,000
Support to plan and convene two statewide healthcare leadership forums titled: 2014 is Now: Addressing Healthcare Access, Cost, and Quality in Georgia.    
The Carter Center, Inc. $75,000
Support to strengthen policy infrastructure in Georgia to support integrated care within the safety-net healthcare system.    
YMCA of Coastal Georgia, Inc. $150,000
Support to conduct a health promotion and community awareness campaign to support the adoption of local complete streets policies and the construction of the Truman Linear Park non-motorized trail in Savannah, Georgia.    

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: